Just in time for road trip season
Sometimes you’d rather leave the sedan in the garage and take a crossover on your summer road trip, but you don’t want to fill up at every stop. Check out our list of crossovers with the best gas mileage, based on EPA numbers.
Mercedes-Benz GLK250 Bluetec: 28 mpg (8.4 L/100km)
Here is one fuel-efficient crossover with athletic appeal. The Benz sips fuel from a 2.1-liter, turbodiesel four-cylinder with 200 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. According to Mercedes, it is the most powerful diesel inline-four available in a production SUV and reaches 24/33 mpg (9.8/7.1 L/100km) city/highway. Drivers will enjoy a smooth ride without that distinctive rattling noise you expect on most diesel vehicles.
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: 28 mpg (8.4 L/100km)
For 2015, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport receives the Lancer’s 168-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Unfortunately, that’s not the engine that provides the highest fuel economy. The crossover’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder is still sluggish from a stop, and it drones when pushed to higher speeds.
Subaru Outback: 28 mpg (8.4 L/100km)
The 2016 Subaru Outback offers an excellent all-wheel-drive system, but it is also perfectly comfortable as a road-going vehicle. When paired with the four-cylinder engine, the crossover reaches 25/33 mpg (9.4/7.1 L/100km) city/highway. Six-cylinder variants, which feel significantly more powerful on the road, only offer 20/27 mpg (11.8/8.7 L/100km).
Buick Encore: 28 mpg (8.4 L/100km)
The Buick Encore uses the very same 138-hp, 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder as its twin brother, the Chevrolet Trax. However, it achieves 1 less mile per gallon in both city and highway ratings. The Buick is substantially heavier than its Chevrolet counterpart, likely due to an abundance of extra features offered on the luxury model.
Fiat 500X: 28 mpg (8.4 L/100km)
Fiat‘s first crossover shares a platform with the Jeep Renegade, but the two models couldn’t be more different. The 500X is the more fuel-efficient of the two—topping out at 28 mpg (8.4 L/100km) instead of 27 mpg (8.7 L/100km)—but it suffers from a shaky ride, road noise, and slow acceleration. Maximum fuel economy is only achieved on the base model, which requires buyers to go for the 1.4-liter four-cylinder and six-speed manual transmission. On other models, expect no more than 25 mpg (9.4 L/100km) in combined city and highway driving.
Nissan Rogue: 28 mpg (8.4 L/100km)
The Rogue is rated at 26/33 mpg (9/7.1 L/100km) city/highway, making it one of the more efficient compact crossovers on the market. The Rogue’s continuously variable transmission is surprisingly responsive, as are the brakes, but the crossover never feels overeager or jerky. Thanks to its Divide-N-Hide cargo system, drivers can separate cargo compartments to organize and store all types of equipment more efficiently.
Toyota Highlander Hybrid: 28 mpg (8.4 L/100km)
Exactly how far has the Toyota Highlander come in the last 15 years? For one thing, it has since added an optional third row. Also, its V-6 engine model once hit just 18 mpg (13.1 L/100km), but with the Hybrid version, the 2015 Highlander is capable of achieving 28 mpg (8.4 L/100km) with a V-6 engine. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid‘s quiet interior, stable ride, and quality materials inspire confidence, although prices can easily surpass $50,000 USD. That makes the Highlander Hybrid just about as expensive as the Lexus RX 450h, which shares the same platform and engine.
Hyundai Tucson: 29 mpg (8.1 L/100km)
The Hyundai Tucson is all-new for the 2016 model year and is more fuel-efficient than its predecessor. The Tucson is equipped with a new 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that is standard on all trim levels except for the base model. Buyers looking for the best fuel economy will opt for the Eco trim, which maxes out at 26/33 mpg (9/7.1 L/100km) city/highway with the 1.6-liter engine.
Subaru XV Crosstrek: 29 mpg (8.1 L/100km)
It’s not as fuel-efficient as its hybrid variant, but it’s quite close. The gas-powered Subaru XV Crosstrek packs a 148-hp, 2.0-liter engine delivering 26/34 mpg (9/6.9 L/100km) city/highway when paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission. It also costs $4,400 USD less than the hybrid version, but unfortunately it isn’t any quicker on the road.
