8. 2017 Lexus RX Hybrid

A powerful luxury SUV actually made the top-10 list in fuel efficiency. The 308-hp Lexus RX 450h has the benefit of electric power to pad its numbers, thanks to its hybrid powertrain. Again, equipped with AWD as standard equipment doesn’t affect the fuel efficiency much.


The 2017 Lexus RX 450h gets an EPA rated 31 mpg city and 28 mpg on the highway. The city rating is so high because of the electric motor usage at low speeds. We won’t hold that against it, though.

7. 2017 Honda CR-V

The all-new 2017 Honda CR-V come in as the seventh most fuel efficient SUV of 2017. Despite Honda’s emphasis on fuel efficient vehicles, they found it was important to keep them fun to drive as well. That’s why a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder is under the hood, packing 190 hp.

It should be noted the two-wheel-drive version is what achieves the ranking here. Its EPA numbers are 28 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. When equipped with AWD, the CR-V drops off the top-10 list.

6. 2017 Mazda CX-3

Squeaking past the Honda CR-V into sixth place is the 2017 Mazda CX-3. It drives more like a car than an SUV, although that could be said for several of these compact SUVs. Under the hood is a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine with 146 hp and, once again, it’s a two-wheel-drive.


The Mazda CX-3 gets 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway in this configuration. If you add AWD, those figures drop by 2 mpg each.

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