Just because an SUV is built to offer more handling and performance than a truck as well as allowing the ability to haul people and equipment wherever they need to travel does not mean they shouldn’t be fuel efficient as well. Having a great SUV that offers capability to travel on and off the road as well as performing well in the city or on the highway is great, but one that even adds a decent amount of fuel efficiency just adds the icing on the cake of SUVs. These fourteen SUVs are the most fuel efficient for the 2015 model year, making for vehicles that offer the additional capability needed from an SUV.
As a highly recognizable SUV from Jeep the Patriot competes in the crossover class with classic Jeep styling and highly capable off road features to give it the ability to take occupants off the paved paths to have a great time away from the inhabited areas of the world. The Patriot shows ups with an easy to enjoy look and feel as well as being powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that comes in with 158 horsepower to get this small Jeep going. The Patriot shows very nice fuel efficiency as well coming in at 23 city/30 hwy mpg for owners to take advantage of.
The Compass comes in as a more styled version from Jeep. The Compass while still having a very recognizable grill looks much different otherwise than most of the vehicles from Jeep. The Compass has great lines and curves as well as a very nice high stance to give great road clearance which is needed to allow the Compass to travel off road onto many of the more difficult trails. The Compass is powered by the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 158 horsepower as the Patriot making it a choice only between vehicle styles for this choice. The Compass has the same fuel efficiency as the Patriot at 23 city/30 hwy mpg.
The GMC Terrain is an SUV that even by GM’s own admission is confused as to where it belongs in the SUV class. Regardless of where the classification needs to be, the Terrain has plenty of space for all occupants to enjoy as well as a very nice amount of cargo space behind the second row of seats. The Terrain shows up powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that has 182 horsepower and offers a fuel efficiency of 22 city/32 hwy mpg for owners to enjoy.
Stylish and enjoyable, the Escape comes into the list as a very attractive SUV that offers a high stance and smooth low angle from the hood to the roof that makes this SUV offer some great aerodynamics and put a premium on the sport part of the SUV name. The Escape offers owners a very nice amount of space on the inside and plenty of capability on and off the road. Under the hood of the Escape is a 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine that comes in with 178 horsepower. The Escape offers 23 city/32 hwy mpg for owners to avoid the gas pump for a longer time.
The Equinox is a very popular and enjoyable SUV that is easy to enjoy with great looks and a fun driving experience provided by the highly tuned suspension and steering. The Equinox is perfect for the growing family to enjoy as they can pack plenty of cargo to go along with them to the beach or the mountains depending on the choice of destinations. The Equinox is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that offers 182 horsepower and fuel efficiency of 22 city/32 hwy mpg for owners to take full advantage of.
The XC60 from Volvo shows up with plenty of safety features to help inform the driver of possible driving issues as well as help keep all occupants safe in a case of a collision. The XC60 is a very stylish and enjoyable luxury SUV that offers a host of benefits for all occupants to enjoy and take advantage of. The XC60 comes into 2015 powered by a 2.0-liter Drive-E turbocharged four-cylinder engine that offers a strong 240 horsepower. The XC60, to go along with the power, has a great fuel efficiency that shows up at 24 city/31 hwy mpg.
The Subaru Forester is equipped as a standard offering with the Subaru signature all-wheel drive. This makes the Forester an excellent choice for owners who need a vehicle that not only heads off road easily, but can also perform well in any weather conditions. The Forester handles both challenges with ease allowing owners to enjoy this capability along with the great style and features that adorn all Subaru vehicles. The Forester is powered by a 2.5-liter PZEV four-cylinder engine with 170 horsepower and offering fuel efficiency of 24 city/32 hwy mpg.
The Outlander shows up as a great SUV with a decent amount of space for families to enjoy. The Outlander comes with the Mitsubishi warranty that is unmatched in the industry as well as a great deal of ground clearance to make the vehicle very capable on and off the road. The Outlander is attractive and stylish from the outside making it a choice families are proud to make in an SUV. The Outlander is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that brings in 166 horsepower. This vehicle also shows up with a decent fuel efficiency of 25 city/31 hwy mpg for owners to enjoy.
The Audi Q5 is a luxury SUV that makes a great choice for anyone looking for luxury, size, style and capability. With outstanding control and ride comfort the Q5 offers plenty to enjoy including a very quiet cabin to dispel the outside world on the ride home from work. The Q5 is smooth and elegant from the outside offering a hint of sophistication if there ever was such a feature on an SUV. The Q5 is powered by a 3.0-liter turbo diesel V6 engine that shows up with 240 horsepower and a fuel efficiency that shows up at 24 city/31 hwy mpg.
As one of the most popular SUVs on the market, the Highlander from Toyota offers plenty of Toyota signature features and reputation. As a very reliable and long lasting vehicle, the Highlander makes a great choice for a family who knows they are going to buy a vehicle only every few year and not just when they feel like it. The Highlander offers great ground clearance and decent power to be a vehicle that can be easily taken off road. The engine compartment is filled with a 3.5-liter hybrid V6 engine that shows up with 231 horsepower. This hybrid model allows the Highlander to be a great vehicle in tow and on the highway with a fuel efficiency of 27 city/28 hwy mpg.
With a rounded and raised front end the Rogue offers a look all its own. The Rogue is a very popular choice for an SUV that makes sense mixed in with all the rest. The popularity comes from the very affordable pricing as well as the easy to enjoy style and shape of the vehicle. The Rogue offers a very enjoyable ride and the ability to handle any road conditions. The Rogue is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that carries in 170 horsepower. The Rogue shows up with a fuel efficiency of 26 city/33 hwy mpg for owners to enjoy and take full advantage of.
The sport version of the Outlander that is equipped with some style accents as well as an improved suspension and steering to allow the Outlander Sport to offer a higher degree of capability as well as better performance than the base model. The Outlander Sport is a very attractive and enjoyable ride for anyone choosing this cool SUV and comes in powered by a 2.0-liter four cylinder engine that offers 148 horsepower. The Outlander Sport comes in with fuel efficiency of 25 city/32 hwy, making it rank high on this list.
The CX-5 from Mazda carries in the “zoom zoom” mantra from Mazda that is evident in all Mazda vehicles. The CX-5 is stylish and attractive with great lines and curves to keep the eye moving along the vehicle. To power the CX-5 the engine compartment is filled with a 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder engine that carries in 155 horsepower. The CX-5 shows off with a fuel efficiency of 26 city/35 hwy mpg for owners to pass plenty of gas stations while enjoying the “zoom zoom” of the CX-5.
A fully loaded luxury SUV the Lexus RX offers a ton of great features for any owner to enjoy and know they got a great deal as the Lexus models are typically less expensive than their competitors. The RX shows up with awesome looks as well keeping an interested eye moving along the vehicle to easily make it stay in tune the entire trip around the vehicle. The RX shows up powered by a 3.5-liter Hybrid V6 engine that offers a powerful 245 horsepower. The RX carries a very nice fuel efficiency that makes it a great vehicle for driving in the city as much as on the highway. The fuel efficiency of the RX comes in at 32 city/28 hwy mpg to make the ride even more enjoyable.
With fourteen great SUVs to choose from, a few that are luxury, a few that are basic dialed down models, and even some that fall into the crossover SUV class, anyone looking to have an SUV that offers great fuel efficiency needs to begin their search on this list. The SUVs coming out for 2015, show up with great style, excellent handling, easy to enjoy ride comfort and capabilities that are all needed when owning an SUV. The decision will not be an easy one as the SUV class has a ton of members anymore, but with this list as a guide, any shopper can find themselves a great vehicle that will save them some money at the gas pump.