Canada's most fuel-efficient AWD SUVs
It used to be that getting an SUV meant potentially promising your first-born to pay for the fuel needed. Things have changed in recent years, and while those big V-8-powered machines still exist, the availability of not only smaller-displacement engines, but also turbochargers, hybrid systems, diesel fuel, and excellent transmissions have expanded dramatically. Here are the 15 SUVs with some form of all- or four-wheel-drive that consume the least fuel as rated on Natural Resources Canada’s five-cycle testing regimen.
1. Lexus NX 300h – It's barely out of the gate and Lexus has already claimed a trophy for the thriftiest all-wheel-drive SUV, although the compact NX 300h is no bargain. Starting at $58,850, the NX uses a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine with electric assist that offers a combined 194 horsepower and 154 lb-ft of torque. However, no other SUV can match its fuel economy ratings of 7.1 L/100 km in the city, 7.7 highway and 7.4 combined.
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