5 SUVs to Avoid to Save Money on Gas

There are some SUVs you need to avoid to save money on gas. They’re usually the bigger, bulkier vehicles but that isn’t always the case. With more and more hybrid, electric, and standard fuel-efficient vehicles coming to the market, there’s no reason to waste extra money on fuel. Here are some of the worst offenders in terms of gas mileage, that you need to stay away from.

SUVs to avoid – the gas-guzzling 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

A gray 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee parked in the woods. Avoid this SUV to save money on gas.
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee | Jeep

The Trackhawk isn’t exactly made for fuel-efficiency. It’s the 707-horsepower supercharged Hellcat V8 under the hood that gives its power and speed, but also its abysmal gas mileage. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk gets 11 city and 17 highway miles per gallon. That’s why it’s the first SUV to avoid if you want to save money on gas.

The beast of an engine and racy interior doesn’t quite make up for the lack of fuel efficiency. If saving money on gas is important to you, it’s best to stay far away from this Jeep Grand Cherokee model. The Trackhawk can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds, which will hopefully get you to a gas station faster.

The 2021 Lexus LX570 is big, luxurious, and always on empty

2021 Lexus LX570 with a dark background, it's an SUV to avoid to save money on gas.
2021 Lexus LX570 | Lexus

The LX570 shares its platform with the Toyota Land Cruiser, and it shows. This off-road-capable machine is also the perfect luxury full-size SUV. It looks great and performs better with its standard 383-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 engine. At least you’ll be rolling into the gas station in style with the LX570’s average of 12 city and 16 highway mpg.

This massive SUV can move from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.2 seconds. Though it’s not the fastest in the world, it definitely isn’t slow. CarAndDriver compares its ride to the Land Rover Range Rover and Infiniti QX80, in terms of smoothness and handling.

SUVs to avoid – The 2022 Nissan Armada and 2022 Infiniti QX80

The 2022 Nissan Armada full-size SUV in white driving on a forest road during the winter, avoid this SUV to save money on gas.
2022 Nissan Armada | Nissan Motor Corporation

The 2022 Nissan Armada and 2022 Infiniti QX80 are both far less efficient in terms of fuel compared to the competition. If you don’t already know, Infiniti is Nissan’s luxury brand, and these two vehicles share a lot. The Armada equipped with four-wheel drive gets 14 city and 19 highway mpg, and the QX80 gets 20 highway.

The Nissan Armada comes equipped with a 5.6-liter V8 engine making up to 400-horsepower. The QX80 shares the same engine, which can travel to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds. These gargantuan SUVs can fit your entire family and three dogs, and they have enough features to keep everyone entertained. However, frequent stops to fuel up will be commonplace, making it an SUV to avoid to save money on gas.

Stay away from the 2021 Toyota Sequoia to save money on gas

This is a promotional photo of a second-generation Toyota Sequoia, similar to the 2022 Toyota Sequoia. But the third-generation, debuting with the 2023 Toyota Sequoia, is shaping up to be much better.
2022 Toyota Sequoia | Toyota

The 2021 Toyota Sequoia is Toyota’s full-size SUV offering with its own V8 engine. The 381-horsepower V8 gets just 13 city and 17 highway mpg when combined with four-wheel drive. Toyota introduced the TRD Pro model for the Sequoia, which is a welcomed addition.

Though this is an SUV to avoid for now, whether to save on gas or not. The Sequoia is due for some serious updating and is rumored to be getting the Tundra treatment. The 2023 model year will be the right time to revisit the possibility of purchasing a Toyota Sequoia.

All of these vehicles have one thing in common, they have a massive V8 engine. Though it is very good for towing, hauling, and speed, fuel costs will be high. If you’re looking for a more fuel-efficient SUV, we’d recommend three-row mid-size models with V6 engines. If much less interior space is in the cards for you, a crossover would be even better. A vehicle like the 2021 Ford Escape, which gets 44/37 city and highway mpg, with its 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine.

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