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Top 11 Crossovers and SUVs With the Best Highway Fuel Economy for 2014


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For many drivers, freeway travel comprises the lion's share of their time spent behind the wheel. In cases like this, strong gas mileage can save money, and the mileage figure that's most important is highway fuel economy. For car shoppers who log lots of freeway miles, choosing a vehicle with excellent highway mileage can go a long way toward reducing the amount spent each month on gas.

The 11 picks that follow (our list is longer than the usual 10 due to ties) are the crossovers and SUVs with the best highway fuel economy for 2014. Size plays a role in fuel economy: Our list is dominated by compact crossovers like the Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue and Ford Escape.

Some vehicles come with a choice of powertrains and each vehicle's ranking is based on the fuel economy of the powertrain that does best at the pump. Note that we have excluded electric vehicles since their limited range makes them impractical choices for many shoppers. Our rankings are based on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) miles-per-gallon ratings for highway travel.

  1. Mazda CX-5

    1. Mazda CX-5 — 35 mpg highway

  2. BMW X1

    2. BMW X1 — 34 mpg highway

  3. Subaru XV Crosstrek

    3. Subaru XV Crosstrek — 33 mpg highway (tie)

  4. Nissan Rogue

    Nissan Rogue — 33 mpg highway (tie)

  5. Buick Encore

    Buick Encore — 33 mpg highway (tie)

  6. Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Diesel

    Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Diesel — 33 mpg highway (tie)

  7. Nissan Juke

    4. Nissan Juke — 32 mpg highway (tie)

  8. Subaru Forester

    Subaru Forester — 32 mpg highway (tie)

  9. Ford Escape

    Ford Escape — 32 mpg highway (tie)

  10. Chevrolet Equinox

    Chevrolet Equinox — 32 mpg highway (tie)

  11. GMC Terrain

    GMC Terrain — 32 mpg highway (tie)

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Comments

  • Karen_CM Karen_CM Posts:

    I think I do a bit better with my 5-speed Forester.

  • carnutfan carnutfan Posts:

    I'd include the 2015 X3 diesel. Likely to do better than all of them.

  • "I think I do a bit better with my 5-speed Forester." As always these are just the 'rated' mpg. People often get over or under those numbers, it depends a lot on driving style and where you drive.

  • jrobusc jrobusc Posts:

    The new X3 diesel is rated at 34mpg highway (and 27 city, 30 overall), so it would be tied for second on this list.

  • stever stever Posts:

    A reporter is looking for shoppers who recently traded in a midsize sedan for an SUV because they think gas prices aren’t a big deal anymore or they were just blown away by the fuel-efficient crossover offerings now available. If you think you can help, please reach out to pr@edmunds.com by no later than Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

  • jonee jonee Posts:

    'I think I do a bit better with my 5-speed Forester'. This is because over-cautious, kneejerk Subaru drivers never hit the gas pedal.

  • kyfdx kyfdx Posts:

    > @jonee said: > 'I think I do a bit better with my 5-speed Forester'. This is because over-cautious, kneejerk Subaru drivers never hit the gas pedal. Welcome to the forums.. and thanks for promoting negative stereotypes!

  • @jonee said: 'I think I do a bit better with my 5-speed Forester'. This is because over-cautious, kneejerk Subaru drivers never hit the gas pedal.

    Welcome to the forums.. and thanks for promoting negative stereotypes!

    I see a pattern with online comments. Civility can only be upheld for about 5 posts, no matter how neutral the topic. Cars are a pretty neutral topic, and sure enough, @Jonee's snide, rude comment is #6. So sad. I'm just starting to shop for a 2014 CXV (Forrester included), so this article was helpful.

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