Small SUVs With the Best Gas Mileage

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Where Capability and Fuel-Efficiency Meet

There was once a time when buyers had to choose between a vehicle that was fuel-efficient and one that was capable, comfortable, or safe. But the past decade has been one of incredible leaps forward in production methods, use of lightweight materials, and more advanced powertrains. 

Today, we take these advances for granted, but features like direct injection, auto stop-start, and cylinder deactivation have all led to our cars being far more efficient than they were even a decade ago. This has helped contribute to the rapid proliferation of the SUV market, allowing nimble compact and subcompact crossovers to offer the same, if not better, fuel economy than conventional sedans and hatchbacks. 

To show just how efficient SUVs have become, U.S. News & World Report has assembled the top 20 sport utility vehicles with the best MPG figures, according to EPA testing. You won’t find big SUVs like a Chevy Tahoe on this list, but you will find nimble runabouts like the Mazda CX-5 and Honda HR-V. Some of these small SUVs are hybrids, but a large majority of them are conventionally powered, speaking to the fact that automakers can still get a lot out the internal combustion engine. Read on to learn more about these versatile, capable, and efficient vehicles.

The scores you see in this slideshow were correct at the time of writing. Be sure to visit each vehicle’s review to get the most up-to-date information.

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