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Best SUVs for gas mileage

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The Best SUVs for Gas Mileage in Indianapolis

In consumer reports, SUVs are traditionally prized for their power and versatility and scolded for high fuel consumption. However, there are dozens of crossovers on the used car market with very low fuel consumption.

In our selection, we gathered the best gas mileage SUVs for great gas mileage. If you want zero gas or diesel consumption, then SUVs with an electric fuel system are for you.

20 Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs

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We have placed the cars in no particular order as they are very different. At least there are hybrids, and there are gas cars. The most economical gasoline SUV is the Ford Escape. The hybrid with the lowest fuel consumption is the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD (all-wheel drive). A midsize SUV will typically provide better MPG than its full-size counterpart, and the same goes for AWD vs. FWD. Full-size SUVs do offer good gas mileage nowadays, though.

  • Buick Encore
  • Kia Seltos
  • Nissan Rogue
  • Subaru Crosstrek
  • Honda HR-V
  • Hyundai Kona
  • Kia Sorento and Kia Sorento Hybrid
  • Mazda CX-3
  • Kia Niro
  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid
  • Honda CR-V Hybrid
  • Toyota Venza
  • Kia Sportage
  • Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
  • Ford Escape
  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • Chevrolet Trax
  • Ford EcoSport
  • Subaru Outback
  • Subaru Forester

Which SUV Has the Best Gas Mileage?

There is an opinion that SUVs use fuel very mercilessly. But this is not always the case. Have a look at these models with low gas mileage that you can buy at our used car dealership in Indianapolis:

  • 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid – 44 city / 37 highway . A combined MPG of 41. With impressive fuel efficiency, excellent reliability ratings, and a spacious interior, the Ford Escape is one of the top compact SUVs in the used car market. The Escape is equipped with a three-cylinder engine that provides enough power for city driving. The optional turbo-four produces 250 horsepower. It has enough room for five people. At Indy Auto Man, you will find the best Ford models for sale in Indianapolis.
  • 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid – 36 city / 35 highway . Powered by a four-cylinder engine paired with two electric motors, the Highlander Hybrid develops 243 horsepower and delivers fast acceleration. You may also find all-wheel-drive models. The three-row SUV can comfortably accommodate eight people, depending on the cabin configuration. Check out the other best eight-seaters available for sale in Indianapolis .
  • 2020 Nissan Rogue 26 city / 33 highway. The Nissan Rogue boasts more features as well as improved steering and suspension. The Rogue is powered by a four-cylinder engine (181 hp), seats 5 people, and has a large trunk. Compare the Nissan Rogue vs. Murano.
  • 2020 Chevrolet Equinox 28 city / 39 highway. With its impressive reliability and fuel economy, the Chevrolet Equinox is at the forefront of the compact crossover rankings. Its base turbocharged 170 horsepower engine is good for everyday driving, but there is a turbocharged 252 horsepower engine. The Equinox has a spacious interior made from soft-touch materials and hard plastic. And when it comes to cargo space, you are getting 29.9 ft³, 63.9 ft³ with seat area.
  • 2020 Buick Encore 25 city/ 30 highway. The Buick Encore has a 138-horsepower turbocharged engine—the best choice for everyday driving. Some models come with an optional four-wheel drive .

What If the Car Uses Too Much Fuel?

Lambda probe It is an oxygen sensor that often breaks down. The leaded gasoline covers the sensor with lead oxides, and an electronic fuel injection begins to pour more gasoline than necessary. The mixture is re-enriched, the CO content increases in the exhaust. You can also detect the lambda probe malfunction using computer engine diagnostics.
Spark plugs Replacing spark plugs is one of the options for dealing with increased fuel consumption. If you are going to replace them, choose the new ones attentively and check if they have the correct gap. Otherwise, replacing them will have no effect.
Filters – fuel
– air
– oil
These filters should be inspected for debris and, if necessary, replaced.
Armored wires High-voltage wires (or distributors) can be dirty or even punctured. If there is a leakage of electricity, the mixture does not burn out, increasing the gas mileage.
Catalyst The catalyst can either be simply faulty or knocked out. The absence of a catalyst slightly increases power but adds fuel consumption.
Idling If the idle speed is high, the consumption increases (especially in city driving).
Nozzles If the injectors are dirty, they do not spray gasoline as needed. The nozzles can be washed or replaced with new ones.
Compression If your SUV consumes a lot of gas, you should also check the condition of the engine by measuring the compression.

If your car consumes too much gas, there may be many reasons for this. Accordingly, there are many ways to combat increased fuel consumption. Here is where you can look for reasons:

If you feel that your SUV consumes more gas than it should, visit the Indy Auto Man auto repair shop in Indianapolis . Our specialists will check your engine operation, find the problem if it exists, and fix it in the shortest time.

Best Economical SUVs

The best SUVs for gas mileage that are mentioned the most in automotive forums and consumer reports are the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Subaru Crosstrek (ok, it’s a crossover), and the Hyundai Tucson. All of these models get excellent mileage ratings, but you’ll pay extra for their hybrid powertrains. They use an electric motor instead of gasoline to help boost acceleration and engine output.

How to Choose the Best SUV for Gas Mileage?

choose the best suv for gas mileage in Indianapolis

When it comes to efficiency, manufacturers are doing well in this area, focusing their efforts on the development and improvement of fuel-efficient engines. But if you are choosing your best SUV, in addition to indicators of the economy, you should also consider such criteria as:

  • Reliability. Check the results of crash tests, equipment, the presence of various functions, and options for making your driving as safe and comfortable as possible.
  • Body dimensions and the luggage compartment capacity . It is very convenient when the car can accommodate literally everything that can be useful while traveling.

An SUV is a massive car, and if you want to cut fuel costs, consider hybrid models. The hybrid engine radically changes fuel consumption, reducing fuel expenses by 20% to 35%.

Also, models equipped with a diesel engine can boast better efficiency than gasoline ones. If in the case of an electric vehicle or a hybrid engine, the choice of SUVs is not so great, then the line of cars with a diesel engine is replete with various very attractive offers and safety features.

Visit Indy Auto Man in Indianapolis today, and we will help you find the best used SUV from the freshest pre-owned inventory in Indy for gas mileage that will meet all your criteria of choice.