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2016 Subcompact SUV Driving Range

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CARS.COM — Small SUVs are becoming more popular, and manufacturers are adding subcompact crossovers to meet the growing demand. The attractions are clear: They have better fuel economy than their bigger brothers and sisters, and they provide more utility than a typical small car. Moreover, they offer four- or all-wheel-drive traction, either as an option or as a standard feature.

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All subcompact SUVs come with three- or four-cylinder engines that provide better fuel economy than most larger utility vehicles even come close to matching. That doesn’t mean, however, that they can cruise endlessly between fill-ups. Small vehicles don’t have the room for the 25- or 30-gallon fuel tanks found on large SUVs.

That effectively limits the driving range — how far a vehicle can go between fuel stops — of some subcompact SUVs compared to larger ones. Having to make frequent stops for fuel on long trips adds time, and gas stations aren’t always conveniently located near a highway.

The driving range of any vehicle depends on the engine, transmission, number of drive wheels and your own driving style. Several small SUVs come with only one engine and transmission, and some only with standard 4WD, limiting the options for increasing the range.

The EPA fuel economy estimates are typically higher with two-wheel drive than 4WD, but on some small SUVs the combined city/highway ratings are the same. On some vehicles where four- or all-wheel drive is optional, the 4WD/AWD models have smaller fuel tanks (to make room for the hardware to drive the rear wheels), reducing the range even more.

The information here lists the estimated driving range for model-year 2016 subcompact SUVs based on the EPA combined city/highway rating for the powertrain configuration (engine, transmission and number of drive wheels) that produces the most miles between fuel stops.

EPA combined ratings are based on 55 percent city driving and 45 percent highway driving, so extended periods of highway driving should increase the range. Conversely, driving mostly in a congested urban area, carrying heavy cargo or frequent hard acceleration could reduce the range. Bear in mind that these are estimates, and your mileage will vary based on how you drive.

Driving Ranges for 2016 Subcompact SUVs

Audi Q3
Configuration: Turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, eight-speed automatic transmission, 2WD or 4WD
EPA combined rating: 23 mpg
Fuel capacity: 16.9 gallons
Driving range: 389 miles
(EPA ratings are identical for 2WD or 4WD: 20/28/23 mpg city/highway/combined.)

BMW X1
Configuration:
Turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, eight-speed automatic transmission, 4WD
EPA combined rating: 25 mpg
Fuel capacity: 16.1 gallons
Driving range: 403 miles

Buick Encore
Configuration: Turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder, six-speed automatic transmission, 2WD
EPA combined rating: 30 mpg
Fuel capacity: 14.0 gallons
Driving range: 420 miles

Chevrolet Trax
Configuration:
Turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder, six-speed automatic transmission, 2WD
EPA combined rating: 29 mpg
Fuel capacity: 14.0 gallons
Driving range: 406 miles

Fiat 500X
Configuration: Turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder, six-speed manual transmission, 2WD
EPA combined rating: 28 mpg
Fuel capacity: 12.7 gallons
Driving range: 356 miles

Honda HR-V
Configuration:
1.8-liter four-cylinder, continuously variable automatic transmission, 2WD
EPA combined rating: 31 mpg
Fuel capacity: 13.2 gallons
Driving range: 409 miles

Jeep Renegade
Configuration: Turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder, six-speed manual transmission, 4WD
EPA combined rating: 27 mpg
Fuel capacity: 12.7 gallons
Driving range: 343 miles

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Configuration:
Turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, nine-speed automatic transmission, 4WD
EPA combined rating: 24 mpg
Fuel capacity: 18.5 gallons
Driving range: 444 miles

Mazda CX-3
Configuration:
2.0-liter four-cylinder, six-speed automatic transmission, 2WD
EPA combined rating: 31 mpg
Fuel capacity: 12.7 gallons
Driving range: 394 miles

Mercedes-AMG GLA45
Configuration:
Turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, seven-speed automatic transmission, 4WD
EPA combined rating: 25 mpg
Fuel capacity: 14.8 gallons
Driving range: 370 miles

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
Configuration:
Turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, seven-speed automatic transmission, 2WD
EPA combined rating: 28 mpg
Fuel capacity: 14.8 gallons
Driving range: 414 miles

Mini Countryman
Configuration:
1.6-liter four-cylinder, six-speed manual transmission, 2WD
EPA combined rating: 29 mpg
Fuel capacity: 12.4 gallons
Driving range: 360 miles

Mini Paceman
Configuration:
1.6-liter four-cylinder, six-speed manual transmission, 2WD
EPA combined rating: 29 mpg
Fuel capacity: 12.4 gallons
Driving range: 360 miles

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Configuration: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, continuously variable automatic transmission, 2WD
EPA combined rating: 27 mpg
Fuel capacity: 16.6 gallons
Driving range: 448 miles

Nissan Juke
Configuration:
Turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder, six-speed manual transmission, 2WD
EPA combined rating: 30 mpg
Fuel capacity: 13.2 gallons
Driving range: 396 miles

Subaru Crosstrek
Configuration:
2.0-liter four-cylinder, continuously variable automatic transmission, 4WD
EPA combined rating: 29 mpg
Fuel capacity: 15.9 gallons
Driving range: 461 miles

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
Configuration:
2.0-liter four-cylinder, continuously variable automatic transmission, 4WD
EPA combined rating: 31 mpg
Fuel capacity: 13.7 gallons
Driving range: 425 miles

Cars.com Data Integrity Analyst Bryan McTague contributed to this story.

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