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Best Gas Mileage Four Wheel Drive

Need a four wheel drive with the best gas mileage? Get ready to downsize. None of the best gas mileage four wheel drives (4WDs) are jumbo-sized sport utility vehicles (SUVs).

Simply put, the aerodynamics and vehicle weight of the bulkiest SUVs cause gas mileage to suffer, leading to many a painful transaction at the pump. The trick is to get small(er), lighter, and more slippery. Credit Subaru for getting the ball rolling with popularizing economical 4WD drive passenger cars in the early days. Since 1997, every vehicle Subaru’s offered in America has been all wheel drive.

These days, it’s not just Subaru. There are plenty of four wheel drive choices that are neither truck nor SUV. And forget the notion of pint-sized economy cars. You’ll find a generous helping of 4WD luxury from manufacturers including Audi, Volvo, Cadillac, and Lexus … in fact, you’ll find many of their offerings in the 2008 list of best gas mileage four wheel drives.

Purists will gladly share that there’s a difference between four wheel drive and all wheel drive (AWD). And surely there is … but for a great many folks, it comes down to two simple questions: will it go in the snow and will I go broke feeding it?

At the other end of the spectrum, the little Suzuki SX4 delivers plenty of bang for the buck, by combining the best four wheel drive gas mileage with a low sticker price (for those who don’t just think miles per gallon … but miles per dollar.)

Along with its corporate cousins, the Ford Escape Hybrid proves the exception to the rule as the highest all around mile per gallon (MPG) four wheel drive vehicle. If you can’t get a great deal on an Escape Hybrid at your local Ford dealer, take a look at the Mercury Mariner Hybrid. And if you happen to live in Southern California, the Mazda Tribute Hybrid HEV might be an option … as long as you’re able to snag one of the 350 Tribute HEVs built for this test market.)

