Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient AWD Crossovers and SUVs

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Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient AWD Crossovers and SUVs

Shopping for a crossover or SUV and need all-wheel drive? AutoGuide.com has you covered if fuel efficiency is your top concern.

All-wheel-drive vehicles often consume slightly more fuel than their standard front- or rear-wheel drive counterparts, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t efficient at all. In fact, there are numerous crossovers and SUVs on the market that return more than 30 mpg combined for the 2015 model year. All figures come from the U.S. Department of Energy’s fueleconomy.gov website.

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2015 Subaru Outback – 25 / 33 / 28

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The popular Subaru Outback is also one of the most fuel efficient, all-wheel-drive crossovers available for the 2015 model year. When equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 175 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque, the Outback returns 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway for a 28 mpg combined rating.


2015 Nissan Rogue – 25 / 32 / 28

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Nissan’s Rogue features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood providing 170 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. When paired with a CVT, it returns 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, netting a 28 mpg combined rating.


2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid – 27 / 28 / 28

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The 2015 Toyota Highlander hybrid is one of the more powerful models on our list, featuring a 3.5-liter V6 engine paired to an electric motor to provide a total system output of 280 hp. It’s also surprisingly fuel efficient, returning 27 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, giving it a 28 mpg combined rating.


2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 Bluetec 4MATIC – 24 / 33 / 28

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The diesel-powered Mercedes-Benz GLK250 Bluetec 4MATIC features a 2.1-liter twin-turbo diesel four-cylinder engine with 200 hp and a seven-speed automatic transmission. It’s also capable of going zero to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds while getting 24 mpg in the city and an impressive 33 mpg on the highway for a 28 mpg combined rating.


2015 Honda CR-V – 26 / 33 / 28

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The updated 2015 Honda CR-V is a popular choice among shoppers, boasting a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. When paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), the CR-V nets 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway for a 28 mpg combined rating.


2015 Mazda CX-5 – 25 / 31 / 28

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Equipped with a 2.0-liter SkyActiv four-cylinder engine with 155 hp paired to an automatic transmission, the Mazda CX-5 returns 25 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway for a 28 mpg combined rating. It can also be had with a more powerful 2.5-liter engine with 184 hp that returns 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway for a 26 mpg combined rating.


2015 Lexus RX450h – 30 / 28 / 29

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The Lexus RX is one of the most successful luxury crossovers in recent years and the RX450h has a 3.5-liter V6 engine paired to an electric motor for a total system output of 295 hp. The Lexus RX450h gets significantly better fuel economy compared to its standard gasoline counterpart, which returns 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway when paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.


2015 BMW X3 xDrive28d – 27 / 34 / 30

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BMW’s diesel offering is a respectable one, powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine with 180 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is an impressive 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway for a 30 mpg combined rating.


2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid – 30 / 34 / 31

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Subaru is known for all-wheel-drive performance and the XV Crosstrek hybrid combines the best of both worlds with enhanced fuel economy. The 2.0-liter Boxer four-cylinder engine is coupled to a hybrid electric drive system for a total system output of 160 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque. Best of all, it returns 30 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway for a 31 mpg combined rating.


2015 Lexus NX300h – 33 / 30 / 32

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The new Lexus crossover offering is off to a hot start in the market and its hybrid variant features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired to an electric motor for a total system output of 194 hp. The model returns 33 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway for a 32 mpg combined rating while the NX200t is also worth a look getting 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway for a 24 mpg combined rating. The NX200t is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 235 hp.

  • Mark Wheeler

    The Lexus RX450h Does not get anywhere the claimed mpg’s. I just sold mine with very low miles under 30k. I found Lexus to be all marketing and little more than a dressed up Toyota. ” A fool and his money are soon parted”…I won’t be fooled again!
    The lifetime calculation computer says 25.5 mpg’s. Every one else that I know with them says the same result! I bought a 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Ultra and driving it home 42.2 mpg and now 44.5. Now you are talking!! This is an awesome car!

  • buckmeister2

    the author did a hack job on the blurb regarding the Lexus. Due to the poor wording and worse punctuation of the paragraph, he failed to give us the mileage of the RX450h, instead giving us the mileage of the “standard gasoline counterpart”. Read it carefully if you missed it, as that is exactly what it says.

    If you are going to author such pieces of work for such a wide audience, you should at least know when and where to place a comma, and when and where to leave one out…

  • buckmeister2

    Just to make sure you know, those are EPA established figures, not marketing claims by the manufacturer. They do err on some vehicles, which is why we all know the cliche, “your mileage may vary”.