Highest Gas Mileage Small to Midsized SUVs and Crossovers for 2013

 

The SUV is often used as a symbol of anti-environmental excess. Remember the Hummer? Even so, large numbers of people still love to own them and drive them. To pretend that they don’t is pointless. So we’ve compiled this list of SUVs that get the highest gas mileage, which is significantly higher than some of the ones with the worst gas mileage, and also better than some sedans.

The Sport Utility Vehicle is a popular choice for those who enjoy the comfort of a car but the convenience of a truck. SUVs handle off-road adventures better than their smaller counterparts, can hold up to eight passengers while towing, and have extra interior space and cargo room, making the SUV truly versatile. The SUV also straddles the line for fuel efficiency; they generally get better gas mileage than trucks and rival gas mileage on many cars. We have compiled a list of the most fuel-efficient 2013 SUV models based on EPA fuel economy ratings.

The list is composed of automatic transmission models except for the Mazda CX-5, which receives better fuel economy with a manual transmission. Where applicable, we also listed manual transmission availability and compared the fuel economy. Because the EPA does not differentiate between SUV and the newer Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV), we have included both vehicle forms here, including the most fuel-efficient hybrid.

Lexus RX 450h Hybrid

2013 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid

The most fuel-efficient hybrid SUV of 2013 is the Lexus RX 450h. It comes in two trims: FWD and AWD (AWD gets a lesser combined fuel economy of 29). Although a hybrid, it still packs a powerful 295 total system horsepower from its 3.5-liter engine, 6-cylinder engine. Standard safety features include anti-lock braking system, electronic controlled braking, brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, regenerative braking system, ten airbags, side impact door beams, daytime running lights, fog lamps, tire pressure monitor system, traction control, and vehicle stability control. Standard convenience features include push button start/stop, LCD display, cruise control, outside temperature gauge, adjustable front seats, adjustable headrests and steering wheel, power open/close rear door, windows and locks, sunroof, dual-zone climate control, programmable seat settings, four driving modes (Normal, Sport, Eco, and EV), Bluetooth, USB iPod connectivity, and 18” alloy wheels. The five-seater Lexus 450h Hybrid is a certified super ultra-low emission vehicle. It is backed by a 6 year/70,000 mile powertrain warranty and an 8-year/100,000 mile Hybrid System Warranty.

EPA Fuel Economy Facts:

  • MPG Combined: 32
  • MPG City: 32
  • MPG Highway: 28
  • Tank Size: 17.4 gallons
  • Base price: $46,310

2013 nissan juke

2013 Nissan Juke

Nissan offers three versions of its fuel-efficient front-wheel drive 2013 Juke, with models increasing in standard convenience features: S, SV, and SL. All boast a 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder engine with 188 horsepower. Standard safety features include six airbags, vehicle dynamic control, traction control system, side-door guard beams, vehicle security system, front and rear crumple zones, and tire pressure monitoring system.

Standard convenience features include iPod auxiliary jack, Bluetooth, speed-sensitive volume control, 17” aluminum wheels, drive computer with outside temperature display, cruise control, remote keyless entry, power windows and locks, push button ignition, and adjustable steering wheel and front seats. The five-seater Nissan Juke comes with a 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty.

EPA Fuel Economy Facts:

  • MPG Combined: 29
  • MPG City: 27
  • MPG Highway: 32
  • Tank Size: 13.2 gallons
  • Base price: $18,990

2013 mazda cx 5

2013 Mazda CX-5 (manual 6-speed)

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is the only vehicle to make our list that gets better fuel economy with a manual transmission. The CX-5 manual 6-speed gets a combined 29 MPG, while the available automatic transmission CX-5 gets a combined MPG of 28. The 2WD CX-5 has a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine with 155 horsepower. Standard safety features include anti-lock braking system, electronic brake assistance, daytime running lights, traction control, vehicle stability control system, six airbags, automatic locking retractor, side-door guard beams, vehicle anti-theft, child safety locks, and tire inflation/pressure monitor.

Standard convenience features include keyless entry, remote fuel door release, trip computer, outside temperature gauge, adjustable steering wheel, power windows and doors, halogen headlamps, and alloy wheels. The five-seater CX-5 comes with a 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty.

