Top 13 Most Fuel-Efficient Crossovers and SUVs for 2014


  • 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

    2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

    2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid. | January 27, 2014

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In the beginning, SUVs were synonymous with unrefined handling and high fuel costs, but today's models reflect a significant evolution. Many offer carlike handling and there are numerous choices that boast strong fuel efficiency.

The 13 picks that follow (our list is longer than the usual 10 due to ties) are the most fuel-efficient crossovers and SUVs for 2014. Our list is dominated by the small, gas-only crossovers that have done well for manufacturers on the sales charts. A couple of hybrids also make the cut.

Note that electric vehicles are excluded from this list. Limited range and a lack of charging stations make these cars impractical for many drivers. Most buyers aren't likely to cross-shop them with the models listed below.

Each vehicle's placement on our list is determined by its Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) combined fuel economy rating. The EPA's combined fuel economy rating is based on miles-per-gallon ratings for city and highway travel, using the following formula: 55 percent of city mpg rating plus 45 percent of highway mpg rating.

  1. Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

    1. Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid — 31 mpg combined (29 city/33 highway)

  2. Lexus RX 450h Hybrid

    2. Lexus RX 450h Hybrid — 30 mpg combined (32 city/28 highway)

  3. Mazda CX-5

    3. Mazda CX-5 — 29 mpg combined (26 city/35 highway) (tie)

  4. Nissan Juke

    Nissan Juke — 29 mpg combined (27 city/32 highway) (tie)

  5. BMW X1

    4. BMW X1 — 28 mpg combined (24 city/34 highway) (tie)

  6. Nissan Rogue

    Nissan Rogue — 28 mpg combined (26 city/33 highway) (tie)

  7. Buick Encore

    Buick Encore — 28 mpg combined (25 city/33 highway) (tie)

  8. Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Diesel

    Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Diesel — 28 mpg combined (24 city/33 highway) (tie)

  9. Toyota Highlander Hybrid

    Toyota Highlander Hybrid — 28 mpg combined (27 city/28 highway) (tie)

  10. Subaru Forester

    5. Subaru Forester — 27 mpg combined (24 city/32 highway) (tie)

  11. Mitsubishi Outlander

    Mitsubishi Outlander — 27 mpg combined (25 city/31 highway) (tie)

  12. Audi Q5 Diesel

    Audi Q5 Diesel — 27 mpg combined (24 city/31 highway) (tie)

  13. Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

    Mitsubishi Outlander Sport — 27 mpg combined (24 city/31 highway) (tie)

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