If you’re shopping for an SUV, then one of Acura’s SUVs might be on your shortlist. And, why not? After all, they are reliable, capable, and are filled with a host of tech-savvy features. But did you know that they are pretty fuel-efficient as well? Over the years, Acura has come up with some handy ways to make its SUVs more efficient so that you don’t have worry about finding a gas station every couple hundred miles on your next road trip. Here the most fuel-efficient SUVs in Acura’s lineup, according to Fueleconomy.gov.
Acura MDX Sport Hybrid
As Acura’s first three-row hybrid SUV offering, the MDX Sport Hybrid offers ample seating for up to seven passengers and a hybrid powertrain that’s both powerful and fuel-efficient. Inside the cabin, you’ll find a comfortable interior adorned in Milano premium leather, heated and ventilated front seats, second-row captain’s chairs, and tri-zone climate control.
And under the hood, you’ll see a 3.5-liter V6 engine that’s mated to a three-motor hybrid setup that powers all four wheels. This sophisticated hybrid system has a combined horsepower output of 321 and it makes 289 lb-ft of torque but, best of all, it can also achieve up to an EPA-estimated 26 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Not bad for a luxury family hauler.
If you’re looking for a sporty crossover with an added dose of luxury, then the Acura RDX is arguably one of the best picks on the market. With an aggressive stance and an extra-sporty A-Spec trim level, the RDX over athleticism that you wouldn’t expect from an SUV that’s complemented by an eager and fuel-efficient engine.
Under the hood is a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine the produces 272 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission. The setup is very lively and really gets the car moving, but the best part about it is that it can return an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway in front-wheel-drive form. Opting for all-wheel-drive will drop both of those figures by one mpg.
In case you don’t want to spend the extra money for the MDX Sport Hybrid, you can always opt for the regular MDX model. It comes with a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 that produces 290 hp and 267 lb-ft and can achieve up to 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway according to the EPA in its front-drive format. The MDX is also offered with the brand’s Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive system, which will net you one less mpg on each figure.
Fuel-efficient Acura SUVs
Acura has come a long way in making some of the most reliable and sporty SUVs on the market and the fuel economy that they are able to achieve is impressive. While they might not achieve a perfect 30 mpg, they all come very close and are still better than competitors from other brands.