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5 Fuel-Efficient Crossover SUVs to Consider in 2011

by Jeff Wysaski
December 30, 2010

Crossovers are designed to drive like a car while offering the larger interior proportions of an SUV. For those concerned about fuel efficiency, this combination typically means enhanced cargo room with minimal loss in gas mileage. If you don't mind an SUV that is ill-suited for off-roading and towing, then a compact crossover may be the way to go. Keep reading to review five gas-sipping crossovers for the 2011 model year.

With an estimated 22-mpg in the city and 32-mpg on the highway, the Chevy Equinox is one of the most fuel-efficient crossover vehicles for the year. While these figures come from a fairly average four-cylinder engine, the majority of car shoppers should be pleased with the vehicle's performance. If desired, all-wheel drive can be added in exchange for a slight loss in fuel figures.

The 2011 Chevy Equinox is priced competitively at $22,745. Additional strengths include a well-appointed interior and roomy rear cargo area.

Learn more about the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox.

Priced at $18,745, the Hyundai Tucson offers a good value for SUV shoppers looking to save at the pump. The base four-cylinder engine promises an estimated 23-mpg in the city and 31-mpg on the highway. For those interested in additional power, all-wheel drive and a V-6 engine are available. Despite the low price, the Tucson offers a number of solid standard and optional features. Decent handling also helps distance the vehicle from other fuel-thrifty crossover SUVs.

Learn more about the 2011 Hyundai Tucson.

Shoppers interested in the Hyundai Tucson may also want to take a look at the value-oriented Kia Sportage. With an estimated 22-mpg in the city and 31-mpg on the highway, the Kia crossover comes close in the category of fuel efficiency. However, a lower base price of $18,295 may help sweeten the deal for those comparing the two vehicles. The Sportage boasts a new, sportier design for 2011 - a fact that may make it more attractive to those who want a more stylish compact SUV. Other categories in which the 2011 Sportage tends to earn good reviews include the standard interior features and safety.

Learn more about the 2011 Kia Sportage.

The Toyota RAV4 remains a top-selling model within the crossover vehicle class. Fuel figures of 22-mpg in the city and 28-mpg on the highway place the vehicle in the top half of the class when it comes to efficiency. An option to add third-row seating also makes the vehicle unique when compared to competitors. As such, if you're looking to squeeze in more than five passengers, then the RAV4 is one of the most fuel-efficient options for the year. Reviewers also like the RAV4 for its well-proportioned interior and bevy of available family-friendly features.

Learn more about the 2011 Toyota RAV4.

The Honda CR-V is frequently compared to the similarly styled and equipped Toyota RAV4. At 21-mpg in the city and 28-mpg on the highway, both of these models also offer similar fuel ratings. Base price for the CR-V comes in at $21,695. Though Hyundai and Kia crossovers undercut this price, the Honda CR-V may win car shoppers over with its solid track for reliability and all-around comfortable interior. As such, those looking for a practical crossover typically find much to like about the Honda crossover.

Learn more about the 2011 Honda CR-V.


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