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The Most Gas Efficient SUVs of 2013

We’re all worried about it; gasoline prices continue to stay at a steady high, and it’s difficult to think about purchasing or leasing a new vehicle that isn’t quite fuel-efficient enough to satisfy us. So, what’s a troubled driver to do when he/she desires the flexibility, power, and comfort of a new SUV with fuel economy ratings that won’t keep him/her at the gasoline pump? Don’t worry, reader. Here are some of the new SUV models that seamlessly combine all of these attributes:

One of the most impressive fuel-efficient SUV models this year is the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport with EcoBoost. The powerful 3.6-liter EcoBoost V6 engine allows this full-size SUV to achieve 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway. The Explorer has been popular with full-size SUV fans for some time now, but this represents the most efficient model to-date.

The all-new 2013 Mazda CX-5 crossover is also quite inspiring in terms of fuel economy. Fox News states, “The smartly packaged, functional and new-for-2013 Mazda CX-5 earned a combined city/highway fuel economy rating of 29 miles per gallon from the federal government. This puts the CX-5 ahead of competitors such as the well-known Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. It also means the CX-5 ties the 2013 Nissan Juke, which is a smaller-sized SUV, as best fuel-sipper among non-hybrid SUVs.”

Another rather comfortable and versatile new full-size SUV that’s also efficient on gas is the 2013 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, which easily combines luxury and fuel economy, achieving an hefty 20 mpg city/ 23 mpg highway despite its large size thanks to its 6.0-liter V8 engine that produces 332 horsepower. It can also carry up to eight passengers.

In other crossover news, the 2013 Mitsubishi Sport is a fuel-efficient beast this year thanks to its extremely light frame and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which is rated at 25 mpg city/ 31 mpg highway/ 27 mpg combined. Drivers can also thank the brand’s efficient CVT, which is paired with two-wheel drive.

Finally, it’s worth noting that the updated 2013 Honda CR-V offers an astounding combination of power and fuel economy. With its 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that create 185-horsepower, it’s nothing less than impressive. It achieves its 23 mpg city/ 31 mpg highway rating thanks to its Honda i-VTEC engine technology. Even when it”s equipped with the optional all-wheel drive, the new CR-V manages to achieve 25 mpg combined.

Of course, this list is by no means exhaustive. There are many more fuel-efficient full-size SUVs and crossover SUVs from which to choose. For the latest SUV news and reviews, be sure to check out

About the Author:

Katie Moss is a freelance columnist and review team member for brings in-depth analysis and insight into the auto industry working as copywriter for an online web development company for auto dealers, as well as actively writing for a number of premiere websites in the auto industry.

Katie is interested in several aspects of the auto industry from innovative concept cars to automakers’ community involvement and initiatives. She specializes in following the”pulse” of the auto industry through her informative, engaging articles, as seen on

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