With crossovers gaining in popularity, they’ve also improved efficiency to expand their appeal to consumers who might otherwise try a more efficient sedan. Below are some of the most efficient crossovers and SUVs available that also offer all-wheel drive. Whether you’re after something luxurious, versatile, or affordable, there’s an efficient crossover for your needs.
Gas- and Diesel-Powered Crossovers and SUVs
24/31 mpg city/highway (FWD), 24/30 mpg city/highway (AWD)
Sporting a new variable-compression 2.0-liter turbo-four with 268 hp and 280 lb-ft, the 2019 Infiniti QX50 gives you efficiency when you need it and a 0–60 time of 6.4 seconds. The QX50’s interior is distinctively styled and looks appropriately posh.
25/31 mpg city/highway (FWD), 24/30 mpg city/highway (AWD)
Need your crossover to be fun to drive and reasonably efficient? The Mazda CX-5 should be right up your alley. Responsive and agile, the CX-5 proves that a compact crossover doesn’t have to be dull to drive. Add its rev-happy 187-hp 2.5-liter I-4 to the mix, and you get a crossover that’s driver-focused yet still efficient and reasonably priced.
27/33 mpg city/highway
Opting for all-wheel drive usually comes with a hit in fuel economy, but in the case of the Subaru Crosstrek, it doesn’t. With 8.7 inches of ground clearance and a massive (for the class) 16.6-gallon fuel tank, the Crosstrek has the capability and range to get you to the wilderness and back without issue. A plug-in hybrid variant will also arrive soon for those looking for an electrified small crossover.
26/33 mpg city/highway (FWD), 25/32 mpg city/highway (AWD)
Nissan’s popular Rogue offers great fuel efficiency to go with its versatility. Powered by a 170-hp 2.5-liter I-4 paired to a CVT, the Rogue isn’t the most powerful entry in its class (and didn’t rank very high in a Big Test comparison as a 2016 model), but it does now offer an interesting semi-autonomous driver-assistance system called ProPilot Assist. The new tech helps you maintain a set speed and distance to the vehicle in front of you, even in heavy traffic.
28/34 mpg city/highway (FWD), 27/33 mpg city/highway (AWD)
The CR-V is the benchmark in the compact crossover segment, especially with its optional 190-hp 1.5-liter turbo-four. The crossover doesn’t sacrifice power in the name of fuel economy, and it earned Motor Trend‘s 2018 SUV of the Year.
28/39 mpg city/highway (FWD), 28/38 mpg city/highway (AWD)
The more polarizing platform-mate of the Chevrolet Equinox, the GMC Terrain is also available with the same diesel engine. Although it’s slightly more expensive, the Terrain gets you a more elegant interior, more sound insulation, and comfortable seating for five. Sadly, the diesel Terrain is only available on the SLE and SLT grades, so you can’t have it in the more posh Denali trim that’s pictured here.
28/39 mpg city/highway (FWD), 28/38 mpg city/highway (AWD)
One of two compact crossovers available with a diesel engine, the Chevrolet Equinox TD is also one of the most efficient. Even with all-wheel drive, the diesel-powered Equinox loses only 1 mpg on the highway in its EPA estimates. With only 137 hp, the Equinox’s 1.6-liter turbodiesel I-4 isn’t very powerful, but its 240 lb-ft of torque helps provide adequate passing power.
Hybrids, Plug-In Hybrids, and Electric Crossovers and SUVs
33/35 mpg city/highway (FWD), 31/34 mpg city/highway (AWD)
The Nissan Rogue Hybrid sees a significant improvement in fuel economy over its gas-only sibling. With 176 hp combined from a 2.0-liter I-4 and an electric motor, the Rogue Hybrid is also slightly more powerful. On the range-topping SL trim, the Rogue Hybrid comes standard with nearly every option except for the panoramic sunroof and Nissan’s ProPilot Assist system, the latter of which is only available on the gasoline Rogue.
34/30 mpg city/highway
Despite the current Toyota RAV4’s age, its hybrid variant remains one of the most efficient compact crossovers available, and it comes with 194 hp combined, so you don’t lose out on power. A new generation of RAV4 will arrive later this year with a more powerful hybrid system that also offers improved efficiency.
Lexus NX 300h
33/30 mpg city/highway
Recently refreshed, the Lexus NX is still one of the most polarizing luxury compact crossovers available. In NX 300h guise, it’s also one of the most efficient thanks to a hybrid system shared with the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Lexus Safety System+, a suite of active driver-assistance features, also comes standard.
