Which 2011 SUV has the Best Fuel Economy?

January 27, 2012

There is a tie for the SUV with the best fuel economy on the road. It is actually a three way tie, and all three happen to be new hybrid SUV models. The three models are the Ford Escape, Mercury Mariner, and the Mazda Tribute. All three are very similar in attributes, which lends to their great fuel economy. Each has a 4 cylinder 2.5 liter engine, which is something you may find on a sedan and not an SUV, but it is for the fuel benefits. SUV gas mileage is typically low, in the teens and low 20's, but these three have the best MPG ratings for the SUV class. They get 34 miles per gallon on the highway and 31 miles per gallon in the city, for a combined rating of 32 miles per gallon. Each have a carbon footprint of only 5.8 which is excellent, considering most SUVs are around double that. These three models have the lowest fuel cost per year than any other SUV, at around $1275 per year, with the next closest model coming in at over $100 more per year for gas. If we take out the hybrid element, two gasoline models then are next on the list. The Hyundai Tuscon gets 31 miles per gallon on the highway and 23 miles per gallon in the city, for a combined rating of 26 miles per gallon. The other is the Mitsubishi Outlander which can get 31 miles per gallon on the highway and 25 miles per gallon in the city.