Top 10 Best SUVs for Fuel Economy

2015 Buick Encore

Because gas prices are up and keep going up and don’t seem to have any point where they will start to come back down its important when shopping for a vehicle to look for the best gas mileage you can get. With advanced technology many larger vehicles are offering gas mileage that would have put small cars to shame only a few years ago. Here is a list of the top 10 best gas mileage SUVs.

#10 2015 Audi Q7

The Q7 3.0 TDI Premium model is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 intercooled turbo engine that offers 240 horsepower. It is matched up with an eight-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, side seat mounted airbags, SIDEGUARD curtain first, second and third row overhead airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 19-inch aluminum wheels, cruise control, driveline traction control and Quattro all-wheel drive. The fuel efficiency for this very nice luxury SUV comes in at 19 city/28 hwy mpg.

#9 2015 Acura RDX

The RDX at the base model includes a 3.5-liter V6 engine that brings in 273 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle comes equipped with overdrive, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, side seat mounted airbags, curtain airbags for the first and second row descending from overhead, an airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18-inch aluminum wheels, cruise control, driveline traction control and electronic stability control. The fuel efficiency for this excellent luxury vehicle comes in at 20 city/28 hwy mpg.

#8 2015 Acura MDX

Two Acuras back to back in a great list may drive some shoppers to the Acura dealerships. The MDX in it standard 3.5L form comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that offers 290 horsepower and is paired up with a six-speed automatic transmission. This vehicle comes with overdrive, anti-lock brakes, SmartVent side mounted airbags, curtain airbags for all three rows that descend from above, a driver knee airbag, an airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning 18-inch aluminum wheels, cruise control, driveline traction control and Vehicle Stability Assist electronic stability control. The fuel efficiency for this SUV is equal to the RDX at 20 city/28 hwy mpg.

#7 2014 Volkswagen Touareg

The standard power plant for the Volkswagen Touareg TDI Sport is a 3.0-liter intercooled turbo diesel powered engine that comes in with 240 horsepower and is paired up with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This vehicle includes overdrive, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, an integrated navigation system, side seat mounted airbags, first and second row overhead descending curtain airbags, an airbag occupancy sensor, Climatronic automatic air conditioning, 18-inch aluminum wheels, cruise control and driveline traction control. The fuel efficiency for this vehicle comes in at 20 city/29 hwy mpg.

#6 2014 Porsche Cayenne

The Porsche Cayenne Diesel features a 3.0-liter V6 intercooled turbo diesel powered engine that has 240 horsepower and is matched up with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This vehicle includes overdrive, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, side seat mounted airbags, overhead descending curtain airbags for each row, a rear side impact airbag, a driver knee airbag, an airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18-inch aluminum wheels, cruise control, driveline traction control and all-wheel drive. The fuel efficiency for this SUV comes in at 20 city/29 hwy mpg.

#5 2015 Jeep Patriot

This offering from Jeep on the Sport model includes a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that offers only 158 horsepower while being mated to a five-speed manual transmission. This vehicle includes overdrive, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, side seat mounted airbags, descending curtain airbags for all rows, an airbag occupancy sensor, 16-inch styled steel wheels, cruise control, driveline traction control, electronic stability control and an audio system with MP3 capability and four-speakers. The fuel efficiency offered from the maker of the first SUV comes in at 23 city/30 hwy mpg.

#4 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

For the Outlander ES model the engine comes in as a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine that offers 166 horsepower. This engine is paired with a two-speed continuously variable transmission. The vehicle includes overdrive, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, side seat mounted airbags, descending overhead airbags for all rows, a driver knee airbag, an airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 16-inch steel wheels, cruise control, driveline traction control and electronic stability control. The fuel efficiency offered for this SUV comes in at 25 city/31 hwy mpg.

#3 2014 BMW X5

For the standard BMW X5 xDrive35d the engine offered is a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder twin turbo engine that gets paired up with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This vehicle comes standard with overdrive, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, an integrate navigation system, side seat mounted airbags, descending overhead curtain airbags for both rows, an airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18-inch aluminum wheels, cruise control and driveline traction control. The fuel efficiency for the BMW comes in at 23 city/31 hwy mpg.

#2 2015 GMC Terrain

For the base model GMC Terrain SLE-1 the engine offered is a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine that comes with 182 horsepower and gets mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. This vehicle includes overdrive, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, side seat mounted airbags, descending curtain airbags for all rows, an airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 17-inch aluminum wheels, cruise control, driveling traction control, and electronic stability control. The fuel efficiency for the runner up comes in at 22 city/32 hwy mpg.

#1 2015 Buick Encore

As the most fuel efficient of the SUV classes the Buick Encore base model is powered by a 1.4-liter inline four-cylinder intercooled turbo engine that offers 138 horsepower and is partnered with a six-speed automatic transmission. This winner comes in with overdrive, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, side seat mounted airbags, descending overhead curtain airbags for each row, a rear side-impact airbag, driver and passenger knee airbags, an airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 18-inch aluminum wheels, cruise control, driveline traction control and StabiliTrak electronic stability control. The fuel efficiency for the most fuel efficiency SUV comes in at 25 city/33 hwy mpg.

There you have it, the top ten fuel efficient SUV’s and as you can see some of them are from this last model year which can still be gotten for a great deal as dealers make room for the new model year to begin. Make sure before buying the most fuel efficient of the group the vehicle offers enough power and equipment to meet your needs. The list offers a great place to start when shopping for a new SUV, especially if fuel efficiency is important to you.

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