Refineries have already started preparing to make the switch from winter blend to summer blend gasoline for cleaner burning fuel during the heavy demand summer months. Traditionally the refineries shut down for maintenance during the changeover and the price of gas begins to climb as we head into peak driving season. This is a great time to shop for a new, more fuel efficient vehicle and MSN Autos has compiled a list of the top 20 all-wheel-drive SUVs for fuel efficiency.
Here are the top 7 Fuel-efficient AWD SUVs:
2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid – This small crossover offers maximum interior space with a compact footprint. The XV Crosstrek is powered by a 2.0L boxer engine and CVT packaged with a 13.4-horse electric motor and a NiMh battery in the floor for 160 horsepower. The Crosstrek gets a very impressive 29 mpg city and 33 mpg highway for a combined estimate of 31 mpg.
2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek – The gas-powered version of the XV Crosstrek lands just below the hybrid, and is nearly as efficient with 25 mpg in the city, 33 mpg highway, and a combined rating of 28 mpg. The non-hybrid’s engine puts out 148 hp. The Crosstrek is available in two trim levels with either 5-speed manual or continuously variable transmission.
2014 Nissan Rogue – Nissan’s second best-selling vehicle, the Rogue, offers 25 mpg city and 32 highway, with a combined rating of 28 mpg., which is impressive for a vehicle with 3rd seating available. Powered by a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine making 170 horsepower, the Rogue handles more like a car than a truck and was redesigned for 2014 to update exterior styling, and improve the interior.
2014 Mazda CX-5 Sport – The CX-5 sport is powered by Mazda's SKYACTIV-G 2.0L 4-cylinder with 155 hp and a sport tuned suspension for great handling and performance. Three well-equipped trim levels are available with a lot of features and room for five adults. The CX-5 delivers 25 mpg in the city and 31 highway for a combined rating of 28 mpg.
2014 Subaru Forester – The Forester was redesigned for 2014 with an all new exterior and interior. All-wheel-drive is standard on both trims and the 2.5L 4-cylinder engine produces 170 hp. An optional, turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder ramps it up to 250 hp. The base model offers 25 mpg city, 32 mpg highway, and a combined 27 mpg.
For the rest of the top 20 fuel efficient all-wheel-drive SUVs and reviews of vehicles including models from Infiniti, Mitsubishi, Jeep, and more, check out the full article on MSN Autos here. To find the best deal on a new car use CarClearance.com to compare new car prices from local dealers.