What Are the Best High MPG SUV Models?

Getting the best fuel economy possible is pretty important these days given that the price of gas is around the four dollar mark and seems likely to surpass that if geo-political events continue on the track they have been on for some time now.

The good news is that even the dollar price of gas keeps going up at the pump there are ways you can keep the impact on your finances to a minimum and some of this information can be especially helpful if you are about to start shopping for a new SUV.

Sport Utility Vehicles are very practical in some ways. If you need to carry a lot of cargo, several passengers or tow a heavy load they can be very useful. Their downside has been the tendency to use a lot of fuel and thus cost a lot to drive even if you are taking a highway trip where fuel mileage is typically much better than in urban driving.

The new generation of SUVs is much better at using less fuel than the models we used to have and some of them are actually more efficient than common full-size sedans. There are a couple different approaches to take if you want to get the best gas mileage from your new SUV. If you are attracted to hybrid technology there are a number of hybrid models that will give you pretty good fuel mileage in urban driving and typical return similar mileage on the highway.

The downside of hybrid models is the risk that they won’t have a reliable battery life and that it will cost a lot to replace the batteries. Another detractor for hybrid SUVs is the fact that you can get better fuel mileage on the highway with some more traditional power plants. The reason for this is that the way hybrid drive systems work favors stop and go driving in the city where the brakes can recharge the battery and the vehicle can run on battery power (typically at speeds up to 25 or 35 MPH).

An alternative if hybrid technology doesn’t appeal to you is to get a diesel powered SUV. There are an increasing number of very impressive diesel vehicles coming to the U.S. market and at this point they are all from German automakers. The Audi Q7 TDI, Volkswagen Touraeg and BMW X5 are examples of what we’re talking about here. Probably the most efficient of these models is the VW which can get over 30 MPG in highway driving and yet puts out torque figures from it’s V6 engine that could be considered respectable for a V8 powered gasoline model.

While diesel powered models might not do quite so well in urban driving (this point is up for testing and debate) they don’t feature the more complicated and non-conventional drive systems that hybrids do and you may end up spending less on repair costs during the course of ownership.

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