The best crossovers are those that combine rugged off-road looks, top family car practicality and economy gas consumption.
They allow the buyers to enjoy the tough image of an SUV without cost implications. They are based on small family cars but have slightly bigger dimensions to provide more interior space. Their boots are easier to load luggage into and they are easier to get into and out of.
They also offer greater utility without compromising on the efficiency larger vehicles. Gas mileage has been improving over the years with compact crossovers now using less fuel that regular cars used to consume just a few years ago.
Gas consumption is a very important factor in choosing a car; here we present to you some compact crossovers with great gas mileage:
Mercedes-Benz GLK250 Bleutec 4matic
This car has combined consumption of 28 mpg (33 mpg highway, 24 mpg city). It has a 200-horse, 369 pounds-feet diesel engine giving it a good performance. This German entrant starts at $38,980 and it is a car easy to cruise around in. During a test done in 2013, the car managed about 35 mpg.
BMW X3 xDrive28d
BMW X3 xDrive28d has combined consumption of 30 mpg (34 mpg highway and 27 mpg city). The 34 mpg highway is not bad for a car of its size. It has a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine that gives it an outstanding performance on the road.
Its other features include all-wheel drive, eight-speed automatic transmission and 180 horsepower.
This one gulps an average of 32 mpg highway and 29 mpg city (29 mpg combined). It is more compact than the rest and therefore returns a good gas mileage. Its striking styling compensates for it small size. It has a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine giving it a very strong performance.
Mazda CX-5 2WD manual
Mazda CX-5 2WD has combined rating of 29 mpg (35 mpg highway and 26 mpg city). It has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and is one of the most economical crossovers on the market. It is able to achieve 35 mpg because it is manual and is a 2 wheel-drive. If you opt for an all-wheel-drive this will drop to 29 mpg.
Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
This one has combined consumption of 31 mpg (33 mpg highway and 29 mpg city). It is a very fuel-efficient crossover. It is powered by a flat-four gasoline engine and a small 10 Kw electric motor.
Here you will get 28 mpg combined (33 mpg highway and 25 mpg city). It boasts a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine which is quite good for a crossover. It is very efficient offering automatic transmission, and its interior volume is greater than the average crossover.
Subaru XV Crosstek AWD
This is one of the most efficient crossovers on the market. It does an average of 33 mpg highway and 25 mpg city (28 mpg combined). It has a four-cylinder engine.
Nissan Rogue does 28 mpg combined (33 mpg highway and 26 mpg city). It is competitively price starting at $22,790 making it quite respectable in economy ratings. It has a 2.5-liter gasoline engine; it is comfortable and spacious with an option of seven seats.
Other crossovers of interest include Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Subaru Forester AWD.