Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Crossovers and SUVs for 2015 | Edmunds

Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Crossovers and SUVs for 2015


Crossovers and SUVs have become a common sight on urban and suburban streets, and it's not difficult to understand why they're so popular. These models offer the sort of versatility that makes them accommodating companions. Whether you're hauling passengers or cargo, there are many choices in this segment that will get the job done with ease and grace.

If fuel efficiency is a concern, you'll want to take a look at the picks that follow. These 10 models are the most fuel-efficient crossovers and SUVs for 2015.

Hybrid models make a showing, and two Lexus hybrids rank on our list: the new NX 300h and the granddaddy of hybrid SUVs, the RX 450h. There's also Subaru's off-road-friendly XV Crosstrek Hybrid to consider. A couple of diesel models make the cut: the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Diesel and the BMW X3 Diesel. And our lineup features an assortment of gas-only models, from the affordable Chevrolet Trax to the stylish Mazda CX-5.

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

Our rankings are based on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) miles-per-gallon ratings for city and highway travel. Each vehicle's placement is determined by its combined fuel economy rating. We used the EPA's combined fuel economy formula: 55 percent of city mpg rating plus 45 percent of highway mpg rating. The rating for each vehicle below is expressed in mpg as a city/highway/combined ratio.

Be sure to visit our Incentives and Rebates page to learn about current incentive and rebate offers before you buy. And check out our Deals of the Month page to find our picks for the best deals. You might also find the vehicle you're interested in offered through Edmunds.com's Price Promise® program.

  1. Lexus  NX 300h Hybrid

    1. Lexus NX 300h Hybrid — 33 mpg combined (35 city/31 highway)

  2. Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

    2. Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid — 31 mpg combined (30 city/34 highway)

  3. BMW X3 Diesel

    3. BMW X3 Diesel — 30 mpg combined (27 city/34 highway) (tie)

  4. Lexus  RX 450h Hybrid

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

  5. Mazda  CX-5

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

  6. Honda CR-V

    Honda CR-V — 29 mpg combined (27 city/34 highway) (tie)

  7. Chevrolet  Trax

    Chevrolet Trax — 29 mpg combined (26 city/34 highway) (tie)

  8. Nissan  Rogue

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

  9. Buick  Encore

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

  10. Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Diesel

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

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