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January 19, 2012

Green Thinking

2012 most fuel-efficient SUVs

Fuel-efficient cars by body style

Choosing a new car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet and on the planet. The following cars are ranked by city miles per gallon (MPG), followed by highway MPG based on the Environmental Protection Agency's Fuel Economy Guide for the 2012 model year. (For details of the testing, see the notes below.)


Rank Model MPG:
overall
MPG: city/hwy Annual fuel cost* Additional info
1 Ford Escape Hybrid FWD Ford Escape Hybrid FWD 32 34/31 $1,545 hybrid; automatic continuously variable transmission, 2.5 liter, 4 cylinder
2 Lexus RX 450h Lexus RX 450h 30 32/28 $1,778 hybrid, premium gas; automatic continuously variable transmission with select shift, 3.5 liter, 6 cylinder
3 (tie) Ford Escape Hybrid AWD Ford Escape Hybrid AWD 29 30/27 $1,703 hybrid; automatic continuously variable transmission, 2.5 liter, 4 cylinder
3 (tie) Lexus RX 450h AWD Lexus RX 450h AWD 29 30/28 $1,842 hybrid, premium gas; automatic continuously variable transmission with select shift, 3.5 liter, 6 cylinder
5 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Toyota Highlander Hybrid 4WD 28 28/28 $1,762 hybrid; automatic continuously variable transmission, 3.5 liter, 6 cylinder
6 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2WD Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2WD 27 25/31 $1,826 regular gas; automatic continuously variable transmission with select shift, 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder
7 (tie) Chevrolet Equinox FWDChevrolet Equinox FWD 26 22/32 $1,900 regular gas; automatic transmission, 2.4 liter, 4 cylinder
7 (tie) GMC Terrain FWD GMC Terrain FWD 26 22/32 $1,900 regular gas; automatic transmission, 2.4 liter, 4 cylinder
7 (tie) Honda CR-V 2WD Honda CR-V 2WD 26 23/31 $1,900 regular gas; automatic transmission, 2.4 liter, 4 cylinder
7 (tie) Hyundai Tucson 2WD Hyundai Tucson 2WD 26 23/31 $1,900 regular gas; automatic transmission, 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder

Notes:

*Annual fuel cost estimates are based on the assumptions that you travel 15,000 miles per year (55 percent in the city and 45 percent on the highway). Fuel cost estimates listed here assume fuel costs $3.30 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline, $3.57 per gallon for premium gasoline, $3.78 for diesel and $.12/kWh for electricity. Visit www.fueleconomy.gov to calculate fuel costs based on current fuel prices and your driving habits.

Each model is allowed to appear on the list only once regardless of variations in its trim, options and/or specs.

Note that the models featured on the research pages linked here may have slight variations to the models specified in this list.

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