This guest post is by Nick of CaliforniaAutoInsuranceHQ.com.
Most people do not equate SUV and fuel-efficient in the same sentence. However, today more families are looking for larger, safer vehicles that are able to handle not only passengers but cargo as well. Then there are those that just do not want to give up having an SUV, and with all the innovations in fuel saving available on vehicles today, they do not have to. With the slow economy more people are also choosing to vacation on the road instead of flying, and having a vehicle that is capable of handling a variety of road conditions, as well as being able to handle more than two people and a couple bags, makes traveling much easier. The following list of vehicles is ranked from the lowest to highest EPA fuel economy ratings.
5. 2012 Hyundai Tucson
The Hyundai Tucson GL comes standard with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that allows it to attain a combined EPA estimated fuel economy of 26 mpg. It produces 165hp and 146 lb-ft of torque, which is sufficient to get you where you need to go. The Tucson is also available in two additional trims, the GLS and the Limited. These are both equipped with a slightly larger 2.4-liter engine, but are still quite fuel-efficient. Whichever trim level you choose from, you get 25.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and a maximum of 55.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the back seats folded down. Above all the Tucson is stylish and affordable not only when it comes to fuel economy but the vehicle itself as well.
4. 2012 Chevrolet Equinox and 2012 GMC Terrain
Other than the outside badges and a few other exterior differences, the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain are twins. They are both equipped with a direct-injected 2.4-liter, 182hp four-cylinder engine. This same engine powers all trim lines of both these vehicles, but for 2012, it is capable of operating not just on regular unleaded fuel but E85 ethanol as well. Both vehicles are very well equipped, no matter what trim you choose and the powertrain warranty that is included with the vehicle is one of the best in the industry. Both vehicles provide ample cargo space with 31.6 cubic feet behind the seat and 63.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down.
3. 2012 Honda CR-V
The redesigned 2012 Honda CR-V is equipped with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine capable of 185hp and is equipped with front wheel drive as well, although it is available in an all-wheel-drive model. It gets a combined 26 mpg, which is an increase of 2 mpg over last year’s model. As in previous years, the CR-V is quite well equipped. Cargo room is also quite impressive with 37.2 cubic feet of cargo area behind the seat, and 70.9 cubic feet of space with the seats folded down. For 2012 Honda has not only redesigned the seats but features the One Motion Easy fold 60/40 rear seat able to open up your cargo space much easier.
2. 2012 Nissan Juke
The Nissan Juke not only provides excellent fuel economy, but also is the least expensive vehicle to offer all-wheel-drive. The front wheel drive Juke is rated by the EPA to get 29 mpg combined driving, and the AWD version still capable getting a combined 27 mpg. This is a fun to drive vehicle, however, the styling of the vehicle is not for everyone. It is a unique vehicle, which for the right person provides a unique personality and charm. Although it is one of the least expensive SUVs you can buy, its turbocharged direct-injected 1.6-liter four-cylinder is designed to run on premium unleaded in order to maintain your fuel economy as well as its 188hp. You do sacrifice some cargo space in the Juke; with the seat raised, you have 10.5 cubic feet of cargo space and with the seat folded down it increases to 35.9 cubic feet.
1. 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid
If you are looking for the most fuel economy you can get in a small SUV, the 2012 Ford Escape is just the vehicle for you. It is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine combined with a battery-powered electric motor that combined produce around 177hp. This vehicle has an impressive EPA estimated 32 mpg combined fuel economy, and even the all-wheel-drive version is still capable of a combined 29 mpg. It also has the largest amount of cargo space available in comparison to any other vehicle on the list. You will get 30.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the seat and 66.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats folded down. These vehicles in testing also provide amazing longevity with an Escape Hybrid capable of surviving a few hundred thousand miles.
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