If you’re shopping for an SUV, then chances are that you checked out what Toyota has to offer. And why not? Toyota has always been known for making some of the most reliable and practical vehicles on the planet and the current lineup is filled with all kinds of great entrants in their respective segments. But if fuel economy is of the utmost importance to you, then there are a few that you should probably pay close attention to. As such, here are the most fuel-efficient Toyota SUVs according to Fueleconomy.gov.
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has been out for a few years and is the more fuel-efficient counterpart to the regular gasoline version. Under the hood is a 2.5-liter engine that’s combined with a dual-motor setup that powers all four wheels. Combined, the powertrain puts out 219 horsepower, but what’s more important is its fuel economy rating. According to the EPA, the RAV4 hybrid can achieve up to 41 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. Not only is it impressive for a small crossover, but you can also take into account that it beats out the Honda CR-V Hybrid (40/35) by a little bit as well.
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Toyota RAV4 Prime
The Toyota RAV4 Prime has been the talk of the town in recent months as it just made its debut this year. What’s so great about is that it puts out 302 horsepower and is able to scoot from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds. Performance aside, the RAV4 Prime can also be driven on electric power only for up to an EPA-estimated 42 miles and is able to achieve up to 94 MPGe, according to EPA. And when the all-electric power is depleted, you can still expect a return of an EPA-estimated 38 mpg in combined driving.
The all-new Toyota Venza was resurrected for the 2021 model year and aside from a host of new styling elements and features, it’s also being offered solely with a hybrid engine. In fact, it’s the same 2.5-liter, 219-hp engine that’s found in the RAV4 hybrid, however, it’s down just a little bit when it comes to fuel economy. According to the EPA, the Toyota Venza is able to get up to 40 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. That’s only down one mpg as compared to its RAV4 stablemate, so in case you like the Venza’s sleek styling more, then you won’t be missing out too much.
Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Lastly, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is the more fuel-efficient counterpart to the existing Highlander model. However, under the hood of this fuel-sipping, three-row SUV is a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that’s matched up to pair of electric motors for a combined horsepower output of 243. That’s a pretty good amount of power out of a very smooth hybrid setup, but power isn’t its only strength as it’s also able to achieve an EPA-estimated 36 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.