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Finding an SUV that you love to drive is always a daunting task. However, these are some of the best 10-year-old fuel-efficient SUVs that owners love to drive. Don’t be surprised to see a few hybrid options, as these get better fuel economy than similar counterparts.

The Ford Escape Hybrid is one of the best 10-year-old fuel-efficient SUVs

The best 10-year-old fuel-efficient SUVs like the Ford Escape
The 2012 Ford Escape SUV Lester Cohen/WireImage

There are plenty of 10-year-old SUVs, but not all of the options are fuel-efficient. Edmunds thought the 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid checks that box. With 34 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 32 mpg combined, you won’t have to stop as much. The Ford SUV still has a lot of technology for its age. Buyers could opt for front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and it can even tow 3,500 pounds when properly equipped. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2012 Escape a three-star safety rating overall.

Fuel efficiency (city/highway/combined): 34/31/32

Edmunds List Price Estimate: $8,094 – $11,306

The Lexus RX 450h is a luxury option for the best 10-year-old fuel-efficient SUVs

While the 2012 Lexus RX 450h has a higher starting price, it is one of America’s favorite luxury SUVs. The hybrid version gets 30 mpg combined, which is excellent for its age. Lexus equipped the 2012 RX 450h with antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, and extra airbags. It even had a pre-collision system that was ahead of its time. The NHTSA gave it a four-star safety rating overall, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave it its highest score of “good.”

Fuel efficiency (city/highway/combined): 32/28/30

Edmunds List Price Estimate: $23,990 – $27,990

Nissan’s Juke has funky looks but good fuel economy

The 2012 Nissan Juke looks funkier than it is. Edmunds found it was one of the best 10-year-old fuel-efficient SUVs, with 29 mpg overall. Other positives include its “lively performance” and sporty handling. The seats are comfortable, and buyers can opt for an all-wheel drive version. The NHTSA gave the 2012 Juke a four-star safety rating during crash testing. The IIHS gave the Juke plenty of “good” ratings on its crashworthiness tests, and it earned the Top Safety Pick award.

Fuel efficiency (city/highway/combined): 27/32/29

Edmunds List Price Estimate: $12,499 – $19,998

Everyone loves the fuel-efficient Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV

Toyota’s 2012 Highlander Hybrid is the quintessential 10-year-old fuel-efficient SUV owners love. With the reliability of Toyota backing the Highlander, Edmunds says it offers a balance of performance and fuel economy. The back seat has an intelligent and flexible design to keep people comfortable getting in and out. While the price of the used Highlander Hybrid is a bit higher than the regular one, the fuel savings make up for it.

Fuel efficiency (city/highway/combined): 28/28/28

Edmunds List Price Estimate: $16,917 – $22,448

These vehicles have plenty to offer buyers, so don’t be afraid to expand your search if your local dealership doesn’t have anything. Most places are willing to transport a vehicle to you for a small fee, which gives you many more choices.


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