These 10 non-hybrid or electric SUVs save their owners the most money at the pump.
U.S. motorists are trading in their sedans and coupes for crossovers and SUVs in earnest these days for their added passenger room and cargo space, available all-wheel-drive (AWD) for improved traction over wet or snowy roads, and their taller ride heights that afford easier entry and a more commanding view of the road.
And while today’s crossover SUVs – particularly the compact and subcompact models that dominate the marketplace – are far more fuel-efficient than the behemoth truck-like models that came before them, they still fall short behind same-size passenger cars in that regard. That’s because their taller wagon-like designs aren’t as aerodynamic as small sedans, and they weigh more (especially with AWD), which tends to adversely affect their mpg ratings.
And at that, some are more fuel-frugal than others. With gas prices averaging about 70 cents higher per gallon this summer than they were a year earlier, budget-minded motorists are paying close attention to the differences. For example, the most-efficient conventionally-powered crossover for 2018, the new-for-2018 subcompact Nissan Kicks, gets 33/35 mpg (city/highway), while the larger Dodge Journey with the base four-cylinder engine is rated at 19/25 mpg, which the EPA says would cost an owner an average $3,750 more in fuel costs over five years.
To both help shoppers save money at the pump and minimize their carbon footprints in the process – and without the added expense of a hybrid or plug-in model – we’ve compiled the accompanying slideshow of the 10 most fuel-efficient non-electrified crossover SUVs from the 2018 model year.