The list below shows the Top 10 best MPG SUV models currently available to buy as new in the UK. Finding a SUV model with high fuel economy and low emissions can have a significant impact on both fuel bills and other running costs.
2015 Nissan Juke — EPA Estimates: 28 City/34 Highway The Nissan Juke is a used SUV with best MPG that many shoppers should consider. While many may define this funky little car as more of a hatchback than an SUV, its 5-seat capacity, and generous cargo space help to solidify its place in the compact SUV/crossover market. The 2021 BMW X3 xDrive30e (the xDrive45e's little brother) scores the sixth spot on our list of SUVs with the best mpg. The BMW X3 xDrive30e plug-in hybrid uses a smaller 2.0-liter turbocharged I. Here are the most fuel-efficient SUVS of 2021, ranked by combined fuel economy when equipped with an automatic transmission.
Electric cars and plug-in hybrids are excluded from this list of SUV models with high MPG as they do not have a directly comparable MPG figure. Select another vehicle class or other criteria to see more high fuel economy cars or use the main car search to find used cars or filter by more criteria.
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The official MPG figures for all vehicles, including SUV models are derived from the NEDC test. There are two parts to the test: an 'urban' cycle designed to reflect driving in a city environment with many stops and starts and an 'extra-urban' cycle designed to mirror more steady state motorway and country routes. The 'combined' figure, which is the most often quoted figure is an average of 'urban' and 'extra-urban' weighted by the distances covered in each test.
Often drivers find that it is difficult to achieve the official MPG figures, and it is well understood that these rates should be used as a comparison rather than a target to achieve. Next Green Car has estimated a 'Real MPG' figure which reflects real-world conditions more closely. See the real MPG page for more info.
Different SUV models can have dramatically different fuel economy, so before purchase it is essential to research into each model carefully to ensure a good fuel economy, with the resultant reduced fuel bills and car tax. High MPG is directly linked to lower tail-pipe CO2 so a SUV vehicle with good MPG will also emit a lower level of CO2 emissions into the environment.
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Whether the boost in fuel economy is due to hybrid technology or smaller engines with plenty of punch, this list of used SUVs with the best MPG will help you save, without sacrificing space or drivability. Since their introduction to the marketplace, SUVs have offered the appeal of cargo space, passenger room and off-road capability. And now, due to innovations in technology, some SUVs are beginning to add better fuel economy to their list of advantages. Here, you’ll find our overview of five of the most fuel efficient SUVs on today’s used market.
2015 Nissan Juke — EPA Estimates: 28 City/34 Highway
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The Nissan Juke is a used SUV with best MPG that many shoppers should consider. While many may define this funky little car as more of a hatchback than an SUV, its 5-seat capacity, and generous cargo space help to solidify its place in the compact SUV/crossover market. See a list of the Best Used Crossover SUVs.
2015 Lexus RX 450h — EPA Estimates: 31 City/28 Highway
Boasting power, acceleration, and competitive fuel economy, the Lexus RX 450h treats car buyers to a luxury driving experience, while offering the appeal of being eco-friendly. This used hybrid SUV with best MPG, coming complete with a host of standard upscale features, also offers the type of interior refinement not often found in other hybrids.
2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid — EPA Estimates: 27 City/28 Highway
With its large interior and impressively powerful engine, it may be hard to believe that this used SUV offers superior fuel efficiency. Boasting a third row of seats, the Highlander offers the driving dynamics of a sedan, but with the cargo space and ride height you would expect from a midsize SUV. See a list of the Best MPG Used Hybrids
2015 Hyundai Tucson — EPA Estimates: 23 City/29 Highway
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For price, affordability and fuel economy, without sacrificing room and driving experience, the Hyundai Tucson offers it all. Capable of seating five passengers and coming standard with plenty of interior features, the Tucson is a great used SUV that happens to have some of the best MPG. See more Best MPG SUVs.
2012 Ford Escape Hybrid — EPA Estimates: 34 City/31 Highway
As one of the best-selling SUVs of all time, the Ford Escape is a safe choice for the car buyer looking for that combination of room, comfort, and styling. Add in a hybrid engine that made the Escape Hybrid the most fuel-efficient SUV in its class at the time, and you will be hard-pressed to find a better option on the used SUV marketplace, particularly if you’re looking for best MPG. This model was discontinued after 2012, making them hard to find, but a great bargain.