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Five Compact Crossovers With Great Gas Mileage Page 2

 
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2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5 - First Drive, February 2013

The first of these is the 2013 Lexus RX 450h. It's a little more expensive--even compared to the Mercedes and BMW--and a little larger, so didn't really fit our "compact" billing. But it's good on gas, the hybrid drivetrain returning 30 mpg combined, with 32 city and 28 highway in standard front-wheel drive format.

At the other end of the scale is the 2013 Nissan Juke. This one is probably a little too small to compete with the others, but combined mileage is 29 mpg. That's with the auto transmission, but we've found the Juke a little more thirsty in the real world than its figures suggest.

Our final compact alternative comes from MINI, in the form of the Cooper Countryman. Its looks are an acquired taste and calling it a "MINI" is pushing the boundaries of accuracy, but with the fun six-speed manual transmission it'll do 30 mpg combined--as well as 35 on the highway and 27 in the city.

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  1. For what it is work, the 2012 Nissan Juke data from Fuelly shows 29.7 mpg, although the 2011 shows a lower 27.9 mpg.

    Perhaps customers are experiencing a little better mpg than GCR did in their test.
    http://www.fuelly.com/car/nissan/juke
     
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  2. @John: Is Fuelly differentiating between the AWD Juke and the FWD one? The former appears to get significantly worse mileage than the base model, but I don't know the sales split between the two versions. Our road test was of the heavier, thirstier AWD Juke.
     
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  3. I miss the old Ford Escape hybrid...
     
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  4. I have the Mercury version, a 2008 model, and I recommend it. On a recent 12 mile errand I managed 48 MPG with careful use of the EV part of the vehicle.
     
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  5. Actual numbers reflect the bad driving habits of Americans who do not wish to run these cars efficiently and do not even ever open the owner's manual. These test figures need to be adjusted 30% down. The 28 MPG combined shall be closer to 20 MPG overall. Technology cannot control the brain/gas pedal combination in emotionally driven humans. The only type of car the trumps technology over people is the electric car. Even the Volt suffers from heavy footed drivers to drain its batteries and start the engine thusly using fuel. Reality check, people. Reality check. In Ohio the Interstate speed limit went to 70 MPH overall which means 75 to 80 MPH which means fuel usage shall increase significantly while affecting little the ETA.
     
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