5 Fuel-Efficient Compact SUVs According to Consumer Reports

Looking for a reliable used car can be a daunting task because there are so many options. Consumer Reports compiled a list of some of the more fuel-efficient used SUVs available for a reasonable price. On this list, you’ll see the 2016 models of the Toyota RAV4, Lexus NX, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester, and Honda CR-V.

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 is a fuel-efficient compact SUVs

The Toyota RAV4 is a fuel efficient SUV
The 2016 Toyota RAV4 is on display at the Annual Chicago Auto Show was one of the most fuel-efficient used SUVs | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

Toyota’s 2016 RAV4 compact SUV gets an owner reported 25 miles per gallon. At the price of $16,500 up to $21,200, the RAV4 is a reliable used SUV. With a quiet cabin and a hybrid version available, this SUV will fit into most budgets.

Consumer Reports notes that the 2016 RAV4 received a five out of five for reliability. As far as owner satisfaction, it ranked at a three out of five for owner satisfaction.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the RAV4 “good” overall for all three crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave both the driver and passenger frontal crash ratings four stars.

A luxury fuel-efficient SUV 2016 Lexus NX

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A luxury option at a good price, the 2016 Lexus NX has an owner reported 24 miles per gallon. It is priced a bit higher at $23,000 to $26,025; the NX is still a solid choice. It also received a five out of five in reliability.

Lexus offers a hybrid version of the NX that gets 29 miles per gallon. Consumer Reports noted this Lexus handles better than other similar cars.

The NX received the same scores of “good” and four stars from the IIHS and NHTSA. It has an anti-lock braking system and electronic stability control standard. The NX has a smooth ride and luxury features that make the NX suitable for most drivers looking for a used fuel-efficient compact SUV.

Off-roading? The 2016 Subaru Forester is a favorite

The 2016 Subaru Forester is one of the less expensive options so far. Priced between $13,825 and $18,150, the Forester should fit many budgets. It gets an owner reports 26 miles per gallon and has excellent visibility. For a fuel-efficient SUV that can go off-roading when needed, the Forester is a fun choice.

With continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), the Forester gets better mileage. It was reported to get 35 miles per gallon on the highway. The 2.5L four-cylinder gets 170 hp, while the turbocharged version clocked in at 250 hp.

The Subaru has many standard safety features and an all-wheel drive base system.

Looking for a Mazda? The 2016 CX-5 works

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The 2016 Mazda CX-5 has a 2.5L four-cylinder engine that got a reported 26 miles per gallon. Consumer Reports noted that the CX-5 was a bit loud on the road but the cabin was roomy enough. Consumer Reports noted the reliability was rated at four out of five stars.

It does have some open recalls, including one related to the daytime running lights. This should be fixed easily by the dealership. The IIHS gave the CX-5 scores of “good” for the crash tests. IIHS gave the frontal-crash rating on the passenger side three stars, but the driver side received five.

Honda’s 2016 CR-V is a solid choice

The 2016 Honda CR-V received five out of five for reliability and three out of five for owner satisfaction. IIHS gave all three categories a score of “good.” Both the driver and passenger frontal-crash ratings from the NHTSA scored five out of five.

Honda’s CR-V is a longtime driver favorite and has many standard safety features. It is compact enough but still has plenty of cargo space. With 185 hp from the 2.4L four-cylinder, it picks up when it needs to.

As far as fuel economy, the CR-V came in at 24 miles per gallon combines with 31 miles per gallon on the highway. The CR-V received a refresh in 2015 so the 2016 model is pretty up-to-date. Consumer Reports calls the CR-V affordable and functional, and we agree.