New 2019 SUVs


With recent skyrocketing pump prices, very few people can afford to overlook fuel efficiency when shopping for a new or used car. The amount of mileage a vehicle returns per gallon determines your overall operational costs. It may seem negligible to most, but one extra mile per gallon saves the driver a ton of money in the long run. Buying or driving a fuel-efficient SUV can have far-reaching impacts, such as contributing to cleaner air. Fuel efficient SUVs also have the added advantage of cutting down on the amount of smog-contributing pollution.

Pure electrics and plug-in hybrids further advance the environmental cause and reduce oil dependency, consequentially contributing to increased energy sustainability. Thankfully, constant innovations and technological advances have enabled automakers to invent and develop less-thirsty engines. Also, higher consumer expectations and pressure from various governments, environmentally-concerned bodies, and international organizations have forced vehicle manufacturers to do away with fuel-guzzling engines. As a result, drivers can now choose from an extensive list of SUVs that boast of sedan-like fuel economy. Below we spotlight ten of the most fuel-efficient SUVs with consideration to city, highway, and combined driving modes.

1. 2019 Honda HR-V

The 2019 Honda HR-V is based on the Honda Fit underpinnings but offers much more in terms of efficiency and practicality. It is also considerably cheaper than the CR-V but still provides an incredible ride quality. It comes standard with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, keyless entry and push-button, and tilting-and-sliding sunroof. The 2019 Honda HR-V is also space efficient and cargo-friendly with ample front and rear legroom and flat-folding rear seats. Handling is also responsive and precise thanks to a dynamic steering system.

The HR-V is adequately powerful thanks to a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 141 horsepower. Honda gives drivers the freedom to choose between a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission. The former transmission sends power to either the front wheels or all four corners while the latter is limited to an all-wheel drivetrain. EPA ratings place the HR-V’s consumption at the top of the threshold. The FWD example is estimated to return about 34 miles on the gallon on the highway and 29 mpg in combined driving. The all-wheel variation slightly drops the mileage by three miles.


2. 2019 Lexus NX

In the height of competition, the 2019 Lexus NX 300 always emerges on top because of its bold styling, comfortable around-town demeanor, and a long list of standard and optional tech, performance, and comfort features. It is also among the safest vehicles in its class because of a myriad of advanced safety features. Behind the base NX’s artfully-designed grille is a 235-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that combines with a six-speed automatic to return a decent 25 mpg. An available hybrid version is even more efficient with figures as low as 33mpg in combined city and highway driving.


3. 2019 GMC Terrain

GMC’s Terrain is perhaps the most macho compact crossover SUV on the market. For 2019, GMC chooses to smoothen a few boxes and corners for a more sleek look. But, big fenders, creased metal, and a sturdy grille ensure that it is still the bad boy in its class. The 2019 GMC Terrain comes in SL, SLE, SLT, and Denali trims and offers a choice of three engines. The base turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder powertrain makes 170 hp and 203 lb-ft of torque and delivers an estimated 26 city/30 hwy mpg. The 2.0L turbocharged gas engine gives back 22/28 mpg (city/hwy) while 137-hp 1.6L turbocharged engine ups the ante with 28 city/39 hwy mpg.


4. 2019 Tesla Model X

Its two years now since the introduction of the Tesla X but the world still marvels at its ingenuity. The 2019 Tesla Model X is a fully-electric SUV with enough power to put many dedicated sports cars to shame. Despite its distinctive shape, it manages to fit in three rows of seats with room for either six or seven. The Tesla Model X comes with an endless list of functions – some of which you did not even know you needed. You can use the Tesla App to summon the car outside your garage, and the AP2 autopilot system keeps the Model X smoothly centered on the highway. The 2019 Model X comes in two specifications: the X 100D and the higher-performance P100D. They both employ an upgraded 100 kilowatt-hour battery pack to cover 295 miles and 298 miles for the former and latter trims respectively. Amazingly, the P100D sprints from zero to 60 in a ridiculous 2.9 seconds. It is probably the most fuel efficient SUV on the list since it does not use any.