2008 Best Gas Mileage Four Wheel Drives



Manufacturer Model Engine Disp. Fuel Trans. City Hwy.
Audi A4 Avant Quattro 4 cylinder 2.0 liter P (M6) Manual 20 28
Audi A4 Quattro 4 cylinder 2.0 liter P (M6) Manual 20 28
Suzuki SX4 AWD 4 cylinder 2.0 liter R (M5) Manual 21 28
Suzuki SX4 AWD 4 cylinder 2.0 liter R (L4) Auto 21 28
Audi A4 Avant Quattro 4 cylinder 2.0 liter P (S6) Auto 19 27
Subaru Legacy AWD 4 cylinder 2.5 liter R (S4) Auto 20 27
Subaru Impreza AWD 4 cylinder 2.5 liter R (M5) Manual 20 27
Subaru Impreza WGN/Outback SPT AWD 4 cylinder 2.5 liter R (M5) Manual 20 27
Subaru Legacy AWD 4 cylinder 2.5 liter R (M5) Manual 20 27
Subaru Impreza WGN/Outback SPT AWD 4 cylinder 2.5 liter R (S4) Auto 20 27
Audi A4 Quattro 4 cylinder 2.0 liter P (S6) Auto 19 27
Jeep Compass 4WD 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (M5) Manual 22 27
Ford Escape Hybrid 4WD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (AV) Auto 29 27
Audi A4 Avant Quattro 4 cylinder 2.0 liter P (S6) Auto 19 27
Audi A4 Cabriolet Quattro 4 cylinder 2.0 liter P (S6) Auto 19 27
Jeep Patriot 4WD 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (M5) Manual 22 27
Subaru Forester AWD 4 cylinder 2.5 liter R (M5) Manual 20 27
Subaru Impreza AWD 4 cylinder 2.5 liter R (S4) Auto 20 27
Audi A4 Cabriolet Quattro 4 cylinder 2.0 liter P (S6) Auto 19 27
Mazda Tribute Hybrid 4WD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (AV) Auto 29 27
Mercury Mariner Hybrid 4WD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (AV) Auto 29 27
Subaru Impreza AWD 4 cylinder 2.5 liter R (M5) Manual 20 27
Volvo S60 AWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter P (S5) Auto 18 26
Volvo V50 AWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter P (S5) Auto 18 26
Volvo S60 AWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter P (L5) Auto 17 26
Honda CR-V 4WD 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (L5) Auto 20 26
Subaru Forester AWD 4 cylinder 2.5 liter R (L4) Auto 20 26
Subaru Outback Wagon AWD 4 cylinder 2.5 liter R (S4) Auto 20 26
Subaru Outback Wagon AWD 4 cylinder 2.5 liter R (M5) Manual 19 26
Toyota RAV4 4WD 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (L5) Auto 19 26
Volvo S40 AWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter P (S5) Auto 18 26
Cadillac CTS AWD 6 cylinder 3.6 liter R (S6) Auto 17 26
Cadillac STS AWD 6 cylinder 3.6 liter R (S6) Auto 17 26
Lexus IS 250 AWD 6 cylinder 2.5 liter P (S6) Auto 20 26
Nissan Rogue AWD 4 cylinder 2.5 liter R (AV) Auto 21 26
Audi A6 Quattro 6 cylinder 3.1 liter P (S6) Auto 17 25
Lincoln-Mercury Milan AWD 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (L6) Auto 17 25
BMW 335XI 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 17 25
BMW 528XI 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 17 25
Ford Fusion AWD 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (L6) Auto 17 25
Cadillac CTS AWD 6 cylinder 3.6 liter R (S6) Auto 17 25
Toyota Highlander Hybrid 4WD 6 cylinder 3.3 liter R (AV) Auto 27 25
Audi A3 Quattro 6 cylinder 3.2 liter P (S6) Auto 18 25
Audi A4 Quattro 6 cylinder 3.1 liter P (M6) Manual 15 25
BMW 328XI Sport Wagon 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 17 25
BMW 535XI 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 16 25
BMW 535XI 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 17 25
Porsche Carrera 4 Cabriolet 6 cylinder 3.6 liter P (M6) Manual 17 25
Porsche Carrera 4 Coupe 6 cylinder 3.6 liter P (M6) Manual 17 25
Porsche Carrera 4 Targa 6 cylinder 3.6 liter P (M6) Manual 17 25
BMW 328XI Sport Wagon 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 17 25
Audi A4 Quattro 6 cylinder 3.1 liter P (S6) Auto 17 25
Subaru Impreza AWD 4 cylinder 2.5 liter P (S4) Auto 20 25
Subaru Impreza WGN/Outback SPT AWD 4 cylinder 2.5 liter P (S4) Auto 20 25
Toyota RAV4 4WD 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (L4) Auto 20 25
Audi A4 Avant Quattro 6 cylinder 3.1 liter P (M6) Manual 15 25
Audi A6 Avant Quattro 6 cylinder 3.1 liter P (S6) Auto 17 25
Volvo S40 AWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter P (M6) Manual 17 25