Chevrolet Trax: 29 mpg (8.1 L/100km)
At first, General Motors wasn’t even going to bring its subcompact Trax to the U.S. market. But thanks to the sales success of its Buick Encore twin, the Chevrolet Trax was introduced for the 2015 model year. Keeping true to the Chevy brand, it uses the same 138-hp, 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine as in the Cruze and Sonic. Despite its small size, it can carry items up to 8 feet long with the seats folded down.
Mazda CX-5: 29 mpg (8.1 L/100km)
Just like the Honda CR-V, the Mazda CX-5 is one of the most efficient mainstream compact crossovers around. Unfortunately, it achieves its best fuel economy (26/35 mpg (9/6.7 L/100km) city/highway) when paired with a rather anemic 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and manual transmission. Still, it’s almost as efficient when paired with a more enjoyable 2.5-liter four-cylinder and six-speed automatic. In this iteration, fuel economy comes in at 26/33 mpg (9/7.1 L/100km).
Honda CR-V: 29 mpg (8.1 L/100km)
This compact crossover delivers admirable fuel economy of up to 34 mpg (6.9 L/100km) on the highway, allowing for an estimated range of 444 miles on a single tank of gas. Driving in Econ mode usually boosts real-world fuel economy without marring the CR-V’s overall performance. The CR-V also boasts a planted ride, tighter steering, and plenty of interior space for the 2015 model year.
Nissan Juke: 30 mpg (7.8 L/100km)
It has all the personality you could ask for in a “cute ute,” as well as fuel economy of up to 34 mpg (6.9 L/100km) on the highway. The Juke is quicker than most models in its segment, and drivers will have no problems getting up to speed on the highway. Unfortunately, these positive attributes are marred by poor ride quality, lots of road noise, and little interior space.
BMW X3 xDrive28d: 30 mpg (7.8 L/100km)
Powered by a 2.0-liter diesel engine, this BMW X3 achieves great gas mileage and an estimated range of 531 miles (854.56 km) from a single tank of fuel. It’s considerably more efficient than its rival, the Audi Q5 Diesel, which achieves just 26 mpg (9 L/100km) in combined city and highway ratings. Both models are paired with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
Lexus RX 450h: 30 mpg (7.8 L/100km)
The Lexus RX is the best-selling luxury SUV in the U.S. and regularly outsells popular cars such as the BMW 3 Series. For 2016, the midsize hybrid crossover grows slightly in length and wheelbase, creating more wiggle room for passengers. The RX 450h also gets a slight boost in power, pumping out 300 ponies from its 3.5-liter V-6 and electric motor combination. Fuel economy numbers haven’t been released for the 2016 model year, but the current RX 450h is rated at 32/28 mpg (7.4/8.4 L/100km) city/highway.
Mazda CX-3: 31 mpg (7.6 L/100km)
One rival competes directly with the Honda HR-V in terms of fuel economy. The new Mazda CX-3 achieves 29/35 mpg (8.1/6.7 L/100km) city/highway, performing slightly better in the city than Honda‘s subcompact. The CX-3 is also relatively quick on the road compared to others in the same segment, and it offers the exciting handling you’d expect from a small Mazda car.
Honda HR-V: 31 mpg (7.6 L/100km)
The Honda HR-V already has a leg up over other competitors in the new subcompact crossover segment. Rated at 28/35 mpg (8.4/6.7 L/100km) city/highway, the CR-V bests the Nissan Juke, Chevrolet Trax, Fiat 500X, and Jeep Renegade in the fuel economy race. The HR-V can thank the Civic, from which it borrows its powertrain.
Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid: 31 mpg (7.6 L/100km)
Despite its standard all-wheel drive, the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid is the most efficient non-luxury crossover on the market, hitting 30/34 mpg (7.8/6.9 L/100km) city/highway. It’s also a highly capable off-road vehicle thanks to its beefy suspension and 8.7 inches (22.1 cm) of ground clearance. The Hybrid model loses a bit of interior space with its nickel-metal hydride battery, but the cabin still affords plenty of room for passengers and cargo.
Lexus NX 300h: 33 mpg (7.1 L/100km)
In hybrid guise, the Lexus NX compact crossover delivers 35 mpg (6.7 L/100km) in the city and 31 mpg (7.6 L/100km) on the highway. That makes it the most fuel-efficient crossover on the market. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and electric drive system put out a combined 194 hp, providing comfortable if not spirited performance. On the road, expect some strong pullback from its aggressive regenerative braking system.