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Good SUVs with the Best Gas Mileage

Updated on September 30, 2010

Choosing the right SUV for your environment

You want to be responsible concerning the environment and over-consumption and all of that but you also have to admit that you kind of just want to live the way that you want to live. In terms of your car, that means that you want the benefits of owning an SUV but you're aware of the fact that they can be bad on the gas mileage which is bad for the environment and even worse for your pocketbook. So, which SUVs can you get that have decent gas mileage and let you drive them relatively guilt-free?

First of all, you should realize that you're going to have to compromise a little bit to get a good gas mileage SUV. You just can't go getting the biggest thing on the block because it's going to be a gas guzzler no matter which way you want to look at it. So, if you're in the market for a new SUV and you're trying to be responsible about it, head towards the part of the lot that's got the small and mid-size SUV's, not the big rigs.

According to, one of the best SUV's that you can get in terms of overall quality and decent gas mileage is the Honda Pilot which averages about 20 mpg between highway and city driving. That's about the range that you want to be looking at when you're on the lot checking the mpg of the different SUV's that are available this year. Just above 20 mpg for highway driving and just below it for in-the-city tends to be the mark of a good gas mileage SUV. Doing a little bit better than that is the Subaru Forester which can get up to 28 mpg on the highway and stays above 20 mpg even in the city.

Of course, these numbers only apply if you're looking into the average standard SUV. If you've got the bucks and the interest to think about buying a Hybrid SUV, you can do a bit better on the gas mileage. gives some numbers on the 2007 Hybrid SUVs, showing us that the average mpg on these cars is around 30 mpg. What this means in terms of your own pocket is that it'll currently cost you about $40 to fill up one of these babies and you'll be able to drive over 400 miles before filling up again.

Remember that the numbers that you're seeing for good gas mileage don't mean anything if you aren't taking care of your SUV properly. Yes, you need to buy an SUV that gets some good gas mileage, but you also need to maintain it in order to keep the vehicle efficient. Get regular maintenance work done on your SUV when you're supposed to, make sure that you're buying the kind of gas that you're supposed to be getting for that vehicle, and do as little stop-and-go driving as possible in order to make sure that you're good gas mileage SUV really is as good as it gets.


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    Lars amigo 6 years ago

    Diesel ain't no getting some 23 on 37s. You crazy.

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    big-fn-nol 6 years ago

    Wow... you people talking like you know diesels.... getting 20+ out of a diesel is very doable. For example..

    I have a 2008 Dodge Mega cab lifted on 37s and routinely get 23 on the freeway and 16 in town.

    One buddy has on 03 Ford powerstroke also lifted on 37s and his is chipped and he's pushing 600hp and 1000ft/lbs and he gets 24 on the freeway and 17 in town. If you know how to drive a diesel you can get 20+ MPG easily. Mainly you need to let it breath better intake and exhaust and you'll get pretty decent mileage.

    So Jon Trent.... don't talk shit if you don't know your facts..

    I could tell you about 10 diesels that I know of personally that get 20+ on the freeway...and if you tow a trailer at all you know diesel is the only way to go.

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    Jacob 6 years ago

    what is that car in the picture?

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    jon trent 7 years ago

    protoolshed 3 years ago

    I have a Ford Excursion and got a chip to get between 17 and 25 MPG. I also use biodiesel. Great hub!

    *** this type of fool is what fuels the BS information that comprises about 80 percent of the Internet.

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    Thomas 7 years ago

    There are a bunch of Hybrid SUVs that get a combined MPG rating of over 30! The Ford Escape Hybrid, Lexus RX 450h, Mazda Tribute, and Mercury Mariner.

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    Alan 7 years ago

    I have a cousin with a Gas Excursion. He reprogrammed his with, I believe a Hypertech kit, and gets ~20mpg on the interstate at ~70mph. Less in the city, of course, and that's Georgia -- relatively flat, low altitude.

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    dread240 9 years ago from virginia

    A diesel exursion is quite capable of that, but certainly not a v-10 triton diesel. Read closer next time

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    SCOTTY 9 years ago

    Your Excursion DOES NOT get 17/25 mpg... TRY 8/10..BE REAL!!!!!

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    Joanie Ruppel 9 years ago from Texas

    This is good information, our Tahoe is getting pretty old and my wife likes having a larger vehicle, but the gas prices are getting to be a real burden.

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    protoolshed 10 years ago from Florida

    I have a Ford Excursion and got a chip to get between 17 and 25 MPG. I also use biodiesel. Great hub!