Fuel Economy

Used SUVs with the Best Gas Mileage


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Finding the best gas mileage for used SUVs is not as troublesome as it once was. The younger used vehicles all come with better gas mileage and are not the gas guzzlers that they once were. Because of the environmental effects and the ever-increasing cost of gasoline, SUV fuel efficiency has undergone a lot of improvements.

The Best

The SUVs that get over 20 mpg are some of the best. It is hard to find any with better mileage unless you go to hybrid vehicles, which can achieve about 26 mpg. Some of the best models include the Toyota Highlander, Mazda Tribute, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Saturn Vue and the Toyota RAV4. One of the best recommendations, as it is also considered a best buy, is the Subaru Forester. Expect to get about 25mpg when on the highway.

The Worst

Some of the worst are those that will just barely make 14 mpg, namely the Land Rovers and Mercedes-Benz G500. It is also a good idea to avoid Hummers. These have very bad gas mileage because they contain large, powerful engines that can generate more than 300hp and will be loaded with features that bump up the weight and energy usage. Others to avoid include the Lincoln Navigator, Ford Expedition, Toyota Land Cruiser, Nissan Armada, Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the Volkswagen Tourareg.

How to Compare Them

Gas mileage and fuel economy information can be found easily online. Each vehicle should also have a fuel economy sticker that shows the gas mileage. Be aware that these numbers were calculated in a lab and do not show the real world gas mileage in each situation. However, this can be a great way to determine which ones will have lower fuel economy and which ones higher. It is also important to take into account the starting price of the SUV, whether it's 2 wheel or 4 wheel drive and what you're going to be doing with it.

Improve Gas Mileage

SUVS have some of the worst gas mileage because they are so heavy. Try to lighten the vehicle if possible, particularly of items that you rarely use. Also try not to idle the engine, as this burns fuel. Instead, turn the car off and turn it on again when sitting in traffic. Make sure the tires are at the correct level and check this about once a month. Also make sure the engine has good lubrication and use a brand that is recommended for your SUV. The way you drive may be causing the gas mileage to be worse. Make some changes to get better gas mileage.

Calculating Fuel Economy

It is possible to determine what this gas mileage means in terms of dollars. Let's say a gallon of gas costs $3. Normally, in a year you would drive 12,000 miles. One SUV will have a gas mileage of 30 mpg. Therefore 400 gallons of gas would be needed for a year which turns into $1,400. However, another SUV may only get 15mpg, so 800 gallons of gas is needed. This in turn will cost $7,000. The mileage can really affect the amount of money spent on gas each year and the used SUVS with the best gas mileage will have lower fuel costs.

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