Volvo V50 AWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter P (M6) Manual 17 25
Lexus GS 350 AWD 6 cylinder 3.5 liter P (S6) Auto 18 25
BMW 335CXI 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 17 25
BMW 335CXI 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 16 25
Audi A4 Avant Quattro 6 cylinder 3.1 liter P (S6) Auto 17 25
BMW 328CXI 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 17 25
BMW 328CXI 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 17 25
BMW 335XI 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 16 25
Audi A4 Cabriolet Quattro 6 cylinder 3.1 liter P (S6) Auto 17 25
BMW 328XI 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 17 25
BMW 528XI 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 17 25
BMW 328XI 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 17 25
Pontiac Torrent AWD 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (L5) Auto 17 24
Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet 6 cylinder 3.6 liter P (M6) Manual 15 24
BMW 535XI Sport Wagon 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 16 24
Honda Element 4WD 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (L5) Auto 19 24
Pontiac Torrent AWD 6 cylinder 3.6 liter R (S6) Auto 16 24
Porsche Carrera 4 Cabriolet 6 cylinder 3.6 liter P (L5) Auto 17 24
Ford Taurus AWD 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (L6) Auto 17 24
Porsche Carrera 4 Coupe 6 cylinder 3.6 liter P (L5) Auto 17 24
Porsche Carrera 4 S Cabriolet 6 cylinder 3.8 liter P (M6) Manual 16 24
Porsche Carrera 4 S Coupe 6 cylinder 3.8 liter P (M6) Manual 16 24
Porsche Carrera 4 S Targa 6 cylinder 3.8 liter P (M6) Manual 16 24
Porsche Carrera 4 Targa 6 cylinder 3.6 liter P (L5) Auto 17 24
BMW X3 3.0si 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 17 24
Acura RL 6 cylinder 3.5 liter P (S5) Auto 16 24
Hyundai Santa Fe 4WD 6 cylinder 3.3 liter R (L5) Auto 17 24
Audi TT Roadster Quattro 6 cylinder 3.2 liter P (M6) Manual 17 24
Subaru Forester AWD 4 cylinder 2.5 liter P (M5) Manual 19 24
Subaru Impreza AWD 4 cylinder 2.5 liter P (M5) Manual 19 24
Subaru Legacy AWD 4 cylinder 2.5 liter P (M5) Manual 19 24
Subaru Impreza WGN/Outback SPT AWD 4 cylinder 2.5 liter P (M5) Manual 19 24
Volvo S80 AWD 6 cylinder 3.2 liter P (S6) Auto 16 24
Subaru Legacy AWD 4 cylinder 2.5 liter P (S5) Auto 18 24
Subaru Legacy AWD 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S5) Auto 17 24
Chevrolet Equinox AWD 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (L5) Auto 17 24
Subaru Outback Wagon AWD 4 cylinder 2.5 liter P (M5) Manual 18 24
Subaru Outback Wagon AWD 4 cylinder 2.5 liter P (S5) Auto 18 24
Mazda Tribute 4WD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (L4) Auto 19 24
Hyundai Tucson 4WD 4 cylinder 2.0 liter R (M5) Manual 19 24
Volkswagen Passat Wagon 4MOTION 6 cylinder 3.6 liter P (S6) Auto 16 24
Volkswagen Passat 4MOTION 6 cylinder 3.6 liter P (S6) Auto 16 24
Audi TT Coupe Quattro 6 cylinder 3.2 liter P (M6) Manual 17 24
Mercedes-Benz GL320 CDI 4MATIC 6 cylinder 3.0 liter D (L7) Auto 18 24
Audi TT Coupe Quattro 6 cylinder 3.2 liter P (S6) Auto 18 24
Mercedes-Benz ML320 CDI 4MATIC 6 cylinder 3.0 liter D (L7) Auto 18 24
Chrysler Sebring AWD 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (L6) Auto 15 24
Ford Escape 4WD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (L4) Auto 19 24
Mercedes-Benz R320 CDI 4MATIC 6 cylinder 3.0 liter D (L7) Auto 18 24
Jeep Compass 4WD 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (AV) Auto 21 24
Dodge Avenger AWD 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (L6) Auto 15 24
Audi TT Roadster Quattro 6 cylinder 3.2 liter P (S6) Auto 18 24
Mercury Mariner 4WD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (L4) Auto 19 24
Mitsubishi Outlander 4WD 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (S6) Auto 17 24
Lexus RX 400H 4WD 6 cylinder 3.3 liter P (AV) Auto 26 24
Subaru Outback Wagon AWD 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S5) Auto 17 24
Dodge Caliber AWD 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (AV) Auto 21 24
Kia Sportage 4WD 4 cylinder 2.0 liter R (M5) Manual 19 24
