Sometimes, a small car just won’t cut it. You need something larger that can haul a lot of stuff. For years, a lot of people have been put off by SUVs because of their high price tags and low gas mileage. Fortunately, times have changed. SUVs are more affordable and can go farther than ever. Here are the five most fuel-efficient full-size SUVs for 2014.
Buick Encore Crossover
Starting at about $25,000, the Crossover can achieve an impressive 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The Encore is a beast of an SUV. It has a turbo charged 1.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine and it can top out at 116 mph. The encore makes use of the Buick IntelliLink system, so you’ll be able to make cars or listen to music on your seven speaker Bose system as you travel to your next destination.
The Nissan Juke may be the most affordable SUV out there. The base model starts out at just a hair less than $20,000. The Juke features a turbocharged engine, and thanks to its unique design, it’s very easy to handle and is extremely responsive. The SV model gets 25 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. You can easily cram a whole family in and still have room to spare.
It has a 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline turbo four-cylinder engine, so you’ll enjoy a better performance when compared to other SUVs. You’ll travel in comfort thanks to the premium cloth trim on the seats. If the weather gets a little nasty, you’ll feel safe behind the wheel of the Juke thanks to its stabilization system.
The Subaru Forester gets 24 mpg in the city, but once you hit the highway, you’re going to get about 32 mpg. At a base price of $22,000 for an automatic model, it’s extremely affordable. It’s outfitted with a convenient back-up camera, so you won’t have to worry about accidentally smashing into another car. You can outfit your new Forester with either cloth, leather, vinyl, or heated seats, and you’ll feel safe with the numerous air bags. If you’re looking for a base level SUV, look no further than the Subaru Forester.
The new Volkswagen Tiguan SUV gets 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg in the highway. Though it’s not the best on this list, it makes up for it by being an affordable and reliable vehicle. Depending on the options you choose, it’ll run you about $23,000. The engine is turbocharged, so the Tiguan offers more power over similarly priced SUVs.
It’s also quite roomy; you’ll easily be able to seat five people. If you add all-wheel drive to this model, you can expect to get 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Take it for a test drive. If it’s not your style, then check out other SUVs available at Paramount Motors.
Lexus RX Hybrid
This luxury midsize SUV is in its own class because it’s a hybrid. The Lexus RX 450h gets an impressive 32 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway (front-wheel drive), and 30 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway (all-wheel drive). It’s powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine. It has support for smartphone apps, so if you have the latest iPhone update, you’ll be able to use a whole host of options. This is truly the best option on the list thanks to it being a hybrid, but it’s not for everyone — the price starts at $40,000.
There are quite a few fuel-efficient SUVs on the market. No matter how deep your pockets stretch, you’ll have no problem finding one that fits your budget and needs. So, which one will you go with? Do you already have one?
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