Fuel Efficient Crossovers

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  1. Even though you get more than one engine option with the Crosstrek, the most efficient configuration is the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to the CVT. If you happen to go with the manual gearbox then the fuel economy offered will be lesser at 22 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway.
  2. Lexus' best-selling RX crossover, which is now available in a three-row variant with seating for up to seven, offers power, luxury, and fuel economy in a single family-friendly package.
  3. The most-efficient SUVs, of course, are electrified models – either hybrids, plug-in hybrids, or full EVs. The Hyundai Kona Electric leads all comers in this regard, rated at the equivalent of 132.

It wasn’t that long ago that the typical family-oriented passenger car was notably more fuel-efficient than the average SUV. Today, the efficiency gap between the two vehicle types is much smaller than it used to be. Crossover SUVs–those based on passenger-car chassis instead of truck-like body-on-frame architectures–have proliferated, and many new SUV models have gotten smaller and lighter while still retaining an extra degree of cargo room and functionality over their comparable passenger-car counterparts.

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Vast numbers of car-buying public seem to approve: crossover SUVs now comfortably outsell traditional compact- and midsize sedans.

Worth noting is that the average vehicle sold in the U.S. in 2016 averaged just under 25 mpg. Remember that number.

Collected here are the ten most fuel-efficient crossovers now available for sale in the U.S., as ranked by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This list includes a number of fuel-saving technologies, such as diesel and hybrid powertrains.

Oh, and the 25 mpg average? Every vehicle on this list boasts an EPA combined (city/highway) average rating of 30 mpg or greater.

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Nissan Rogue Hybrid: 34 mpg combined

Drive: Front-wheel drive

City/Highway mpg: 33/35

Consumer Guide Observed Fuel Economy (mpg): 29.4

Drivetrain: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with hybrid assist/CVT automatic transmission

The AWD Rogue Hybrid is rated at 33 mpg combined.

Nissan Kicks: 33 mpg combined

2018 Nissan Kicks

Drive: Front-wheel drive

City/Highway mpg: 31/36

Consumer Guide Observed Fuel Economy (mpg): N/A

Drivetrain: 1.6-liter 4-cylinder/CVT automatic transmission

The Kicks is currently offered only with front-wheel drive.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: 32 mpg combined

Drive: AWD

City/Highway mpg: 34/30

Consumer Guide Observed Fuel Economy (mpg): 31.0

Drivetrain: 2.5-liter 4-cylinder/CVT automatic transmission

The RAV4 Hybrid is offered only with AWD.

Chevrolet Equinox Diesel: 32 mpg combined

2019 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel

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Drive: Front-wheel drive

City/Highway mpg: 28/39

Consumer Guide Observed Fuel Economy (mpg): N/A

Drivetrain: 1.6-liter turbodiesel/6-speed automatic

The AWD Equinox Diesel is EPA-rated at the same 32 mpg combined, but the highway rating drops to 38.

GMC Terrain Diesel: 32 mpg combined

Drive: Front-wheel drive

City/Highway mpg: 28/39

Consumer Guide Observed Fuel Economy (mpg): N/A

Drivetrain: 1.6-liter turbodiesel/6-speed automatic

The AWD Terrain Diesel is EPA-rated at the same 32 mpg combined, but the highway rating drops to 38.

Lexus NX 300h: 31 mpg combined

2019 Lexus NX 300h

Drive: AWD

City/Highway mpg: 33/30

Consumer Guide Observed Fuel Economy (mpg): 33.7

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Drivetrain: 2.5-liter 4-cylinder/CVT automatic transmission

The NX 300h is offered only with AWD.

Honda HR-V: 31 mpg combined

Drive: Front-wheel drive

City/Highway mpg: 28/34

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Consumer Guide Observed Fuel Economy (mpg) 27.0

Drivetrain: 1.8-liter 4-cylinder/CVT automatic transmission

The AWD HR-V is EPA-rated at a combined 29 mpg.

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Lexus RX 450h: 30 mpg combined

2018 Lexus RX 450h

Drive: AWD

City/Highway mpg: 31/28

Consumer Guide Observed Fuel Economy (mpg): 31.0

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Drivetrain: 3.5-liter V6 with hybrid assist/CVT automatic transmission

The Lexus 450h is available only with AWD.

Honda CR-V: 30 mpg combined

Drive: Front-wheel drive

City/Highway mpg: 28/34

Consumer Guide Observed Fuel Economy (mpg): 26.2 (AWD)

Drivetrain:1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder/CVT automatic transmission

The CR-V with the 1.5-liter engine and AWD is EPA rated at a combined 29 mpg.

Hyundai Kona: 30 mpg combined

2019 Hyundai Kona

Drive: Front-wheel drive

City/Highway mpg: 28/32

Consumer Guide Observed Fuel Economy (mpg): 27.3*

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Drivetrain:1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder/7-speed automatic transmission

AWD Konas powered by this engine are EPA rated at a combined 27 mpg. *Consumer Guide’s evaluation is of a front-wheel-drive Kona powered by the base 2.0-liter engine.

By Alexander Stoklosa of Motor Trend

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