Crossover SUVs, which combine the comfort, maneuverability, and versatility of a car with the utility, style and capabilities of an SUV, have increased in popularity for the past 10 years and now offer consumers numerous choices when it comes to Best Crossover MPG SUVs.
All of the following are gasoline-powered (non-hybrid) SUVs and have been chosen for their high fuel economy as measured by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards as well as their overall consumer appeal. See what you think of these picks for Best Crossover MPG SUVs.
- Chevrolet Equinox – For a non-hybrid SUV, you can’t do better in fuel economy than the redesigned 2010 compact crossover with its class-leading 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway (tied with stable mate, the ). Other plusses include more power, revamped spacious and versatile interior with sliding rear seat, and an attractively affordable price (MSRP of $22,615 to $29,970). In a review, Business Week offered high praise for the Equinox, calling it “a classy, well-designed compact SUV that actually gets better mileage than such rivals as the , , and . That’s right: it’s a Chevy that beats even the Asian competition in fuel economy. The car is also arguably GM’s hottest product right now.”
- GMC Terrain – Priced a bit higher than its sibling, the Chevrolet Equinox, the fancier GMC Terrain is an all-new compact crossover SUV with class-leading (same as Equinox) EPA fuel economy of 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway, standard rearview camera, USB iPod interface and satellite radio (that cost extra on competitors), Multi-Flex sliding rear seats, and a quiet and particularly roomy interior. Terrain has distinctive looks, handles well, is offered with two engine choices, and is a great alternative to a hybrid. Of the recently-spied 2011 Terrain Car and Driver comments, “If the handsome and cohesive design is any indicator, this could be GMC’s best small SUV ever.”
- Honda CR-V – With storage and space galore, the 2010 compact crossover Honda CR-V gets even better fuel economy (21 mpg city/28 mpg highway in FWD and 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway AWD) and a more powerful 180-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. CR-V also features redesigned exterior (new grille, updated bumper and front fascia), some upgraded interior touches, and an easy-to-use tailgate. Kelley Blue Book includes CR-V in the 2010 Best Resale Value Awards for Compact Utility Vehicle, saying: “Offering the utility and raised seating position of an SUV in a compact and fuel-efficient package, the Honda CR-V has yet again secured a spot on our list of residual standouts. As practical as a backpack, this benchmark crossover is a smart choice for new and used buyers alike.”
Any one of these three compact, gasoline-powered ‘utes would be fine choices for Best Crossover MPG SUVs.