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December 11, 2007

Green Thinking

2008's most fuel-efficient SUVs

Choosing a new SUV? Weigh the impact your choice will have on your wallet and on the planet. The following SUVs are ranked by city miles per gallon (MPG), followed by highway MPG based on the Environmental Protection Agency's Fuel Economy Guide for the 2008 model year. (For details of the testing, see the notes below.)


Rank Model MPG: city/hwy Annual fuel cost * Carbon footprint
(tons/yr of CO2)
Additional info
1 (tie) Ford Escape Hybrid Ford Escape Hybrid 34/30 $1916 5.7 tons FWD, 4 cylinder, 2.3 liter, Automatic (CVT), HEV, Regular gas
1 (tie) Mazda Tribute Hybrid Mazda Tribute Hybrid 34/30 $1916 5.7 tons 2WD, 4 cylinder, 2.3 liter, Automatic (CVT), HEV, Regular gas
1 (tie) Mercury Mariner Hybrid Mercury Mariner Hybrid 34/30 $1916 5.7 tons FWD, 4 cylinder, 2.3 liter, Automatic (CVT), HEV, Regular gas
4 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Toyota Highlander Hybrid 27/25 $2356 7.1 tons 4WD, 6 cylinder, 3.3 liter, Automatic (CVT), HEV, Regular gas
5 Lexus RX400h Lexus RX400h 27/24 $2586 7.3 tons 2WD, 6 cylinder, 3.3 liter, Automatic (CVT), HEV, Premium gas
6 (tie) Jeep Compass Jeep Compass 23/28 $2448 7.3 tons 2WD, 4 cylinder, 2.4 liter, Manual (5), Regular gas
6 (tie) Jeep Patriot Jeep Patriot 23/28 $2448 7.3 tons 2WD, 4 cylinder, 2.4 liter, Manual (5), Regular gas
8 Chevrolet HHR Chevrolet HHR 22/30 $2448 7.3 tons FWD, 4 cyl, 2.2 liter, Automatic (4), Regular gas
9 (tie) Ford Escape Ford Escape 22/28 $2552 7.7 tons FWD, 4 cylinder, 2.3 liter, Manual (5), Regular gas
9 (tie) Mazda Tribute Mazda Tribute 22/28 $2552 7.7 tons FWD, 4 cylinder, 2.3 liter, Manual (5), Regular gas

Related link:

2006-2007 Fuel-efficiency guide

Notes:

* Annual fuel cost is based on an assumption of cars driven 15,000 miles annually, 54 percent on the highway, 46 percent in the city, and a fuel price of $4.08 per gallon. Visit the EPA's Web site to calculate annual fuel costs using a different fuel price or annual miles for a specific vehicle.

This year, the EPA has changed the way it estimates MPG to more accurately reflect real driving conditions. Estimates reflect the effects of: faster speeds and acceleration; air conditioner use; and colder outside temperatures. The tests lower MPG estimates for most vehicles compared to previous years. Miles per gallon will vary for models with different vehicle specifications. Driving habits will also affect MPG.

Each model is allowed to appear on the list only once, except the Honda Civic, which appears on the list twice because of its availability in both regular gasoline and gasoline-electric hybrid versions.

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