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Most Fuel Efficient Crossovers

It wasn’t that long ago that the typical family-oriented passenger car was notably more fuel-efficient than the average SUV. Today, the efficiency gap between the two vehicle types is much smaller than it used to be. Crossover SUVs–those based on passenger-car chassis instead of truck-like body-on-frame architectures–have proliferated, and many new SUV models have gotten smaller and lighter while still retaining an extra degree of cargo room and functionality over their comparable passenger-car counterparts.

Vast numbers of car-buying public seem to approve: crossover SUVs now comfortably outsell traditional compact- and midsize sedans.

Worth noting is that the average vehicle sold in the U.S. in 2016 averaged just under 25 mpg. Remember that number.

Collected here are the ten most fuel-efficient crossovers now available for sale in the U.S., as ranked by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This list includes a number of fuel-saving technologies, such as diesel and hybrid powertrains.

Oh, and the 25 mpg average? Every vehicle on this list boasts an EPA combined (city/highway) average rating of 30 mpg or greater.

If you’d like to share the fuel economy you’re seeing with your own crossover, please drop us a line down below.

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Nissan Rogue Hybrid: 34 mpg combined

2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid, Most Fuel Efficient Crossovers

2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid

Drive: Front-wheel drive

City/Highway mpg: 33/35

Consumer Guide Observed Fuel Economy (mpg): 29.4

Drivetrain: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with hybrid assist/CVT automatic transmission

The AWD Rogue Hybrid is rated at 33 mpg combined. 

Rogue specs and prices

 

Nissan Kicks: 33 mpg combined

2018 Nissan Kicks

2018 Nissan Kicks

Drive: Front-wheel drive

City/Highway mpg: 31/36

Consumer Guide Observed Fuel Economy (mpg): N/A

Drivetrain: 1.6-liter 4-cylinder/CVT automatic transmission

The Kicks is currently offered only with front-wheel drive.

Kicks specs and prices

 

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: 32 mpg combined

2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Drive: AWD

City/Highway mpg: 34/30

Consumer Guide Observed Fuel Economy (mpg): 31.0

Drivetrain: 2.5-liter 4-cylinder/CVT automatic transmission

The RAV4 Hybrid is offered only with AWD.

Rav4 specs and prices

 

Chevrolet Equinox Diesel: 32 mpg combined

2019 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel

2019 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel

Drive: Front-wheel drive

City/Highway mpg: 28/39

Consumer Guide Observed Fuel Economy (mpg): N/A

Drivetrain: 1.6-liter turbodiesel/6-speed automatic

The AWD Equinox Diesel is EPA-rated at the same 32 mpg combined, but the highway rating drops to 38.

Equinox specs and prices

 

GMC Terrain Diesel: 32 mpg combined

2019 GMC Terrain Diesel

2019 GMC Terrain Diesel

Drive: Front-wheel drive

City/Highway mpg: 28/39

Consumer Guide Observed Fuel Economy (mpg): N/A

Drivetrain: 1.6-liter turbodiesel/6-speed automatic

The AWD Terrain Diesel is EPA-rated at the same 32 mpg combined, but the highway rating drops to 38.

Terrain specs and prices

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Lexus NX 300h: 31 mpg combined

2018 Lexus NX 300h

2019 Lexus NX 300h

Drive: AWD

City/Highway mpg: 33/30

Consumer Guide Observed Fuel Economy (mpg): 33.7

Drivetrain: 2.5-liter 4-cylinder/CVT automatic transmission

The NX 300h is offered only with AWD.

NX specs and prices

 

Honda HR-V: 31 mpg combined

2018 Honda HR-V

2018 Honda HR-V

Drive: Front-wheel drive

City/Highway mpg: 28/34

Consumer Guide Observed Fuel Economy (mpg) 27.0

Drivetrain: 1.8-liter 4-cylinder/CVT automatic transmission

The AWD HR-V is EPA-rated at a combined 29 mpg.

HR-V specs and prices

 

Lexus RX 450h: 30 mpg combined

2018 Lexus RX 450h

2018 Lexus RX 450h

Drive: AWD

City/Highway mpg: 31/28

Consumer Guide Observed Fuel Economy (mpg): 31.0

Drivetrain: 3.5-liter V6 with hybrid assist/CVT automatic transmission

The Lexus 450h is available only with AWD.

RX specs and prices

 

Honda CR-V: 30 mpg combined

2018 Honda CR-V

2018 Honda CR-V

Drive: Front-wheel drive

City/Highway mpg: 28/34

Consumer Guide Observed Fuel Economy (mpg): 26.2 (AWD)

Drivetrain:1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder/CVT automatic transmission

The CR-V with the 1.5-liter engine and AWD is EPA rated at a combined 29 mpg.

CR-V specs and prices

 

Hyundai Kona: 30 mpg combined

2019 Hyundai Kona

2019 Hyundai Kona

Drive: Front-wheel drive

City/Highway mpg: 28/32

Consumer Guide Observed Fuel Economy (mpg): 27.3* 

Drivetrain:1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder/7-speed automatic transmission

AWD Konas powered by this engine are EPA rated at a combined 27 mpg. *Consumer Guide’s evaluation is of a front-wheel-drive Kona powered by the base 2.0-liter engine.

Kona specs and prices

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