Sales of SUVs and crossovers are booming, but a big caveat with SUVs is how they’re known to devour fuel. There’s hope, though: There are several SUVs and crossovers that meet the cargo- and passenger-carrying needs of shoppers without drinking their wallets dry. Gas may be less than $3 a gallon today, but it probably won’t always be.
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To make this list, an SUV had to achieve a 25 combined mpg rating from the EPA and have at least 60 cubic feet of cargo space. The new crop of subcompact SUVs (Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax, etc.) hit the fuel mark, but not storage. On the flip side, full-size SUV contenders weren’t fuel efficient enough to make the cut.
In the end, we found eight SUVs that offer that intriguing mix of cargo room and fuel economy. As you might expect, this list skews heavily toward alternative fuels and diesel models. We created a formula that gave double weight to mpg to lower our gas-guzzling guilt. The scores represent how these cars fare against each other in cargo room and combined mpg.