Toyota Highlander Hybrid
30/28 mpg city/highway (LE Plus), 29/27 mpg city/highway (all other trims)
Currently the only non-luxury-branded electrified three-row midsize crossover, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid proves you can have power and efficiency even in a big vehicle that can seat up to eight passengers. With 306 hp combined, the Highlander Hybrid is more powerful than its gas-only sibling and provides superior fuel economy.
31/28 mpg city/highway (RX 450h), 29/28 mpg city/highway (RX 450h L)
Lexus’ best-selling RX crossover, which is now available in a three-row variant with seating for up to seven, offers power, luxury, and fuel economy in a single family-friendly package. Despite having a total output of 308 hp, the RX 450h and RX 450h L are the most efficient models in the lineup. As with other Lexus models, the Lexus Safety System+ suite comes standard along with a cabin that’s solidly put together.
Acura MDX Hybrid
26/27 mpg city/highway
The newest member of the MDX family offers efficiency and a combined output of 321 hp and 289 lb-ft from a 3.0-liter V-6 and three electric motors. The crossover’s slick all-wheel-drive system can use the rear electric motor for torque vectoring and to improve the MDX’s on-road dynamics, especially on twisty roads.
BMW X5 xDrive40e
23/25 mpg city/highway
14 miles EV-only range
521 miles total range or 24 mpg combined
Despite having 14 miles of EV-only range, the BMW X5 xDrive40e makes up for it with its 521-mile estimated total range with a full charge and a full tank. Using a 2.0-liter turbo-four and an electric motor, the plug-in X5 has a total system output of 308 hp, giving you power without sacrificing fuel efficiency and space.
21/24 mpg city/highway
14 miles EV-only range
490 miles total driving range or 22 mpg combined
The Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid is proof that even with electrification, you can have a crossover that handles well without sacrificing power and efficiency. With a total range of 490 miles and 14 miles EV-only range, this luxurious plug-in hybrid can manage road trips and give you the ability to drive without gas in the city.
20/23 mpg city/highway
10 miles EV-only range or 43 mpg-e
460 miles total driving range or 21 mpg combined
The Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e is able to travel only 10 miles in its EV mode, but with an EPA-estimated range of 460 miles, it can still go the distance. With 436 hp and 479 lb-ft, there’s no penalty when it comes to acceleration, and with four drive modes to choose from, you can do everything from save the battery’s charge to charge it with the gas engine while you’re on the go.
26/30 mpg city/highway
19 miles EV-only range or 62 mpg-e
363 miles total driving range or 27 mpg combined
Volvo was one of the first automakers to offer a plug-in hybrid crossover. With 400 hp and 472 lb-ft combined between the electric motor and the 2.0-liter super- and turbocharged I-4, the XC90 T8 gives you power and seating for seven. The placement of the battery under the passenger compartment means you don’t lose any cargo capacity compared to the gas-only XC90 T5 and T6.
26/28 mpg city/highway
18 miles EV-only range or 59 mpg-e
350 miles total driving range 26 mpg combined
Think of the Volvo XC60 T8 as a leaner, more compact take on the XC90 T8 formula; it features the same powertrain as its larger sibling. Sure, the XC60 has less total range and EV-only range than the XC90, but that’s a welcome sacrifice for something more city-friendly and easier to maneuver. Unfortunately, you can’t get the XC60 T8 in the super-posh Excellence trim, which is exclusive to the XC90.
25/26 mpg city/highway
22 miles EV-only range or 74 mpg-e
288 miles total driving range or 25 mpg combined
If you’re looking for a mainstream plug-in hybrid crossover with seating for five, the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in is the only game in town. With 22 miles of EV-only range, this crossover can get you through a short round trip commute without using a drop of gas.
Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e
24/27 mpg city/highway
10 miles EV-only range or 74 mpg-e
336 miles total driving range or 25 mpg combined
The Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e is ideal for those looking for a posh yet compact utility vehicle that’s capable of doing zero-emissions short-distance city driving. Using a 2.0-liter turbo-four and an electric motor, the GLC 350e has a combined output of 320 hp and 413 lb-ft.
Tesla Model X 100D/ P100D
295 miles per charge (100D), 289 miles (P100D)
Tesla’s oddball Model X crossover is a rolling technological showcase that offers explosive straight-line acceleration, especially in P100D guise. The 100D variant is EPA-rated for 295 miles per charge, giving it the capability to do road trips with proper planning. Opt for the P100D, and range drops to 289 miles, but in exchange for the slight reduction, you get a crossover with acceleration that can rival supercars in a straight line.
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