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2012’s Best Gas Mileage AWD Vehicles

After posting the 2012 Subaru Impreza review yesterday, I got to thinking … just how well does Subie’s thrifty AWD stack up to the competition?

So I spent the better part of today gathering data on the best gas mileage AWD vehicles of 2012. Needless to say, this page goes past the basics. While most sites are content to slap up a photograph and the EPA gas mileage estimates, I had to go deeper. You’ll find information on horsepower, fuel tank capacity, combined cruising range, 0-60 MPH times, and aerodynamic drag coefficients. And you’ll find it all on this one page.

The Impreza doesn’t just get the best gas mileage of the bunch. It’s also the second most affordable of all, after the tiny Suzuki SX4 Crossover. With a whopping price advantage over the competition, we can forgive its leisurely trot to sixty miles per hour.

The Audi TT Quattro Coupe grabs the mantle for 0-60 times, with a stunning run of 5.3 seconds … it’s roughly twice as fast and twice as expensive as the Impreza. While the European manufacturers tend to provide official factory 0-60 times, most marquees do not. We’ll fill in the blanks as we go along, with our own observed times.

When it comes to driving range, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz S350 Bluetec 4matic runs away from the field, with a remarkable (estimated) 595 mile combined range from its 23.8 gallon tank. The Bluetec takes top honors for torque, as well, with a stunning 455 foot pounds. The 2012 BMW 528i xDrive is the most slippery of the bunch, with a drag coefficient of 0.29.

2012 Subaru Impreza AWD 27 City / 36 Highway / 30 Combined

2012 Subaru Impreza AWD

  • 2.0-liter, Boxer four-cylinder engine
  • 148 HP / 145 ft. lbs Torque
  • CVT Automatic
  • Regular
  • 14.5 gallon fuel tank
  • 435 mile combined range
  • 0-60 MPH: 10.0 seconds (MPGomatic observed)
  • Drag Coefficient: 4-door: 0.31 5-door: 0.33
  • Starting MSRP: $17,495


2012 Lexus RX 450h AWD – 30 City / 28 Highway / 29 Combined

2012 Lexus RX 450h AWD

  • 3.5-liter, V6/Hybrid
  • 295 HP
  • 6-Speed Automatic
  • Premium
  • 17.2 gallon fuel tank
  • 498.8 mile combined range
  • Stated 0-60 MPH: 7.4 seconds
  • Drag Coefficient: 0.33
  • Starting MSRP: $45,910


2012 Ford Escape Hybrid AWD – 30 City / 27 Highway / 29 Combined

2012 Ford Escape Hybrid AWD

  • 2.5-liter, inline four-cylinder/Hybrid
  • 177 HP / 136 ft. lbs Torque
  • CVT Automatic
  • Regular
  • 15 gallon fuel tank
  • 435 mile combined range
  • 0-60 MPH: TBD
  • Drag Coefficient: TBD
  • Starting MSRP: $30,570


2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 4WD
28 City / 28 Highway / 28 Combined

2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

  • 3.5-liter, V6/Hybrid
  • 280 HP
  • CVT Automatic
  • Regular
  • 17.2 gallon fuel tank
  • 481.6 mile combined range
  • 0-60 MPH: TBD
  • Drag Coefficient: 0.34
  • Starting MSRP: $38,715


2012 MINI Cooper S Countryman All4
25 City / 31 Highway / 28 Combined

2012 MINI Countryman AWD

  • 1.6-liter, inline four-cylinder engine
  • 181 HP / 177 ft. lbs Torque
  • 6-Speed Manual
  • Premium
  • 12.4 gallon fuel tank
  • 347.2 mile combined range
  • Stated 0-60 MPH: 7.3 seconds (6-speed auto: 7.7 seconds)
  • Drag Coefficient: 0.34
  • Starting MSRP: $27,750


2012 Nissan Juke AWD
25 City / 30 Highway / 27 Combined

2012 Nissan Juke AWD

  • 1.6-liter, turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine
  • 188 HP / 177 ft. lbs Torque
  • Six-Speed Automatic
  • Premium
  • 11.8 gallon fuel tank
  • 318.6 mile combined range
  • 0-60 MPH: TBD
  • Drag Coefficient: TBD
  • Starting MSRP: $21,650


2012 Audi TT Coupe quattro
23 City / 31 Highway / 26 Combined

2012 Audi TT Coupe

  • 2.0-liter, turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine
  • 211 HP / 258 ft. lbs Torque
  • Six-Speed Automatic
  • Premium
  • 14.53 gallon fuel tank
  • 377.8 mile combined range
  • Stated 0-60 MPH: 5.3 seconds
  • Drag Coefficient: 0.30
  • Starting MSRP: $38,300


2012 Audi TT Roadster quattro
23 City / 31 Highway / 26 Combined

2012 Audi TT Roadster Quattro

  • 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder engine
  • 211 HP / 258 ft. lbs Torque
  • Six-Speed Automatic
  • Premium
  • 14.53 gallon fuel tank
  • 377.8 mile combined range
  • Stated 0-60 MPH: 5.6 seconds
  • Drag Coefficient: 0.32
  • Starting MSRP: $41,300