5. 2019 Kia Niro

The Kia Niro is a hybrid-only crossover-like SUV. It is sold in five options: the FE, the LX, the EX, the Touring Graphite Edition, and the Touring. Standard equipment on the FE includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto function, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, automatic headlights, 16-inch wheels, a 4.2-inch instrument cluster display, climate control, and Drive Mode functions, among others. Moving up the trim hierarchy earns you a longer list of features. All 2019 Kia Niro models blend a 104-hp 1.6-liter I-4 engine with a 43-hp electric motor to produce 139 horsepower. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmits solely to the front wheels. EPA rates the FE at 52/49 mpg city/highway and the next three trims at 51/46 mpg. The top-shelf Touring model returns 46/40 mpg.


6. 2019 Mazda CX-3

Mazda’s entry into the compact SUV segment does offer not only excellent fuel economy but also deliver ample power and agile and precise handling. Inside the cabin, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 avails heated front seats, a touch-sensitive 7-inch center display screen and a rotary knob for audio and phone controls. Adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring functions are among the available safety equipment. The 2019 Mazda CX-3 owes its willingness to a 146-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder It is available with a six-speed auto-transmission that sends power to the front wheels standard and optionally to all wheels. EPA estimates that the FWD CX-3 returns 29 mpg city, 34 mpg highway, and 31 combined. The AWD variant manages 27/32/29 mpg (city/highway/combined).


7. 2019 Chevrolet Equinox

The Chevrolet Equinox has been redesigned for the 2019 model year. It now features a new set of safety features and an expanded engine lineup that now includes a diesel alternative. The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox can seat up to five and comes with front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. Three engine options are available: a 1.5-liter unit with 170 hp, a 2.0-liter with 252 hp, and a 1.6-liter turbodiesel I-4 producing 136 hp. The 1.5-liter and 1.6-liter turbodiesel are mated with a six-speed automatic while the 2.0-liter engine links to a nine-speed gear. The diesel engine is estimated to return 40 miles on the gallon with the front-wheel drivetrain. The FWD variants of the 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter engines return 31 mpg and 28 mpg respectfully.


8. 2019 Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 is one of the highest ranked small SUVs on the planet. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 provides a quieter cabin, advanced safety features, a smoother ride, and a frugal hybrid version. It also offers a comparably secure and responsive handling and intuitive interior controls. Other extras include a sunroof, automatic climate control, comfortable faux-leather seats, and adjustable lumbar support. It also works in its favor that it offers one of the roomiest rear space. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder powerhouse links to a six-speed automatic gear to return 23 mpg city and 29 and highway. EPA estimates that the hybrid version delivers 31 mpg overall.


9. 2019 Nissan Rogue

The Rouge received an extensive mid-cycle refresh for the 2019 model year, and the result is terrific. Nissan gave it a motion-activated liftgate, a new D-shaped steering wheel, new front and rear fascias, a bold V-motion grille, redesigned front center console, and LED boomerang taillights. A new electrified version, dubbed Rogue Hybrid, was also introduced. A 170-hp, 175-lb-ft of torque 2.5-liter four-cylinder powertrain drives the 2019 Nissan Rogue. It pairs with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to deliver an EPA-rated 26/33 mpg city/highway for the FWD example and 25/32 mpg for the AWD. A 141-hp 2.0-liter I-4 complements a 40-hp (30 kW) motor to deliver 33/35 mpg and 31/34 mpg for the FWD and AWD variants respectively.


10. 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

Mercedes Benz intends to revolutionize the world of small SUVs and crossovers with the GLE-Class. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is an elegant SUV, inside and out. With a comprehensive list of the most advanced tech and safety features, the GLE-Class is everything you would expect from a car carrying Daimler’s three-star emblem. The new GLE-Class offers five trim options. First is the base RWD GLE350 with a 3.5-liter V-6 returning 18/23 mpg city/highway followed by the GLE550e 4Matic plug-in delivering 20/23 mpg and 43 mpge combined. Third on the list is the AMG GLE43 sporting a twin-turbo V-6 rated at 17/23 mpg city/highway and it is only topped by the AMG GLE63 and top-of-the-range GLE63 S models, both of which pack a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 good for 14/18 mpg in city and highway driving.