We all love the cargo space and roominess of larger vehicles, as they’re great for carrying extra stuff such as luggage, sports equipment and, of course, the kids and all their friends! But when it comes to some of those old gas-guzzling behemoths the fuel costs could be a deterrent. But nowadays you can have the best of both worlds as these handy vehicles continue to evolve with technology. In fact, many of the smaller SUV models now have fuel efficiency comparable to large cars. The most fuel-efficient SUVs on the market, in general, are small models with regular gasoline engines and of course hybrids. Here are some vehicles to consider when you’re in the market for a good-looking, comfortable, roomy SUV that’s also easy on the gas!
Chevrolet Equinox Diesel
This is one of the roomiest compact SUVs on the market with the latest infotainment and safety technology. A diesel version of the Equinox averages 31 mpg on tests. Just be conscious of the price of diesel fuel when considering this model as it can cost more.
With its stunning exterior and advanced safety features, the Lexus RX delivers ample power and 22 mpg overall. The fuel-efficient 450 hybrid gets an impressive 29mpg overall.
The Lexus NX 300 delivers 24 mpg overall whereas the NX 300h hybrid offers 29 mpg.
Honda’s are popular vehicles and famous for their reliability. The Honda-RV boasts a flexible interior, with a cargo-friendly rear seat that flips up or folds down flat. It drives well and it delivers an amazing 29mpg.
The Subaru Forester is a popular small SUV and you see them all over and people tend to keep them as long as possible. It has a spacious interior, comfortable ride, and delivers 28 mpg overall, which is among the best in class.
The Subaru Crosstrekis perfect for those who want something slightly smaller than a compact SUV. This offers a better fuel economy and a comfortable ride and for an AWD vehicle, the 29 mpg overall delivery is excellent.
The RAV was redesigned for 2019 with a more rugged appearance and delivers an overall and very impressive 27mpg.
This is an agile, fun drive, with good fuel economy and is available in front or all-wheel drive. It delivers an overall 28mpg in tests.