The Best Fuel Efficient SUVs 2012 and 2013
We have just completed a massive study of 518 new models for the 2012 and 2013 model year in which fuel efficiency data was available from the manufacturers. The study includes cars from 43 different car manufacturers over 9 different classes (that is, sedans, hatchbacks, SUVs, coupes etc.). The results tell some interesting details about the different car manufacturers and which types of cars actually save you money at the pumps. The big trend across our survey is that luxury cars costing in excess of $70,000 into the millions do not go out of their way to save you money at the pumps – miles per gallons for these cars are generally low. The theory for this category of vehicle seems to be that if you can afford the steep price tag for the car, you can afford it at the pumps! Heavier cars have worse fuel efficiency that lighter cars which is why the hatchback is the most fuel efficient car.
The SUV study showed some interesting results. The study included 130 SUV models of 29 car manufacturers for models years 2012 and 2013. The average overall fuel efficiency was 20.7 mpg, with the city average being 17.5 mpg and the highway average being 23.8 mpg.
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The best SUV for fuel efficiency overall was the Nissan Juke SUV 2012 model with an overall fuel efficiency of 29.5 mpg. This is great fuel efficiency for a very reasonable MSRP of $19,990. This makes this vehicle really attractive for people who want a great looking vehicle but are also conscious of costs, both at the dealership and ongoing.
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The worst SUV for fuel efficiency overall was the Chevrolet Suburban Three Quarter Ton SUV with an overall fuel efficiency of 12.5 mpg. However, the Suburban Three Quarter Ton SUV is one of the heaviest, safest, sturdiest and most rugged SUV vehicles available on the market today. This is a true beast that can dare to drive places that the Nissan Juke, for instance, would not dare to travel. The price tag is higher starting at $43,830, but well worth the cost if off road driving and raw power is what you are looking for.
Interesting enough, the average MSRP for the top 10 most fuel efficient SUVs is $20,106, whilst the MSRP for the 10 worst fuel efficient SUVs is $74,482.