7 Fuel-Efficient SUVS to Help You Save Money at the Pump

December 5, 2014 Updated: April 23, 2016

Just because you drive an anything ready SUV doesn’t mean you have to feel the financial pinch every time you visit the pump. As fuel-efficiency finds itself at the top of every car buyer’s must-have list, more and more manufacturers are answering back with high-MPG SUVs. In order to help you find the most fuel-efficient sport utility for your needs, here are seven of the highest rated gas-sipping SUVs on the market. 

1. Raving About the RAV4’s Gas Mileage 

Toyota was one of the first manufacturer’s to put a sport utility vehicle on the highway, so it’s no wonder they’re also one of the first to offer a fuel-efficient alternative to gas guzzling off-road vehicles. The RAV4 is as nimble as it is compact and it offers some of the best MPGs on the road. 

The RAV4’s 4-cylinder, 2.5-liter engine gets an impressive 176 horsepower and what’s even more impressive is the compact SUV’s fuel economy. With 24 miles per gallon city and a whopping 31 miles per gallon highway, the RAV4 will definitely save you money at the pump. This can be great depending on the car driver type that you are and depending on the public transportation in your city.

2. An Encore for Fuel Efficiency 

In keeping with the all-purpose, compact SUV mindset, Buick brings a ton of sporty adventure to the table with its Encore. Not only can the encore seat 7 passengers, its 4-cylinder, 1.4-liter turbo engine also gets 25 miles per gallon city and a substantial 33 miles per gallon highway. On top of that, the Encore still achieves 138 horses in the power department. 

3. Trekking Across the Country in a Crosstrek 

Which came first, the SUV or the Hybrid? Well, Subaru answers the question with its part SUV, part sedan XV Crosstrek. If you like the feel of a sedan with the performance capabilities of an SUV, then the XV Crosstrek might just fit the bill. 

The XV Crosstrek has a 4-cylinder PZEV 2.0-liter engine that achieves a very respectable 148 horsepower. As for fuel economy, the hybrid Subaru gets 25 miles per gallon city and 33 miles per gallon highway for a combined 28 MPG. 

4. All-Wheel Drive Luxury and Best In Class Fuel Economy Combined 

If you’re in the market for an on and off-road SUV that puts both comfort and fuel economy in the driver’s seat, then Mercedes-Benz offers a line of luxury SUVs that combine the best of both worlds. The Mercedes-Benz GLK250 Bluetec offers all-wheel drive with unparalleled power and fuel efficiency. 

Not only does the GLK250 Bluetec have the power department covered with an inline 4-cylinder, 2.1-liter twin-turbo diesel engine that produces a road-ready 200 horsepower, all that power also comes with a gas-sipping MPG. That’s right, the GLK250 Bluetec achieves 24-MPG city and 33-MPG highway thanks to its diesel engine. 

5. Going Rogue with Excellent Fuel Economy 

Although Nissan entered the SUV arena with its Pathfinder and Xterra over a decade ago, it wasn’t until recently that the manufacturer had something to offer in terms of a fuel-efficient sport utility. 

The Rogue is Nissan’s compact SUV that packs a wallet-friendly punch at the pump. Its 4-cylinder, 2.5-liter engine achieves 170 horsepower as well as 26-MPG city and 33-MPG highway for a combined fuel economy of 29 miles per gallon. 

6. Fuel-Efficient by Design

The Mazda CX-5 has all the characteristics of an off-road SUV, but with the handling and fuel economy of a luxury sports car. The CX-5’s 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine gets 155 horsepower as well as 26 miles per gallon city and 32 miles per gallon. In addition, although the CX-5 has the stature of an off-road SUV, it maneuvers much like a car, which puts that drivability ball in your court. 

7. An Outlander Outfitted for Fuel Economy 

Last but not least is the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and its 148 horsepower, 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine that’s available in both all-wheel drive and standard two-wheel drive. Depending on which drivetrain you choose, the Outlander Sport is capable of achieving 24-MPG city and 31-MPG highway for a combined 27 miles per gallon. 

When you’re ready for adventure and reasonable prices at the pump, the SUVs above are sure to exceed your fuel-efficiency expectations.