Lincoln-Mercury Sable AWD 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (L6) Auto 17 24
Chevrolet Equinox AWD 6 cylinder 3.6 liter R (S6) Auto 16 24
Subaru Legacy AWD 4 cylinder 2.5 liter P (M6) Manual 17 24
Jeep Patriot 4WD 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (AV) Auto 21 24
Lincoln-Mercury MKZ AWD 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (L6) Auto 17 24
Porsche 911 Turbo 6 cylinder 3.6 liter P (L5) Auto 15 23
Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet 6 cylinder 3.6 liter P (L5) Auto 15 23
Audi A8 L 8 cylinder 4.2 liter P (S6) Auto 16 23
Porsche Carrera 4 S Targa 6 cylinder 3.8 liter P (L5) Auto 17 23
Honda Element 4WD 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (M5) Manual 18 23
Porsche Carrera 4 S Cabriolet 6 cylinder 3.8 liter P (L5) Auto 17 23
Porsche 911 Turbo 6 cylinder 3.6 liter P (M6) Manual 16 23
Porsche Carrera 4 S Coupe 6 cylinder 3.8 liter P (L5) Auto 17 23
Hyundai Santa Fe 4WD 6 cylinder 2.7 liter R (M5) Manual 17 23
Hyundai Santa Fe 4WD 6 cylinder 2.7 liter R (L4) Auto 17 23
BMW 535XI Sport Wagon 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 16 23
Audi A8 8 cylinder 4.2 liter P (S6) Auto 16 23
Subaru Forester AWD 4 cylinder 2.5 liter P (L4) Auto 18 23
Volvo S80 AWD 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 15 23
Hyundai Tucson 4WD 6 cylinder 2.7 liter R (L4) Auto 17 23
Toyota Highlander 4WD 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (S5) Auto 17 23
Audi A6 Quattro 8 cylinder 4.2 liter P (S6) Auto 16 23
Volkswagen R32 6 cylinder 3.2 liter P (S6) Auto 18 23
Volvo S80 AWD 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (S6) Auto 15 23
Infiniti G35x 6 cylinder 3.5 liter P (S5) Auto 17 23
Land Rover LR2 6 cylinder 3.2 liter R (S6) Auto 16 23
BMW X3 3.0si 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 16 23
Ford Edge AWD 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (L6) Auto 15 22
Acura RDX 4WD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter P (S5) Auto 17 22
Chevrolet Colorado 4WD 4 cylinder 2.9 liter R (M5) Manual 16 22
Saturn Outlook AWD 6 cylinder 3.6 liter R (L6) Auto 16 22
Chrysler 300 AWD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (L5) Auto 15 22
Lexus LS 600HL 8 cylinder 5.0 liter P (S8) Auto 20 22
GMC Acadia AWD 6 cylinder 3.6 liter R (L6) Auto 16 22
Dodge Nitro 4WD 6 cylinder 3.7 liter R (M6) Manual 16 22
Lincoln MKX AWD 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (L6) Auto 15 22
Jeep Liberty 4WD 6 cylinder 3.7 liter R (M6) Manual 16 22
Chrysler Pacifica AWD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (L6) Auto 14 22
Toyota Toyota Tacoma 4WD 4 cylinder 2.7 liter R (M5) Manual 17 22
Suzuki XL7 AWD 6 cylinder 3.6 liter R (S5) Auto 15 22
Jaguar Jaguar X-Type Sport Brake 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (L5) Auto 16 22
Chrysler 300 AWD 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (L5) Auto 15 22
Dodge Magnum AWD 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (L5) Auto 15 22
Mercedes-Benz E350 4MATIC 6 cylinder 3.5 liter P (L5) Auto 16 22
Infiniti M35x 6 cylinder 3.5 liter P (S5) Auto 16 22
Buick Enclave AWD 6 cylinder 3.6 liter R (L6) Auto 16 22
Saturn VUE AWD 6 cylinder 3.6 liter R (L6) Auto 16 22
Hyundai Veracruz 4WD 6 cylinder 3.8 liter R (L6) Auto 15 22
Mercury Mariner 4WD 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (L4) Auto 17 22
GMC Canyon 4WD 4 cylinder 2.9 liter R (M5) Manual 16 22
Kia Sorento 4WD 6 cylinder 3.3 liter R (L5) Auto 15 22
Cadillac SRX AWD 6 cylinder 3.6 liter R (S5) Auto 14 22
Jeep Patriot 4WD 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (AV) Auto 20 22
Saturn VUE AWD 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (L6) Auto 15 22
Dodge Magnum AWD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (L5) Auto 15 22
GMC Canyon 4WD 4 cylinder 2.9 liter R (L4) Auto 17 22
Saturn VUE AWD 6 cylinder 3.6 liter R (S6) Auto 16 22
Chevrolet Colorado 4WD 4 cylinder 2.9 liter R (L4) Auto 17 22
Dodge Charger AWD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (L5) Auto 15 22
Ford Taurus X AWD 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (L6) Auto 15 22
