Crossovers and SUVs are known for offering certain benefits. For shoppers who list generous cargo and passenger capacity as their main priorities, this vehicle category is a prime fit. There are many picks within this segment that come armed with another asset: strong fuel economy. In a world in which gas prices seem set on a steady upward trajectory, it's easy to understand the appeal of this kind of frugality.
Top 12 Most Fuel-Efficient Crossovers and SUVs for 2013
Note that electric vehicles are excluded from this list. Limited range and a lack of charging stations make electric-only models impractical for many buyers. Most buyers are not likely to cross-shop them with the choices listed below. The fuel efficiency of electric vehicles is evaluated separately in a dedicated list.
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 combined/city/highway ratio.