Most Fuel Efficient SUVs – Top 10 SUVs with Best Gas Mileage

A fuel efficient SUV is a great vehicle to help you save money on gasoline bill. If you decide to buy it, check out the top 10 SUVs with best gas mileage for 2012 that is ranked based on EPA miles per gallon (mpg) ratings. After reading this article, I hope you will find the right SUV that meets with your budget, lifestyle, and family.

1. Ford Escape Hybrid (34/31/32, MSRP from $30,570)

2012 Ford Escape Hybrid

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The 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid is a crossover SUV that can seat five passengers. The Escape Hybrid is propelled by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine along with an electric generator that makes 177 horsepower. It gets around 34/31 mpg city/highway, and a combined rating of 32 mpg for FWD version. The number of fuel economy makes the Ford Escape Hybrid as the most fuel efficient hybrid SUV available today. Meanwhile, the AWD version gets around 30 mpg city/27 mpg highway/29 mpg combined.

2. Lexus RX 450h (32/28/30, MSRP from $45,235)

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The 2012 Lexus RX 450h is a small luxury SUV that can bring five passengers. Comes with a 3.5-liter gas V6 engine together with two electric generators which runs 295 horsepower, the Lexus RX 450h FWD model is rated at 32 mpg in city driving/28 mpg on highway driving equals about 30 mpg in combined driving. Its AWD model gets 30 mpg in the city and 28 mpg highway, which combines for 29 mpg.

3. Mazda CX-5 (26/35/29, MSRP from $20,695)

2012 Mazda CX-5

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The third rank of the best gas mileage SUVs is the 2012 Mazda CX-5. It is a five passenger SUV that is powered by a 2.0-liter petrol four-cylinder engine generating 155 horsepower and 150 lb-feet of torque. The 2013 Mazda CX-5 gets around 26/35 mpg city/highway, and a combined rating of 29 mpg.

4. Nissan Juke (27/32/29, MSRP from $19,990)

2012 Nissan Juke

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The 2012 Nissan Juke enters on the list thanks to its turbocharged 1.6-liter gas 4-cylinder engine which generates 188 horsepower and 177 lb-feet of torque. This small SUV that can run from zero to 60 mph in around 7.3 seconds gets approximately 27 mpg city/32 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined.

5. Toyota Highlander Hybrid (28/28/28, MSRP from $38,715)

2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

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The 2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is an attractive 7 passenger SUV that comes with spacious cabin and flexible second-row seat configuration. Propelled by a 3.5-liter gas V6 engine and three electric generators which pumps out 280 horsepower, the car gets EPA fuel economy around 28/28 mp city/highway that combines for 28 mpg altogether.

6. Mitsubishi Outlander Sport (25/31/27, MSRP from $18,795)

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport got minor improvements than its last generation. New features for 2012 model are rearview camera and calibrated-CTV to increase acceleartion and response. By using a 2.0-liter petrol four-cylinder engine that puts out 148 horsepower, the Outlander Sport impresses by getting 25/31 mpg city/highway, which adds up to 27 mpg combined.

7. Hyundai Tucson (23/31/26, MSRP from $19,145)

2012 Hyundai Tucson

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The 2013 Hyundai Tucson has new features an Active Eco system and resistance tires. This five-passenger SUV is equipped with a new 2.0-liter gas four-cylinder engine pumping out 165 horsepower. Its fuel consumption is rated at 23/31 mpg city/highway, that makes to a good 26 mpg combined.

8. Chevrolet Equinox (22/32/26, MSRP from $23,530)

2012 Chevrolet Equinox

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The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox comes with stylish body. Using the 2.0-liter petrol 4-cylinder engine that runs 182 horsepower, the Equinox received an EPA fuel economy around 22/32 mpg city/highway. The combined number is a frugal 26 mpg, which is enough to put the Chevy Equinox at number eight on the list of fuel efficient SUVs.

9. GMC Terrain (22/32/26, MSRP from $25,560)

2012 GMC Terrain

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The 2013 GMC Terrain offers sophisticated ride, quiet cabin, and roomy backseat. According to GMC’s site, the 2.4-liter petrol V4 engine produces 182 horsepower and will get around 22 mpg in the city and around 32 mpg on the highway, which combines for average 26 mpg.

10. Honda CR-V (23/31/26, MSRP from $22,495)

2012 Honda CR-V

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Fully redesigned from its last version, the 2012 Honda CR-V comes with user-friendly navigations, spacious cabin, and nimble ride. Recently the CR-V is run by a solid 2.4-liter petrol four-cylinder engine making 185 horsepower. The crossover gets an impressive EPA  tested at 23/32 mpg city/highway, and manages 26 mpg combined.