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SUVs with the Best Gas Mileage

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SUVs have a lot to offer all kinds of drivers. If you’re looking to buy a used car, you might want to scale up to an SUV, so you get more ride height, leg room, cargo space, off-road capabilities, and other big-car benefits. That said, these benefits traditionally came at the cost of poor fuel economy—until now. We’ve created a list of SUVs with the best gas mileage.

Fuel-efficient SUVs are now available to buy in both the new and used market. The trick is finding a used SUV with the best gas mileage that also checks all of your boxes in terms of style, size, and other features that suit your needs.

What SUVs Have the Best Gas Mileage in 2022?

  • Kia Niro
  • Lexus UX 200
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Ford Escape
  • Nissan Rogue
  • Hyundai Tucson Hybrid
  • Hones CR-V Hybrid
  • Audi Q7
  • Kia Sorento
  • Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid

Kia Niro

Sea Green Kia Niro

The Kia Niro is an incredibly fuel-efficient subcompact hybrid SUV. You could even get your hands on a plug-in hybrid and full-electric model if you wanted.

This Kia Niro model is at the top of our list for SUVs with the best gas mileage overall for several reasons. Not only does it have all the technological bells and whistles we like, it has the perfect amount of cargo space for a fun road trip getaway while boasting a fuel economy of 43-50 mpg.

Lexus UX 200

Red Lexus UX 200

It shouldn’t surprise you that there’s a used Lexus SUV on our “best of” list. The Lexus UX boasts an efficient layout without having a hybrid system as it churns out an impressive 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway (33 mpg combined).

This is all coming from a sizable 2 Litre that puts out about 169 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. Not to mention, it’s a luxury SUV that’ll have you riding in smooth style with plenty of features to make you forget to feel bad for not owning a hybrid in this day and age.

Toyota RAV4

Anywhere you look, there’s a Toyota Rav4 of some age — and for good reason. These compact SUVs are among the best in virtually every category from reliability to capability and efficiency.

These affordable and attractive SUVs boast up to 28 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway and a combined 30 mpg. What’s interesting about the Rav4s is that the trim levels don’t take away from their fuel efficiency like they do in many other SUV models.

They also all use the same 2.5L 14 engines with a 203 hp output, which is impressive, to say the least.

Ford Escape

Blue Ford Escape

The Ford Escape is another fuel-efficient SUV that’s worth taking a look at. This unassuming compact model achieves an estimated fuel economy of 27 mpg in the city, 33 mph on the highway and a total of 30 mpg combined.

This is achieved with its base engine: a 1.5L turbocharged inline-three that puts out upwards of 180 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque that’s mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Escape’s available front-wheel drive is also what contributes to its fuel efficiency and thriftiness.

Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue has always been a nice-looking compact SUV and with its recent redesign, we’re getting a more upscale look and punchier engine. This 5-seater is powered by a 1.5L turbo engine and all-wheel drive with modest towing capacity for those who need it.

It also gets 28 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway — and it’s very affordable.

Hybrid SUVs with the Best Gas Mileage

Hyundai Tucson Hybrid

Dark Blue Hyundai Tucson Hybrid

The Hyundai Tucson model isn’t just a hybrid, it’s also incredibly sporty and modestly priced. The newest Tucson models are futuristic on the inside while remaining rugged and stylish on the outside. It boasts a whopping 38 mpg (combined) and a whole lot of cargo space.

There’s also an option for a plug-in hybrid model that can achieve 33 mpg on electricity alone.

Honda CR-V Hybrid

Dark Gray Honda CR-V Hybrid

The newest CR-V Hybrid rivals the Rav4, Ford Escape, and even the Hyundai Tucson thanks to significant upgrades. We’re talking modern safety tech, a more roomy interior, standard all-wheel drive, and a fuel economy rating of 38 mpg combined.

It’s also worth mentioning that the newer Honda CR-V models have more horsepower and torque than its non-hybrid CR-V counterparts, and they’re not even turbocharged.

Best MPG for Full-Size, Mid-Size & Sub-Compact SUVs

Audi Q7

black Audi Q7

If you’re looking for a full-size SUV that’s both fuel-efficient and stylish without sacrificing its sportiness, the recent Audi Q7 model is for you. This model offers three rows of seating, all-wheel drive, the latest in tech and safety features, and a 3.0L V6 Turbo engine.

It comes with a hefty yet reasonable price tag and can give you 18 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

Kia Sorento

Gray Kia Sorento

When you want a mid-size SUV at a reasonable price with an even more reasonable fuel economy, stop at the Kia Sorento.

Boasting 35-37 mpg thanks to its hybrid powertrain, the Sorento also offers a generous amount of space for its first two rows of seating and a little less for its third row. It’s also available as a plug-in hybrid which can achieve up to 32 mpg on electricity alone.

Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid

yellow Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid

The Corolla Cross is Toyota’s most recent crossover SUV, which looks very similar to the RAV4 in style. The Cross comes along with Toyota’s signature affordability and sporty trim level options as well as a base 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that puts out 169 hp on gas alone.

With its hybrid powertrain, you’re looking at a combined 37 mpg, and despite its smaller size, it’s pretty generous with the cargo space and leg room.

Which SUV has the best gas mileage and style for you?

Looking for an SUV that can offer you excellent gas mileage and more? Buying a used car has never been more worth your while than in 2022! Browse our selection today and find a used SUV that can give you everything you need.

Not only do we have a smooth car buying process, title and registration services, certified used car inspections, and more, but we’ve got auto industry experts standing by to help you find the perfect used SUV for you!