2012 BMW 528i xDrive
22 City / 32 Highway / 26 Combined

2012 BMW 528i

  • 2.0-liter, TwinPower Turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine
  • 240 HP / 260 ft. lbs Torque
  • Eight-Speed Automatic
  • Premium
  • 18.5 gallon fuel tank
  • 481 mile combined range
  • 0-60 MPH: TBD
  • Drag Coefficient: 0.29
  • Starting MSRP: $49,200


2012 Suzuki Kizashi S AWD
23 City / 30 Highway / 25 Combined

Suzuki Kizashi

  • 2.4-liter, inline four-cylinder engine
  • 180 HP / 170 ft. lbs Torque
  • CVT Automatic
  • Regular
  • 16.6 gallon fuel tank
  • 415 mile combined range
  • 0-60 MPH: 8.6 seconds (MPGomatic observed – 2011)
  • Drag Coefficient: TBD
  • Starting MSRP: $22,499


2012 Suzuki SX4 AWD
23 City / 29 Highway / 25 Combined

Suzuki SX4 AWD

  • 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder engine
  • XYZ HP / XYZ ft. lbs Torque
  • CVT Automatic
  • Regular
  • 11.9 gallon fuel tank
  • 297.5 mile combined range
  • 0-60 MPH: TBD
  • Drag Coefficient: TBD
  • Starting MSRP: $16,999


2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 4WD
23 City / 28 Highway / 25 Combined

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 4WD

  • 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder engine
  • 148 HP / 145 ft. lbs Torque
  • CVT Automatic
  • Regular
  • 15.8 gallon fuel tank
  • 395 mile combined range
  • 0-60 MPH: TBD
  • Drag Coefficient: TBD
  • Starting MSRP: $23,295


2012 Honda CR-V 4WD
22 City / 30 Highway / 25 Combined

2012 Honda CR-V

  • 2.4-liter, inline four-cylinder engine
  • 185 HP / 163 ft. lbs Torque
  • Five-Speed Automatic
  • Regular
  • 15.3 gallon fuel tank
  • 382.5 mile combined range
  • 0-60 MPH: TBD
  • Drag Coefficient: TBD
  • Starting MSRP: $23,745


2012 Mitsubishi Lancer SE AWD
22 City / 29 Highway / 25 Combined

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer SE AWD

  • 2.4-liter, inline four-cylinder engine
  • XYZ HP / XYZ ft. lbs Torque
  • CVT Automatic
  • Regular
  • 14.5 gallon fuel tank
  • 362.5 mile combined range
  • 0-60 MPH: TBD
  • Drag Coefficient: TBD
  • Starting MSRP: $20,195


2012 Audi A4 quattro
21 City / 31 Highway / 25 Combined

2012 Audi A4 Quattro

  • 2.0-liter, turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine
  • 211 HP / 258 ft. lbs Torque
  • 6-speed Manual
  • Premium
  • 16.1 gallon fuel tank
  • 402.5 mile combined range
  • 0-60 MPH: 6.5 seconds (manual), 6.3 seconds (Tiptronic)
  • Drag Coefficient: 0.31
  • Starting MSRP: $33,400


2012 Audi A5 quattro
21 City / 31 Highway / 25 Combined

2012 Audi A5 Quattro

  • 2.0-liter, turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine
  • 211 HP / 258 ft. lbs Torque
  • 6-speed Manual
  • Premium
  • 16.1 gallon fuel tank
  • 402.5 mile combined range
  • Stated 0-60 MPH: 6.4 seconds (manual), 6.2 seconds (Tiptronic)
  • Drag Coefficient: 0.32
  • Starting MSRP: $33,400


2012 Mercedes-Benz S350 Bluetec 4matic
21 City / 31 Highway / 25 Combined

2012 Mercedes Benz S350 Bluetec

  • 3.0-liter, turbodiesel V6 engine
  • 240 HP / 455 ft. lbs Torque
  • 7-speed Automatic
  • Diesel
  • 23.8 gallon fuel tank
  • 595 mile combined range
  • Stated 0-60 MPH: 7.0 seconds
  • Drag Coefficient: TBD
  • Starting MSRP: $92,550

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3 comments ↓

#1 Chris on 07.26.12 at 12:49 pm

It seems to be a great car for its price and definitely the best out of the list. Are there any cars that can compete with it that aren’t AWD?

#2 Alex on 09.07.12 at 7:11 am

You seemed to have left out the suzuki Kizashi out of this. It’s a great smaller Medium sized car. Curious about its reliability though!

#3 mpg-o-editor on 09.07.12 at 8:52 am

Fear not … the Kizashi is on the list! 🙂 Have you seen our AWD Kizashi review? We tested one last year. It’s a very cool car, often overlooked.

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