Are you in the market for a brand new vehicle? As with any big (or small) purchase, it’s important to do your research, and buying a new (or new to you) vehicle is not any different. Since the price of gas continues to rise and fall, gas mileage remains among a top concern among shoppers, which is why we did some research on our own into this year’s fuel efficient vehicles, starting with the popular SUV.
We tried our hardest to include SUV’s of every size, but as you know the larger the vehicle, the less gas mileage you’re likely to get, but the good news is you’ll always have Otto as added insurance. Why is fuel efficiency important? Because the cost of operating a 30 MPG car compared to a 20 MPG car is $555 a year! That’s $2,775 in savings over the cost of 5 years. We have your attention now, don’t we?
Toyota Highlander Hybrid
MSRP Starting at: $47,870
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid has the ability to haul up to 7 comfortably, so we were surprised that its EPA was 27 MPG city and 28 MPG highway. U.S. News Ranking and Reviews rated the Highlander an 8.6 out of 10 in their “Best Cars” publication. The standard features on the 2016 Highlander are navigation, smartphone app integration, USB port, Bluetooth, satellite and HD radio as well as an 8-inch touch screen to control the previously mentioned items. Don’t forget! If you’re looking for additional ways to save on fuel, don’t leave Otto behind!
Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
MSRP Starting at:
The Subaru Crosstrek is another high-ranking Hybrid SUV for 2016, especially if gas mileage is your number one priority in your new car. U.S. News Ranking and Reviews noted drivers can expect 30 MPG in-city versus 34 MPG highway. The most notable complaint (among experts and consumers) is cargo space, which is relatively lacking compared to other models in its class, but accommodates 6-foot passengers exceptionally well.
MSRP Starting at: $20, 115
Honda’s brand new crossover-esque HR-V is already a favorite among drivers and Honda loyalists, and we can see why! If you’re in the market for a small crossover, with great fuel economy and cargo carrying abilities, look no further than the all new Honda HR-V. This smaller crossover is built on the wildly popular Civic frame and boasts an EPA of 25-28 MPG city, and 32-35 MPG on the highway as well as seats that can safely flip-flop whichever direction you need. Learn more about this impressive small crossover from Car and Driver. And if you still weren’t wowed by the reported gas mileage results, there is always room for Otto.
Hyundai Tucson Eco
MSRP Starting at: $22,700
Also new for 2016 is the Hyundai Tucson Eco, clocking in a combined fuel economy of 26 MPG (which we know isn’t the best for its class, but the price tag is hard to ignore!). If you’re looking for a newer, and highly affordable SUV with decent gas mileage, the Hyundai Tucson is worth a test drive (or two). As always we recommend reading full reviews from Car and Driver, KBB, CNET and other reputable reviewers before purchasing.
MSRP Starting at: $23,290
The 2016 Nissan Rogue is another highly-affordable compact SUV with enviable gas mileage, 26 MPG city and 33 MPG highway, although drivers have complained this is not the vehicles actual gas mileage, but that’s okay but you have Otto.