Mazda Tribute 4WD 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (L4) Auto 17 22
Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WD 6 cylinder 3.0 liter D (L5) Auto 17 22
Ford Escape 4WD 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (L4) Auto 17 22
Mazda CX-7 4WD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter P (S6) Auto 16 22
Lexus RX 350 4WD 6 cylinder 3.5 liter P (L5) Auto 17 22
Dodge Charger AWD 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (L5) Auto 15 22
Lexus RX 350 4WD 6 cylinder 3.5 liter P (S5) Auto 17 22
Volvo XC 70 AWD 6 cylinder 3.2 liter P (S6) Auto 15 22
Jaguar Jaguar X-Type 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (L5) Auto 16 22
Cadillac STS AWD 8 cylinder 4.6 liter P (S6) Auto 14 21
BMW X5 3.0si 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 15 21
Audi S5 8 cylinder 4.2 liter P (M6) Manual 14 21
Jeep Liberty 4WD 6 cylinder 3.7 liter R (L4) Auto 15 21
Audi S4 Cabriolet 8 cylinder 4.2 liter P (S6) Auto 14 21
Suzuki Grand Vitara 4WD 6 cylinder 2.7 liter R (L5) Auto 17 21
Mazda CX-9 4WD 6 cylinder 3.7 liter R (S6) Auto 15 21
Suzuki Grand Vitara 4WD 6 cylinder 2.7 liter R (M5) Manual 16 21
GMC Canyon 4WD 5 cylinder 3.7 liter R (L4) Auto 15 21
Chevrolet Colorado 4WD 5 cylinder 3.7 liter R (L4) Auto 15 21
Subaru Tribeca AWD 6 cylinder 3.6 liter R (S5) Auto 16 21
Mercedes-Benz E350 4MATIC (WAGON) 6 cylinder 3.5 liter P (L5) Auto 16 21
Audi S4 8 cylinder 4.2 liter P (S6) Auto 14 21
Audi S4 Avant 8 cylinder 4.2 liter P (S6) Auto 14 21
Dodge Nitro 4WD 6 cylinder 3.7 liter R (L4) Auto 15 21
Kia Sportage 4WD 6 cylinder 2.7 liter R (L4) Auto 17 21
Toyota Sienna 4WD 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (L5) Auto 16 21
Honda Pilot 4WD 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (L5) Auto 15 20
Toyota Toyota Tacoma 4WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (L5) Auto 16 20
Volkswagen Touareg 10 cylinder 5.0 liter D (S6) Auto 15 20
Infiniti FX35 AWD 6 cylinder 3.5 liter P (S5) Auto 15 20
Nissan Pathfinder 4WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter P (L5) Auto 14 20
Volkswagen Touareg 6 cylinder 3.6 liter P (S6) Auto 14 20
GMC Canyon Crew Cab 4WD 5 cylinder 3.7 liter R (L4) Auto 15 20
Toyota 4Runner 4WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (L5) Auto 16 20
Kia Sorento 4WD 6 cylinder 3.8 liter R (L5) Auto 15 20
Honda Ridgeline 4WD 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (L5) Auto 15 20
Isuzu I-370 4WD Crew Cab 5 cylinder 3.7 liter R (L4) Auto 15 20
Chevrolet Colorado Cab Chassis INC 4WD 5 cylinder 3.7 liter R (L4) Auto 15 20
Cadillac SRX AWD 8 cylinder 4.6 liter P (S6) Auto 13 20
Saab 9-7X AWD 6 cylinder 4.2 liter R (L4) Auto 14 20
Mercedes-Benz ML350 4MATIC 6 cylinder 3.5 liter P (L7) Auto 15 20
Dodge Nitro 4WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (L5) Auto 15 20
Audi R8 8 cylinder 4.2 liter P (M6) Manual 13 20
Audi S4 Avant 8 cylinder 4.2 liter P (M6) Manual 13 20
Audi Q7 6 cylinder 3.6 liter P (S6) Auto 14 20
Chevrolet Trailblazer 4WD 6 cylinder 4.2 liter R (L4) Auto 14 20
Toyota FJ Cruiser 4WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter P (L5) Auto 16 20
Audi RS4 8 cylinder 4.2 liter P (M6) Manual 13 20
Ford Ranger 4WD 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (M5) Manual 15 20
Mercedes-Benz S550 4MATIC 8 cylinder 5.5 liter P (L7) Auto 14 20
Isuzu Ascender 5-Passenger 4WD 6 cylinder 4.2 liter R (L4) Auto 14 20
Infiniti M45x 8 cylinder 4.5 liter P (S5) Auto 14 20
Acura MDX 4WD 6 cylinder 3.7 liter P (S5) Auto 15 20
Nissan Xterra 4WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (M6) Manual 16 20
Audi S4 8 cylinder 4.2 liter P (M6) Manual 13 20
Nissan Xterra 4WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (L5) Auto 14 20
Volvo XC 90 AWD 6 cylinder 3.2 liter P (S6) Auto 14 20
Porsche Cayenne 6 cylinder 3.6 liter P (L6) Auto 14 20
Porsche Cayenne 6 cylinder 3.6 liter P (M6) Manual 14 20
GMC Envoy 4WD 6 cylinder 4.2 liter R (L4) Auto 14 20
GMC Canyon Cab Chassis INC 4WD 5 cylinder 3.7 liter R (L4) Auto 15 20
Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab 4WD 5 cylinder 3.7 liter R (L4) Auto 15 20

