The Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs

SUVs are very versatile vehicles for transporting passengers as well as cargo, but now you don’t have to sacrifice fuel economy to get the space you want.  Many SUVs now have fuel economy that are comparable to sedans.  There are a few hybrids and diesel SUVs, but regular gasoline engines can be gas sippers in SUVs as well.

Among Consumer Reports’ vehicle test criteria are measurements of fuel economy. Our fuel economy numbers come from our measurements using a precision flow meter and are rounded to the nearest mile per gallon (mpg).

At the bottom of the list is the BMW X5 xDrive35i with 14/28 city/highway mpg.

Our overall mileage is calculated from equal portions of city and expressway driving.

The chart that follows features the 38 most fuel-efficient SUVs that Consumer Reports has tested. (See our list of the most fuel-efficient cars). Also see our Ratings comparison by category, which lists each vehicle’s overall mileage. 

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