EPA Fuel Economy Facts:

  • MPG Combined: 29
  • MPG City: 26
  • MPG Highway: 35
  • Tank Size: 14.8 gallons
  • Base price: $21,195

2013 buick encore

2013 Buick Encore



The 2013 Buick Encore comes in four trims that offer a combined MPG of 28: Encore, Encore Convenience, Encore Leather, and Encore Premium. Each trim comes with available FWD or AWD, but you will find the best fuel economy in FWD models; the 2013 Buick Encore AWD offers a combined MPG of 26. The Encore has a 1.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine with 138 horsepower. Standard safety features include stability control system, anti-lock braking system, daytime running lights, rear child security locks, eight airbags, rear vision camera, tire pressure monitor, and child restraint provisions.

Standard convenience features include adjustable front seats and steering wheel, Sirius XM Satellite Radio with three months of complimentary access, Bluetooth, iPod auxiliary jack, 7” display, noise cancellation system, driver information center, theft deterrent system, and 18” aluminum wheels. The five-seater Encore comes with a 6-year/70,000 mile powertrain warranty and 6-year/70,000 mile complimentary roadside assistance program.

EPA Fuel Economy Facts:

  • MPG Combined: 28
  • MPG City: 25
  • MPG Highway: 33
  • Tank Size: 14 gallons
  • Base price: $24,200

2013 subaru crosstrek

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is the only model on our list to offer only AWD versions. The Crosstrek comes in two trims: 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited; both have a combined 28 MPG with an available automatic transmission (manual transmission has a combined MPG of 26). Its 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine provides 148 horsepower. Standard safety features include vehicle dynamics control, traction control system, anti-lock braking system, brake assist, brake override system, tire pressure monitoring system, daytime running lights, seven airbags, and whiplash-protection front seats.

Standard convenience features include fog lights, USB port, iPod auxiliary jack, adjustable front seats and steering wheel, Bluetooth, digital trip computer, keyless entry system, anti-theft security system with engine immobilizer, heated side mirrors, cruise control, power windows and locks, and 17” aluminum-alloy wheels. The five-seater Crosstrek is classified as a PZEV (Partial Zero-Emissions Vehicle) and comes with a 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain limited warranty.

EPA Fuel Economy Facts:

  • MPG Combined: 28
  • MPG City: 25
  • MPG Highway: 33
  • Tank Size: 15.9 gallons
  • Base price: $21,995

2013 bmw x1

2013 BMW X1 sDrive28i

BMW’s powerful XI sDrive28i engine is second in horsepower among our listed vehicles. Its 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine packs 240 horsepower and comes standard with an automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Three additional trims are offered: X Line, Sport Line, and M Sport. Standard safety features include dynamic stability control, brake drying, brake stand-by, tire pressure monitoring system, daytime running lights, anti-theft alarm system, head protection system, four airbags, halogen fog lights, SOS button (comes with 10 year subscription), crash sensor, central locking system, and automatic high beams.

Standard convenience features include adjustable front seats, leatherette upholstery, vehicle and key memory, USB port, cruise control, Bluetooth, iPod auxiliary input, on-board computer, ECO Pro drive mode, auto start-stop function, and 17” light alloy wheels. This five-seater comes with a 4-year/50,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty, a 4-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance program, and a 10-year complimentary subscription to BMW TeleService (automatic maintenance reminders).

 

EPA Fuel Economy Facts:

  • MPG Combined: 28
  • MPG City: 24
  • MPG Highway: 34
  • Tank Size: 16.6 gallons
  • Base price: $30,800

2013 mitsubishi outlander

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

If you need more than five seats in your SUV, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is the only fuel-efficient model on our list to have a maximum seating capacity of seven. The Outlander has three 2WD trims that get a combined 27 MPG: ES, SE, and LE. All feature a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine with 148 horsepower and automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Standard safety features include active stability control, seven airbags, anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, traction control logic, hill start assist, tire pressure monitoring system, engine immobilizer, child-safety rear locks, and side-impact door beams.

Standard convenience features include LCD display, dual trip odometers, USB port, adjustable steering wheel, front seats and headrests, heated side mirrors, anti-theft alarm system, rear privacy glass, remote fuel opener, LED tail lights, brake energy regeneration system, ECO drive mode, rear heater floor ducts, cruise control, power windows and locks, and 18” aluminum- or chrome-alloy wheels. The Outlander Sport comes with a 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty and 5-year/unlimited mile roadside assistance program.

EPA Fuel Economy Facts:

  • MPG Combined: 27
  • MPG City: 24
  • MPG Highway: 31
  • Tank Size: 16.6 gallons
  • Base price: $23,495

 

Note: If you need an SVU that has an even larger seating capacity, the 2013 Honda Pilot seats eight and gets 18 city/25 highway for a combined MPG of 21. Its base price is $29,520.



Do you own any of these SUVs? Something different? What kind of gas mileage are you getting in real life? Leave a comment.



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