SUVs remain one of the most popular car models in America. At the same time, consumers are looking towards companies who can provide them the benefits of a larger vehicle without the gas-guzzling downside of yesteryear’s models. If you’re in the market for a new car, these are the top five most fuel-efficient SUVs in the US for 2020.
5. Nissan Kicks
A subcompact crossover, the 2020 Nissan Kicks offers unique design elements and a sleek body. This SUV is packed with standard features ranging from spacious cargo to an excellent sound system. There are also plenty of driver assistance features, including:
- Pedestrian detection
- Front and rear automatic braking
- Lane departure warning
- Blind spot warning
- Rear cross traffic alert
- And high beam assist
All of these come standard on the 2020 model, making it highly appealing. Even better, its fuel economy stands at 31/16 miles-per-gallon city/highway. While the 122-horsepower engine is no beast, it certainly earns its place amongst the most fuel-efficient cars.
4. Toyota Highlander Hybrid
The Highlander Hybrid falls into the midsize three-row category, clocking in at 36/35 mpg city/highway. Redesigned for 2020, there’s a lot of tech to get excited about. Android, Apple, and Alexa capabilities are just the start.
Toyota’s hybrid also includes a host of accident avoidance systems now made standard for the line. While consumers are excited about these features, many wonder how they might impact liability in an accident. These are excellent questions to ask a personal injury lawyer or car accident attorney.
3. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
Toyota’s RAV4 received the 2020 Best Hybrid or Electric SUV for the Money award with 41/38 mpg city/highway and a starting price of $28,350. While it lacks the safety tech of the Highlander, it still retains Android Auto functionality and a spacious interior. With dual-electric motors, you’ll also get 219 horsepower.
2. Ford Escape
Ford’s hybrid Escape comes in just slightly cheaper than the RAV4 and with one more mile-per-gallon in the city. However, you also lose a mile on the highway. Add in a quality infotainment system and plenty of driver assistance features, and that one less mile doesn’t make much a difference.
The Escape also comes with an exceptional warranty from Ford. Unlike some other companies, you’re not going to run into a warranty breach with this brand. The final feature worth mentioning is Curve Control, which is a way to adapt the car’s speed as it approaches tight curves for a safer driving experience.
1. Lexus UX
The hybrid version of the UX offers an outstanding 43/41 mpg city/highway for a reasonable starting price of just under $34,500. It features the Safety System+ 2.0 from Lexus, which comes packed with the latest in automated and high-tech safety features.
Dual electric motors offer 181 horsepower while Lexus tuning offers the luxuriously smooth ride that the brand’s consumers have come to expect. The infotainment system is loaded, connectivity is abundant, and the cabin is surprisingly spacious fort the car’s size.