Looking for a used SUV that does it all? These fuel-efficient SUVs from 2015 came in under $30,000 but still have enough technology and features to suit many buyers. Plus, the Lexus, BMW, and Subaru sport utility vehicles have high safety scores.
As far as fuel-efficient SUVs from 2015 go, the Lexus NX 300h Hybrid does it all
Some say 2015 was an excellent year for the fuel-efficient SUV segment. Edmunds says the 2015 Lexus NX 300h Hybrid happens to be the best of the bunch. The NX 300h gets 35 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which works out to 33 combined.
Some standard safety features on the 2015 NX include antilock brakes, traction and stability control, and front-side and full-length side curtain airbags. Lexus also included a rearview camera for added safety and convenience. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Lexus NX 300h Hybrid high scores on all of its crash testing. These high scores were enough to snag a Top Safety Pick award.
Fuel Economy: 35 City / 31 Hwy / 33 Combined
List Price Range: $26,202 – $30,990
The Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid is a fuel-efficient SUV under $30,000
You might have difficulty finding the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid just because it is popular but not a high-volume vehicle. It has all-wheel drive standard, off-roading capabilities, and 31 mpg in combined fuel economy. If you can find one with Subaru’s EyeSight safety package, this adds adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, and a forward collision mitigation system.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration gave the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid a five-star safety rating. On important tests like the frontal, side, and rollover tests, the XV received high scores. While the XV Crosstrek didn’t stick around for long, it is a good fuel-efficient SUV from 2015.
Fuel Economy: 30 City / 34 Hwy / 31 Combined
List Price Range: $21,998
Check out the well-equipped BMW X3 Diesel
The 2015 BMW X3 Diesel (or the xDrive28d) remains one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs from that time. Inside, the cabin of the X3 diesel uses high-quality materials and has comfortable seats. The X3 has been around for a long time and fills the role of a reliable luxury SUV. Not to mention the 30 mpg combined fuel economy.
BMW included antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, and extra airbags in the front and sides. Try to find one with all-wheel drive for hill descent control, which is helpful for those in colder climates. Both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration gave the 2015 X3 high safety scores. BMW’s X3 snagged a five-star safety rating and high scores of “good” on these critical safety tests.
Fuel Economy: 27 City / 34 Hwy / 30 Combined
List Price Range: $18,500 – $27,990
These three good options combine a reasonable price and good fuel economy. For those who want a luxury SUV but don’t want to pay those prices, a 2015 sport utility vehicle is a good compromise.