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Top 10 Most Efficient 2011 Crossover SUVs

By Zach Gale | August 18, 2011
"Fuel-sipping SUV" is not an oxymoron; just take a look at the 10 environmentally friendly crossover SUVs we've collected below. While no SUV—so far—can match the 50-mpg combined fuel economy rating of the Toyota Prius, efficiency can still be had in a crossover. Paragraphimage 10. Mini Countryman S all-wheel drive, six-speed manual—25/31/28 city/highway/combined

Even with all-wheel drive and a turbocharged engine, the Mini Countryman offers up 31 mpg on the highway when equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. Paragraphimage 9. Mini Countryman S front-wheel drive six-speed automatic—25/32/28 city/highway/combined

Some might question whether the Countryman is a real crossover or just a tall five-door hatchback, but it's difficult to argue with the combination of its utility and 25/32 mpg city/highway. Paragraphimage 8. Mini Countryman S front-wheel drive six-speed manual—26/32/29 city/highway/combined

When the Mini Countryman's basic 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine doesn't have enough power, Mini has the turbocharged version with 29 mpg combined in front-wheel-drive, six-speed manual transmission form. Paragraphimage 7. Nissan Juke front-wheel drive—27/32/29 city/highway/combined

Nissan's Juke is like nothing else you can find in the U.S. There's not much utility in this crossover, though the Juke's turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine can make for some exciting commuting. Paragraphimage 6. Toyota Highlander Hybrid all-wheel drive—28/28/28 city/highway/combined

Mechanically related to the Lexus RX 450h V-6 hybrid, the Highlander's price sits above a four- and six-cylinder gas powered Toyota SUV variants. Paragraphimage 5. Mini Countryman front-wheel drive six-speed manual—28/35/31 city/highway/combined

Mini's new small crossover called the Countryman has the same fun-to-drive dynamics we've come to know from the British brand, yet in a larger package and an available six-speed manual transmission. Paragraphimage 4. Ford Escape Hybrid all-wheel drive—30/27/29 city/highway/combined

With its four-cylinder hybrid powertrain, the Escape Hybrid all-wheel drive is rated for 30 mpg in the city. Paragraphimage 3. Lexus RX 450h all-wheel drive—30/28/29 city/highway/combined

The Lexus RX 450h all-wheel drive, simply put, is the most efficient all-wheel-drive SUV available as a 2011 model. Paragraphimage 2. Lexus RX 450h front-wheel drive—32/28/30 city/highway/combined

Lexus sells more RX luxury crossovers than any other vehicle in its fleet. At the top of the RX lineup is the hybrid model that gets 32/28 mpg city/highway in front-wheel-drive form. Paragraphimage 1. Ford Escape Hybrid front-wheel drive—34/31/32 city/highway/combined

Even as the Ford Escape SUV nears the end of its life before being replaced, the hybrid variant remains the most efficient SUV you can buy. The compact crossover achieves over more than 30 mpg combined. When searching for a crossover, do you consider efficiency?

  • 2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid In Motion
  • 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid Rear View
  • 2011 Ford Escape Hybrids In Motion
  • 2011 Lexus Rx 450H Front View
  • 2011 Lexus Rx 450H Rear Side View
  • 2011 Mini Countryman Front Side View
  • 2011 Mini Countryman Front View
  • 2011 Mini Countryman S Front Side View
  • 2011 Mini Countryman S Side View
  • 2011 Nissan Juke Front View

Though all the information are great, but its very difficult to opt which one is best among all the above.


Which one is better to opt between crossover SUV's and normal standard SUV's? I know crossovers are neither SUV's nor sedans, they just provides a combined blend of both body styles. But, I want to know which one is better?

John Paul
John Paul

Thanks for this great Info,I am really searching about this one glad I found it.


What a terrible list - of the 10, 4 are mini countryman, 2 are Lexus RS (and a highlander, which is pretty much an RX), and 2 are Ford Escape. I'm pretty sure you could have consolidated 2WD and AWD models and added more cars to make a more comprehensive list instead of one that looks like it was put together by someone too lazy to do more than 3 minutes of "research".