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10 Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs and Crossovers

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10 Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs and Crossovers

It doesn’t look like gas prices are going to get any lower any time soon... And when you’re interested in buying an SUV or crossover vehicle, the price of gas is a big factor in your purchase decision. It is one thing to pay the monthly payments and insurance costs and when you add in the cost of gas, it can make owning a larger vehicle an affordable challenge.

Luckily manufacturers are recognizing this situation and are working hard to make their SUVs and crossovers more fuel efficient and essentially - more affordable. In fact the crossover market is booming these days thanks to the overall better fuel-efficiency this category of vehicle offers when compared to the SUV.

To help you with your new vehicle purchase research, the team of experts at Kelley Blue Book have reviewed the latest rating and fuel economy numbers for these vehicles and have put together a list of the 10 Most Fuel-efficient SUVs and Crossovers.

2012 Jeep Patriot

This crossover has a lot going for it in terms of history and brand awareness so when you add a solid combined 25 miles per gallon to the list of features - the Jeep Patriot becomes a good choice. The 2012 vehicle offers 23 city miles per gallon and 29 miles per gallon on the highway.

2012 Hyundai Tucson

As the smallest crossover in the list, Hyundai has gifted this vehicle with some smart and fuel-efficient features for 2012 that help it come out ahead of its smaller-sized competitors. With the six-speed automatic transmission Hyundai Tucson you benefit from the Active ECO System which can add up to more gas in the tank. This newly-designed for 2012 vehicle offers a combined gas mileage of 26 miles with 23 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway.

2012 Honda CR-V

Honda has redesigned their long-standing CR-V and along the way it is quietly turning heads for its clean lines, bonus features including rear-seat entertainment system and telepathic driving response. The 2012 Honda CR-V makes the list with a combined gas mileage of 26 miles including 23 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway.

2012 Chevrolet Equinox

Pushing the limits of a compact crossover, the Chevrolet Equinox is one of the bigger and roomier vehicles on the list. But with a leading 32 highway miles per gallon it stays ahead of all of its competitors. This crossover offers 22 city miles per gallon and a combined 26 miles per gallon.

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

While this crossover has less power under its hood than some of its competitors, it does boast affordably, fuel-efficiency and some clean lines. With an impressive sound system to keep you and your passengers happy during the ride, you’ll be even happier with the combined 27 miles per gallon including 31 miles per gallon on the highway and 25 miles per gallon in the city.

2012 Toyota Highlander

This is the first seven-passenger SUV that offers a hybrid powertrain system - this is the most fuel-efficient choice in the SUV category. With leading fuel economy and a good chunk of power under the hood (in fact more than the non-hybrid model), the 2012 Toyota Highlander should be on your list. This SUV offers a combined 28 miles per gallon with city and highway miles per gallon sitting at 28.

2012 Nissan Juke

You either love or hate the lines and design of the Nissan Juke but when you’re concerned about fuel economy, this is a crossover that needs to be on your list. This head-turning vehicle is tons of fun to drive and when you factor in the combined 29 miles per gallon - this crossover is a good choice. Don’t forget to consider the all-wheel drive system and sporty dynamics of this vehicle.

2012 Lexus RX

As the leader in the luxury crossover category, the RX also takes the prize for being the first hybrid-powered luxury crossover. The 2012 Lexus RX boasts 450 horsepower along with a combined gas mileage of 30 mpg including 32 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway.

2012 MINI Cooper Countryman

No, this is not a mistake - this mini little vehicle definitely does fall into the crossover category thanks to features such as ALL4 all-wheel drive and it even has enough clearance for some off-road fun. This MINI will turn heads, has room for all of your gear and offers you a combined 30 miles per gallon with 35 miles per gallon on the highway.

2012 Ford Escape

The 2012 Ford Escape takes first place in the list with a combined gas mileage of 32 miles including 34 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway. Sadly it is the last year for the Escape Hybrid so now is your chance to snap up this vehicle before it is gone from dealer lots. This well-known and recognized vehicle gives you lots of room for your gear, sports equipment and laptop bags along with an optional all-wheel drive system and of course the hybrid powertrain. The 34 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway will keep you smiling all day long.

This list put together by the team of automotive experts at Kelley Blue Book highlights how diverse the SUV and crossover vehicle categories have become. From luxury hybrid vehicles to the smaller but incredibly fuel efficient MINI - there is a vehicle on the list that will have you out enjoying the open road and keeping a few more dollars in your pocket at the gas pump. To learn more about getting good fuel economy, follow the tips in our article: Get The Best Fuel Economy Possible.