Advancements in technology has allowed auto makers to design SUVs that utilize less fuel than their predecessors. Better gas mileage has brought hope to many people as they will be able to afford and drive an SUV especially in today’s economic crisis.
Below are reviews of two of the best mileage SUV models available, the 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid and the 2014 Lexus RX 450h.
2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Among SUVs with the best gas mileage, the Toyota Highlander has a 3.5 liter V6 engine and a hybrid synergy drive system with electronic motor which is capable of delivering 280 horsepower. It is one of the best SUVs on gas with a mileage rating of 27/28 city/highway. It has a hybrid power meter which helps to show the user when the system is fully charged. It has two modes namely eco mode where the best hybrid vehicles modify throttle response to help with fuel efficiency and ev mode for the electric motor when driving at low speeds.
The 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid has several safety features such as enhanced vehicle stability control, anti-lock braking, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, tire pressure monitor system and smart stop technology.
2014 Lexus Rx 450h
The 2014 Lexus RX 450h is among the best gas mileage SUV vehicles available and has a 3.5 liter V6 gas/electric engine which is capable of producing 295 horsepower. As a hybrid SUV, it is very fuel efficient and has an mpg rating of 32/28 city/highway. It has a fuel tank capacity of 17.2 gallons. It has several gadgets to ensure convenience and comfort for the occupants similar to other hybrid vehicles. Some of the gadgets include keyless start, vehicle anti theft system, remote engine start, power door locks, heated mirrors, cruise control and fog lamps.
This luxury hybrid SUV has several safety features namely front, rear and side airbags, brake assist, electronic stability control, child safety control, integrated turn signal mirrors, traction control and daytime running lights.
Other best mileage SUV models include the 2014 Mazda CX-5, 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, 2014 Nissan Juke and 2014 Nissan Rogue.
Those seeking a luxury SUV with the best gas mileage can find it in the 2014 Mercedes 250GLK BluTEC 4Matic or the 2014 BMW X3 iDrive28d. Both of these compact luxury SUV models utilize fuel efficient diesel engines in order to post some of the best mileage ratings of any SUV vehicles.