The original SUVs were enormous off road beasts that could care less about how much fuel they drank. When you took one of these monsters off the paved road you had to take a few cans of fuel with you just to make sure you would return to civilization after your adventure. Of course this was before the emissions and fuel efficiency standards were put on place. Since that time SUVs have developed to become not only great on and off road performers, but also vehicles that give a reasonable amount of fuel efficiency. With no reason to guzzle up gas when you enjoy the fun and excitement of riding off road here are the most fuel efficient SUVs for the upcoming 2016 model year.
The V60 may look like an overgrown wagon and it kind of is. The V60 for several years was a wagon and now it is large enough to be considered an SUV. The dynamic and safe features of the Volvo V60 give you a ride that is luxurious and worry free while being powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder 250 horsepower engine. the V60 shows up with a 20 city/28 hwy mpg to give a good fuel efficiency to start this great list.
Lincoln SUVs have come a long way and added a great deal of amazing features to the vehicles. It seems the Lincoln lineup is poised to take back the luxury SUV segment and the MKC makes a great choice as the SUV to drive. Powered by a 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine that gives you 240 horsepower you can enjoy a decent amount of power along with the 20 city/29 hwy mpg of fuel mileage that comes as part of the overall package.
The Santa Fe has been a popular choice in the SUV world for several years as a reasonably priced SUV that makes one of the best choices in the market. The Santa Fe Sport is one of the most dynamic drives you can have in an SUV and with the sport tuned suspension this SUV is fun to drive on and off the road as well. This SUV is powered by a 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder engine that carries in 190 horsepower and a fuel mileage of 20 city/27 hwy mpg. Even though the horsepower seems on the low end, the Santa Fe can handle what is thrown at it and beg for more.
The second largest vehicle on any Honda lot is the Pilot. This fun and full-sized SUV is filled with excellent Honda features and gives you an SUV that is styled to be modern and makes for one of the best for soccer parents to bring at least half the team to the game. The 20 city/27 hwy mpg fuel mileage ensures you can avoid fill ups longer and the 280 horsepower from the 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 makes for an amazing combination that might be just as much fun on and off the road.
Larger than the X3, but smaller than the X5 the X4 is actually built for sport and is a small SUV that gives a bit of extra space for carrying cargo, but mostly is a larger sedan giving more headroom for the occupants. Even though it’s not one to boast on size, this SUV is functional and handles like a dream along with offering you and your passengers some great luxury features. The X4 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that gives up 240 horsepower and 20 city/28 hwy mpg of fuel efficiency to enjoy.
At this small stature, theQ3 certainly packs a huge punch. This SUV has the right fit for many who want a vehicle that is comfortable for the whole family, carries some of the stuff and comes in a size that is easy to park in any parking lot or along the street. The Q3 is a smooth riding SUV with an awesome interior from Audi that is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that offers up 200 horsepower and gives 20 city/29 hwy mpg of fuel mileage to ben enjoyed by you on any ride in this gorgeous little SUV.
Acura has been a quiet contender for years and looks to make a ton of noise in 2016. With a lineup that features some really dynamic SUVs Acura should be able to do so. The RDX is a great mid-sized SUV that has excellent ground clearance and a reasonable amount of cargo space to ensure storage of necessary items. This comfortable and spacious vehicle gives us a 20 city/ 29 hwy mpg of fuel efficiency form the 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine that brings a full 279 horsepower to the party.
The Sorento is much larger than it seems and makes for an interesting selection on this list. At the size of this SUV it’s amazing it can achieve a 21 city/29 hwy mpg of fuel efficiency. What is more amazing is the 185 horsepower from the 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder engine that seems to be enough to get the job done. The Sorento has been one of the most popular SUVs on the market to date and comes in at a price that makes it easy to drive it right off the lot and begin the fun and excitement of driving a new SUV.
Another midsized SUV to review, the Escape is an excellent size and is one of the most popular domestic SUV on the market today. With only 178 horses galloping out of the 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine this is the first of the SUV to reach up and have a fuel mileage of 23 city/32 hwy mpg. This amazing SUV makes a great choice for light off roading or as a preferred selection of a people mover for a growing family who wants to ride in style and with a highly versatile vehicle.
This is another grown up SUV that came from the platform of a wagon, which makes an easy transition to the SUV world. The XC60 is filled with outstanding luxury features to enjoy and of course has one of the highest safety ratings in the class. When you drive up in this SUV, onlookers will know you have grown up yourself. This selection is a fantastic choice by giving you 24 city/31 hwy mpg of fuel mileage and 240 horsepower from the 2.0-liter Drive-E turbocharged four-cylinder engine which is a great match to see this much power and fuel mileage together.
The Outlander is well loved and shows up at a size that many families can understand and enjoy. With good ground clearance and off road capabilities the Outlander is a go anywhere and do anything vehicle that has been a favorite for more than just the low price of the vehicle. The Outlander gives you 25 city/31 hwy mpg, which is so far one of the highest city fuel numbers. The power for this excellent SUV shows up at 166 horsepower from the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine which could really use a turbocharger, but otherwise does its job very well.
Stepping up in size, the Q5 is a midsized SUV that has one of the most luxurious interiors on the market today. Somehow this is one of the places in the whole lineup Audi spent a lot of time and got the job done perfectly. It makes sense though because you won’t spend as much time outside of the vehicle as inside. While in this great interior you can appreciate the 3.0-liter turbo diesel V6 engine that gives you 240 horsepower and 24 city/31 hwy mpg of fuel mileage to enjoy the ride on and off the road for a long time.
The CX-5 is quickly becoming one of the most popular choices at the Mazda dealership. This large SUV packs a lot inside and takes off for a great road trip with ease and plenty of great features that make it one of the most fun to drive. You can head off road for some light trail fun and know this beauty is going to take care of you wherever you go. Powered by a 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G four-cylinder engine that pushes out 184 horsepower and brings in a fuel mileage of 26 city/33 hwy mpg this SUV is a great choice for any driver’s needs.
When powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel four-cylinder engine the X3 is a great choice. Coming in with 180 horsepower and great low end torque, this is a small SUV that will handle trails and light off road work whenever called upon to do so. This great little SUV is perfect for running errands or enjoying a weekend of fun and brings a dynamic handling to the equation that also includes a fuel mileage of 27 city/34 hwy mpg which is the best on our list so far.
The HR-V is the answer from Honda to the need to have a subcompact SUV in the lineup. Many buyers love these small SUVs for the versatility they offer and the ability to still have up to five occupants in the vehicle. The HR-V is a version of the ever popular CR-V that has been left in the dryer too long. This little beauty has 141 horsepower from the 1.8-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine and offers up a fantastic 28 city/35 hwy mpg of fuel mileage which is better than some small sedans and hatchbacks.
The Cayenne is simply a high performance SUV that is built on the 911 platform and shows up with 333 horsepower from the 3.0-liter supercharged hybrid V6. As the only V6 in this list the Cayenne is made to be a high performance model that works on any road taking every curve and road challenge that comes its way. Porsche certainly focused on the sport part of the SUV and on the utility with the Cayenne, but if you choose to spend the money for this awesome SUV you will have a phenomenal vehicle to drive.
Sixteen SUVs to choose from that all give you a great deal of fuel efficiency to enjoy with at least one on this list that can fit your needs and offer you the fun and excitement of driving a dynamic and versatile vehicle that also has good fuel mileage. As these vehicles begin to show up at dealers over the next few months we can enjoy the fun of test driving several of them to see what we need. If you are an off road enthusiast your needs will be different from someone who needs to get around town, but these SUV can do both.