SUV Gas Mileage: 8 Best Selling Models with the Highest MPG

January 27, 2012

When it comes to SUV gas mileage, they typically do not score as high as cars do. With the rising want from many vehicle buyers for more green cars and higher fuel efficiency, SUVs are becoming less popular, and gaining the distinction of "gas guzzlers." With hybrid technology, SUVs are now becoming more fuel efficient, and are even more efficient than many regular sized cars on the market. Here are some of the best MPG ratings when it comes to SUV fuel economy.

Ford Escape / Mercury Milan / Mazda Tribute Hybrids

These three models are all pretty much the same SUV. They are so similar and they have the exact same specifications when it comes to the engine and fuel economy. Each comes with a 4 cylinder 2.5 liter engine, which is not that powerful for an SUV. SUV buyers typically want power and these three lack that. However, to get something you have to give something. In exchange for the weak engine, you get the best fuel economy for SUVs ever. These models can get 34 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway, for a combined rating of 32 miles per gallon. The annual fuel cost is estimated at around $1325, which is more than $200 less than any of its nearest competitors. 

Lexus RX 450h

The Lexus RX 450h is a luxury SUV hybrid and the first of its kind. It comes with a much higher price tag than the regular model, but Lexus is banking on the fact that if you are already spending a ton of money on their model, and you are a green buyer, you will go straight for the hybrid. It can get 32 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway, for a combined rating of 30 miles per gallon. 

Toyota Highlander

The Highlander is a new addition to this list, and it can give you the power that an SUV buyer wants, as well as great fuel economy. The Highlander comes equipped with a 6 cylinder 3.5 liter engine. With that power, it can still get 28 miles per gallon on the highway, as well as in the city.

Nissan Juke

The Juke is a new Nissan model and it is a small SUV, similar to the Honda CRV or Toyota Rav4. You will not see the typical SUV power with only a 4 cylinder 1.6 liter engine, but you will see some great fuel economy for a bargain price. It can get 32 miles per gallon on the highway and 27 miles per gallon in the city, for a combined rating of 29 miles per gallon. Be aware that this SUV takes Premium, so that is an added cost.

Jeep Compass / Patriot

These two models are a little bit of a surprise, as Jeeps are thought of as being rugged and off road vehicles, which tends to create bad gas mileage. While this is normally true, these two are the exception. They each get 29 miles per gallon on the highway and 23 miles per gallon in the city.