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#1 evo dude on 12.20.07 at 1:18 pm

No Lancer Evolution (!?!)

#2 Post On Fire on 12.20.07 at 1:30 pm

It is good to see more and more 4 wheel drive that doesn’t consume that much, the 4 wheel drive has a very good market in North America because of the weather.

#3 praveen sattaru on 12.20.07 at 2:46 pm

Surprising to see not even one 4 wheel drive ( not even Hybrid ones ) gives 30 miles per gallon.
These companies needs to use more alternative sources of energy. Take Example of Norway where they are using hydrogen and Water as a source of fuel.
http://www.norway.org/restech/researchnews/Fuel+Up+on+Water.htm

#4 EVO X on 12.20.07 at 4:02 pm

Yeh, they missed the EVO

#5 mpg-o-editor on 12.20.07 at 4:52 pm

Good catch. The Evo doesn’t show in the Fed for 2007 and 2008. 2006 is the latest data I could find.

2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution – 2.0 liter four-banger, premium fuel:
(M6) Manual 18 / 24
(M5) Manual 19 / 25

The brand new Evo is due “mid-winter” … I’ll post the data as it’s available.

#6 gmguy on 12.21.07 at 12:28 am

What about the new Pontiac Vibe? It’s AWD and gets 21 city / 29 hwy.

#7 Saturn Green Line on 12.21.07 at 1:34 am

Why isn’t the Saturn Green Line Hybrid listed?

25mpg city / 32mpg hwy

It should be at the top of the list.

#8 mpg-o-editor on 12.21.07 at 8:08 am

@ GMGuy – It doesn’t look like there’s a 2008 AWD Vibe. The new Vibe is due after the first of the year and will be available as an AWD.

@ Saturn Green Line – The new Saturn Green Line SUV looks like it could be a winner. I would love to take one out and run it through its paces. I’ll add the Green Line mileage specs to the database later today. (They weren’t available when I penned the Vue post last month: http://www.mpgomatic.com/2007/11/21/saturn-vue-gas-mileage/ )

Thanks for the heads up! :)

#9 alex on 12.21.07 at 8:15 am

the vue hybrid does not come in 4wd. i do feel like there are other key performers missing from this list though.

#10 mpg-o-editor on 12.21.07 at 6:52 pm

Good catch Alex! One has to wonder when or if an AWD version of the Saturn Vue Green Line will be available.

#11 James Clark on 03.05.08 at 2:23 pm

I’ve got a 2008 Jeep Cherokee Diesel that I burn B20 and B100 in and get over 20 mpg.

#12 bri on 04.03.08 at 3:47 pm

The Toyota Matrix is available in AWD and boasts 20/26 mpg

#13 Rex on 09.13.08 at 1:34 am

My Japanese import Toyota Caldina GT did 24/32 mpg, easily bettering all these. Had 200hp too, and this was from 1997.

#14 AWD Gas Mileage on 01.21.09 at 10:32 am

[...] all four wheels are driven, fuel economy always suffers. It comes down to simple physics. Even the best gas mileage AWDs top out in the 30 mile per gallon (MPG) highway [...]

#15 elcomom on 04.15.11 at 6:39 am

My husband is 6ft. 6inches and my son is nearly that. Is there something fuel-efficient,that’s not a ‘tin can’ that my family can fit into?

#16 mpg-o-editor on 04.15.11 at 7:09 am

@elcomom – Among smaller AWD SUV/Crossovers, check out the Ford Escape Hybrid, Chevy Equinox, GMC Terrain, Subaru Forester. If budget allows, look into the VW Touareg TDI. 2WD will always be more fuel efficient then AWD.

#17 Dougded on 04.05.14 at 2:24 pm

My 2014 Hyundai Santa Sport AWD 2.0 liter Turbo gets better than sticker mileage. Can’t go by the stickers Mr. Grey I’m getting 22-23 around town and 27-28 on highway. With non-ethanol gas. Many places won’t allow ethanol free gas but if you live near the coastline. , boaters demand it. Ethanol won’t stay fresh and ruins boat motors, motorcycles with carburetors and small engines devices. Will not use ethanol unless that’s all I can get. All vehicles will get better mileage without ethanol. Ethanol has much less energy output than gasoline.

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