SUV

Hybrid and diesel SUVs combine the interior space and ride quality of a gasoline-powered SUV with fuel-saving capabilities. Some environmentalists have criticized the hybrid SUV as a misapplication of gas-electric technology. It’s true that hybrid SUVs do not reach the level of fuel efficiency of smaller hybrids in terms of miles-per-gallon. Yet, miles-per-gallon is a non-linear and counter-intuitive form of measurement. An apparently small jump in fuel efficiency—for example, from 14 to 16 mpg—saves as much oil as increasing fuel economy from 35 to 50 mpg, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Name Combined MPG Technology MSRP Available
BMW X6 Hybrid

BMW X6 Hybrid

An SUV that has crossed over into sports car territory.
18 MPG Hybrid $90,000 Now
2013 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

2013 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

Launched in August 2008, the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid sport-utility vehicle is unquestionably the world’s blingiest hybrid.
21 MPG Hybrid $73,000 Now
2013 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid Overview

2013 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid Overview

21 MPG Hybrid $69,850 Now
2012 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid

2012 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid

The Cayenne S Hybrid is about as far away from the earnest nerdiness of the Prius as any Porsche can get.
21 MPG Hybrid $69,000 Now
2013 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid Review

2013 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid Review

Combines a direct injection engine and hybrid gas-electric system for maximum benefit.
22 MPG Hybrid $62,000 Now
2009 Mercedes GL320 Bluetec

2009 Mercedes GL320 Bluetec

The biggest, bluntest, and heaviest clean diesel SUV from Mercedes-Benz.
20 MPG Diesel $59,200 Now
2009 Mercedes ML 450 Hybrid

2009 Mercedes ML 450 Hybrid

The Mercedes-Benz version of the Two-Mode system combines a 275-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine and two electric motors.
22 MPG Hybrid $55,000 Now
2013 GMC Yukon Hybrid

2013 GMC Yukon Hybrid

The sister vehicle of the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid. Features same fuel economy in a better appointed package.
21 MPG Hybrid $52,800 Now
2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

The Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid makes significant strides in improving the fuel economy of the full-size SUV.
21 MPG Hybrid $52,300 Now
2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d

2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d

High-performance, luxury SUV. Now more efficient as a diesel.
23 MPG Diesel $52,000 Now
2010 Audi Q7 TDI

2010 Audi Q7 TDI

Luxury seven-passenger clean diesel SUV with ultra-low emissions.
21 MPG Diesel $50,900 Now
2013 Audi Q5 Quattro Hybrid Overview

2013 Audi Q5 Quattro Hybrid Overview

26 MPG $50,900 Now
2013 Toyota RAV4 EV Review

2013 Toyota RAV4 EV Review

Based on the 2012 RAV4, Toyota says only 2,600 RAV4 EV units will be made, with production halting at the end of 2014.
76 MPGe Electric $49,800 Now
Mercedes R320 Bluetec

Mercedes R320 Bluetec

A big and heavy luxury station wagon with a clean diesel engine.
21 MPG Diesel $49,100 Now
2009 Mercedes ML 320 Bluetec

2009 Mercedes ML 320 Bluetec

The most popular Mercedes SUV, available in fuel-efficient clean diesel version.
21 MPG Diesel $48,600 Now
Audi Q5 TDI quattro Review

Audi Q5 TDI quattro Review

New to the U.S. for 2014 is Audi's Q5 TDI. It splits the difference in price and performance versus gas models and is selling well out of the gate.
27 MPG Diesel $46,500 Now
2013 Lexus RX 450h Review

2013 Lexus RX 450h Review

The 2013 Lexus RX 450h is the perfect all-purpose vehicle as an everyday hauler of full-size people and their stuff.
30 MPG Hybrid $46,310 Now
2013 Lexus RX 450h

2013 Lexus RX 450h

Updated version of the luxury SUV with green stripes.
30 MPG Hybrid $45,900 Now
2007 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid

2007 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid

A hulking 5.7-liter V8 Hemi hybrid.
19 MPG Hybrid $44,700 Discontinued
2009 Dodge Durango Hybrid

2009 Dodge Durango Hybrid

Chrysler discontinued its hemi hybrid.
19 MPG Hybrid $44,500 Discontinued
2009 Volkswagen Touareg TDI

2009 Volkswagen Touareg TDI

MPG Diesel $42,800 Now
2008 Lexus RX 400h

2008 Lexus RX 400h

Everything a luxury SUV buyer seeks—in a greener package.
25 MPG Hybrid $42,000 Discontinued
2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Overview

2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Overview

28 MPG $40,170
2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350 With Stop-Start Review

2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350 With Stop-Start Review

The Mercedes GLK 350 is a solid, capable and impeccably constructed compact luxury sport utility vehicle.
21 MPG Stop-Start $38,405 Now
2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is the most fuel efficient seven-passenger SUV available.
28 MPG Hybrid $38,100 Now
2012 Audi Q5 Hybrid

2012 Audi Q5 Hybrid

In addition to saving fuel—the Q5’s combined EPA fuel economy could approach 26-27 mpg versus the gasoline model’s 22 mpg—the Q5 Hybrid teems with engineering, technology and performance.
22 MPG Hybrid $35,600 Now
2015 Kia Soul EV Review

2015 Kia Soul EV Review

Kia's Soul EV is a unique mini-SUV sold initially in California, and the first EV by KIA outside its home market.
105 MPGe Electric $34,500 Now
2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD

2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD

Following the success of the diesel version of the Jeep Liberty in 2005, Jeep now offers their newest diesel powertrain mated to the Grand Cherokee.
22 MPG Diesel $34,400 Discontinued
Saturn Vue Green Line Two-Mode

Saturn Vue Green Line Two-Mode

The Two-Mode Hybrid version of the Saturn Vue is a solid high-efficiency V6 SUV.
30 MPG Hybrid $33,000 Discontinued
2012 Ford Escape Hybrid

2012 Ford Escape Hybrid

The most fuel efficient SUV available.
32 MPG Hybrid $30,500 Now
2007 Mercury Mariner Hybrid

2007 Mercury Mariner Hybrid

Slightly upscale version of the Ford Escape Hybrid.
32 MPG Hybrid $30,100 Discontinued
2008 Mazda Tribute Hybrid

2008 Mazda Tribute Hybrid

The Mazda Tribute Hybrid is basically a re-skinned Ford Escape Hybrid, using the same powertrain and many of the same interior bits.
32 MPG Hybrid $29,900 Discontinued
2007 Saturn Vue Hybrid

2007 Saturn Vue Hybrid

The Vue Green Line is the low-cost low-benefit hybrid SUV.
27 MPG Stop-Start $24,200 Discontinued
2010 Chevrolet Equinox

2010 Chevrolet Equinox

Small gas-powered SUV with the highest highway fuel economy rating.
26 MPG $23,200 Now
2009 Pontiac Vibe

2009 Pontiac Vibe

One of the premier “compact crossover” vehicles in the new segment.
29 MPG Small Car $17,400 Now