Here Are the Most Fuel-Efficient Crossovers Available

Thanks in part to the ransomware hack of the Colonial Pipeline, gas prices are creeping up, there have been lines at some pumps, and some industry watchers are saying it could extend in to June. Meanwhile, crossovers are as popular as ever! What better time for a gallery of the EPA’s most fuel efficient crossovers that aren’t EVs or plug in hybrids? Here you go:

Fuel economy: 44/37 mpg city/highway
Base price: $26, 130

The Escape’s 181-hp, 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder pumps up the mpgs, and we’ve found it sufficient for buzzing around. If that’s not enough there’s a turbo-four making 250 hp.

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Fuel economy: 41/38 mpg city/highway
Base price: $28,650

Excellent mileage has been a RAV4 staple for quite some time. The powertrain is a 2.5-liter four and two electric motors, combining for 219 hp. All-wheel drive is standard since one of the electric motors powers the rear wheels and the second motor joins the four-cylinder in powering the fronts.

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Fuel economy: 40/37 mpg city/highway
Base price: $33,745

The Venza is redone for 2021. The handsome crossover is based on the Harrier Toyota sells abroad, and is only available with a hybrid powertrain. The four-cylinder engine and two electric motors combine for 219 hp.

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Fuel economy: 40/35 mpg city/highway
Base price: $31,735

A four-cylinder paired with two electric motors powers the CR-V Hybrid. Total output is 212 hp. All-wheel drive is standard, especially helpful for folks north of the Mason-Dixon line.

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Fuel economy: 36/35 mpg city/highway
Base price: $39,910

A four-cylinder engine and two electric motors combine for 243 hp, just 52 hp less than the three-row Highlander’s V6.

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Fuel economy: 31/36 mpg city/highway
Base price: $20,650

The good-looking Kicks’ 122-hp four makes it great for zipping around town, but it’s a bit lacking at higher speeds. Styling changes for 2021 include a bigger grille, new head- and taillamps, and redesigned bumpers.

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Fuel economy: 26/31 mpg city/highway
Base price: $22,595

Here’s a cute little crossover for tooling around town that, like the Kicks, is definitely priced right.

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Fuel economy: 29/34 mpg city/highway
Base price: $23,165

The Seltos is a new entry for 2021. There are two four-cylinder engines available: a 2.0-liter that makes 146 hp or a 1.6-liter, 175-hp turbo-four. The turbo is our first choice but the EPA numbers are for the 2.0-liter. Choices…

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Fuel economy: 29/34 mpg city/highway
Base price: $21,965

One of our favorites, the Mazda CX-3 is a crossover enthusiasts can love, but still returns excellent mileage.

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Fuel economy: 29/33 mpg city/highway
Base price: $20,195

The Trailblazer used to be a midsize crossover, but the Traverse replaced it. Now the nameplate is back on a good-looking little crossover. Two different turbocharged three-cylinder engines, a 1.2-liter and a 1.3-liter, are offered. The 1.2-liter produces 137 hp, and the latter generates 155.

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Fuel economy: 28/34 mpg city/highway
Base price: $22,395

The HR-V is inexpensive and efficient, and it’s about to be replaced with a new-from-the-ground-up model before the year is out.

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Fuel economy: 28/33 mpg city/highway
Base price: $23,295

All-wheel drive is standard on the Crosstrek, making it an excellent, efficient, winter beater. The Crosstrek’s new 2.5-liter flat-four is from the Legacy sedan and Outback wagon.

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Fuel economy: 28/32 mpg city/highway
Base price: $21,685

The Kona is actually fun to drive as small crossovers go. Two powertrains are available, a 147-hp four-cylinder with a six-speed automatic transmission and a 175-hp turbo four with a seven-speed dual-clutch.

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Fuel economy: 27/35 mpg city/highway
Base price: $26,900

Redone for 2021, the Rogue looks and drives much better than the outgoing model.

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Fuel economy: 26/31 mpg city/highway
Base price: $24,995

The 1.5-liter turbo-four could use some oomph, but the mileage is impressive. A facelift is coming for the 2022 model year.

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Fuel economy: 26/30 mpg city/highway
Base price: $24,395

Like a few others in this gallery, the Encore’s turbo-four could use a bit more power, but it’s not a bad tradeoff for that mileage.

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Fuel economy: 27/31 mpg city/highway
Base price: $22,770

With the C-HR you get funky styling and plenty of standard equipment.

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Fuel economy: 27/29 mpg city/highway
Base price: $21,240

A 123-hp turbocharged three-cylinder is standard on the EcoSport, with a 166-hp four optional. Neither are quick but are fine for around town.

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Fuel economy: 26/33 mpg city/highway
Base price: $27,845

The family-friendly Subaru Outback can actually do some light off-roading if you are so inclined.

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Fuel economy: 26/33 mpg city/highway
Base price: $25,845

One of the larger crossovers in this gallery, the Forester is a comfortable, all-weather cruiser.

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