December 7, 2012

Green Thinking

2013 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 2013 model year. (For details of the testing, see the notes below.)


Rank Model MPG:
overall
MPG: city/hwy Annual fuel cost* Additional info
1 Lexus RX 450h Lexus RX 450h 30 32/28 $1,900 hybrid, premium gas; automatic continuously variable transmission with select shift, 3.5 liter, 6 cylinder
2 (tie) Nissan Juke Nissan Juke 29 27/32 $1,950 premium gas; automatic continuously variable transmission with select shift, 1.6 liter, 4 cylinder
2 (tie) Mazda CX-5 Mazda CX-5 2WD 29 26/35 $1,800 regular gas; manual transmission, 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder
4 (tie) Toyota Highlander Hybrid Toyota Highlander Hybrid 4WD 28 28/28 $1,850 hybrid, regular gas; automatic continuously variable transmission; 3.5 liter, 6 cylinder
4 (tie) Buick Encore Buick Encore 28 25/33 $1,850 regular gas; automatic transmission with select shift, 1.4 liter, 4 cylinder
4 (tie) Subaru Crosstrek Subaru Crosstrek AWD 28 25/33 $1,850 regular gas; automatic continuously variable transmission, 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder
4 (tie) Chevrolet Equinox FWDBMW X1 sDrive28i 28 24/34 $1,850 premium gas; automatic transmission with select shift, 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder
8 Mitsubishi Outlander Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2WD 27 24/31 $1,950 regular gas; automatic continuously variable transmission with select shift, 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder
9 (tie) Audi Q5 Hybrid Audi Q5 Hybrid 26 24/30 $2,200 Premium gas; automatic transmission, 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder
9 (tie) Subaru Outback Subaru Outback AWD 26 24/30 $2,000 Regular gas; automatic transmission with variable gear ratios, .5 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 $3.49 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline, $3.81 per gallon for premium gasoline, $4.01 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. Lists are limited to 10 vehicles, with city mileage as the tie-breaker.

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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