In the most recent years gas prices have soared and the popularity of sports utility vehicles (SUVs), while still quite high, have started to dwindle. Fortunately, some of the leading car makers have begun manufacturing high quality fuel efficient SUVs luring back many SUV fans. Thanks to these five vehicles it is now becoming possible to still haul and transport large amounts of people and cargo in the safety and luxury of an SUV without breaking the bank.
1. 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid
Considered to be the leader in SUV fuel efficiency and hybrid technology, the Ford Escape Hybrid version offers all the amenities and utility of a traditional SUV while getting 34 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 31mpg on the highway. Capable of running on electrical power all the way up to 44 miles per hour (mph), what this vehicle saves in gas it makes up for in power since it can go from 0-60mph in less than 10 seconds.
2. 2010 Mazda Tribute Hybrid
Fast on the Ford Escape Hybrid’s heels, Mazda has mastered the fuel efficiency of a hybrid by offering this fuel efficient SUV in both the Touring and Grand Touring models. Capable of carrying over 1,000 lbs. it is spacious and strong while only getting 34mpg in the city and 31mpg on the highway. It is capable of running solely on electrical power up to 25mph.
3. 2011 Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai’s Tucson is the best fuel efficient SUV not being made with hybrid technology. Newly redesigned in 2010, the Tucson is surprisingly beautiful and elegant for its price tag. Not nearly as refined as some higher-end models but with a wide array of standard features and an amazing warranty it is a reliable and economical purchase.
4. 2011 Lexus RX 450h
With an MSRP of $42,685-45,525, the RX 450h is the most fuel efficient of any luxury SUV on the market. As a hybrid it emits only 6.1-6.3 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is less than most sedans. Rich with amenities and dozens of upgrades and features, it is all encompassing and is easily customizable for the most refined tastes.
5. 2011 Nissan Juke
Capable of getting 27mpg in the city and 32mpg on the Hwy, Nissan’s new crossover vehicle is an ideal sporty fuel efficient car. Unlike anything ever made before it offers several creative design features making it one of the most distinct cars on the market today. Keeping with the sportiness of the car, Nissan has given it a turbocharged four-cylinder engine which provides a lot of fun behind the wheel.
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