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Ten Compact Crossovers With Great Gas Mileage Page 2

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6. 2014 Buick Encore
28 mpg combined (25 mpg city, 33 mpg highway)

A 1.4-liter engine? In a crossover? Actually, things aren't so bad--in the 2014 Encore you'll find the 1.4-liter turbocharged unit more familiar from cars like the Chevy Cruze and Sonic. The downsized unit is pretty efficient too, with the automatic transmission--up to 28 mpg combined.

In terms of utility the Encore sits between the Nissan Juke and some of the other crossovers here--like the Juke, it sits on a subcompact platform but interior volume is greater than the average subcompact.

 

7. 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek AWD
28 mpg combined (25 mpg city, 33 mpg highway)

We were a little disappointed when we drove the Subaru XV Crosstrek a while back, but our disappointment doesn't stop it being one of the more efficient compact crossovers on the market. At 35 mpg highway, its four-cylinder boxer engine matches that of the Mazda CX-5's best efforts, though drops 1 mpg in the city and overall.

You do get standard AWD into the bargain though, and an automatic gearbox that may be preferable for some drivers. If you can't stretch to the hybrid, the regular version is at least fairly close behind.

 

8. 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 Bluetec 4matic
28 mpg combined (24 mpg city, 33 mpg highway)

Another German entrant you'd not normally find in "most efficient" lists, though perhaps this one should be a little further up--it is a diesel, after all. Edged out by its rival from BMW, the 2.1-liter diesel and seven-speed automatic combo make the GLK an easy car to cruise around in, and we expect real-world mileage to be a little better--we returned almost 35 mpg when testing it in 2013.

Performance from the 200-horse, 369 pounds-feet diesel is strong, and the price is hefty too--starting at $38,980. As such, the Mercedes is more a purchase for existing prestige car customers looking to reduce their bills, than a buying wanting to save from the word go.

 

9. 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2WD
28 mpg combined (25 mpg city, 32 mpg highway)

You might have forgotten the Outlander Sport still existed--the smaller Mirage has taken more of the fuel economy headlines recently. But the compact crossover is actually respectably economical in two-wheel drive format.

Power comes from a 2.0-liter gasoline engine and there's a continuously-variable transmission directing power to the wheels. It looks and drives sporty, equipment levels are high and at $20,670 for models with CVT, it's less expensive than most here too.

 

10. 2014 Subaru Forester AWD
27 mpg combined (24 mpg city, 32 mpg highway)

Subaru should be commended for getting a third entry on this list. The Forester can't quite match the XV Crosstrek for economy but that's to be expected--it's a larger, bluff-fronted vehicle.

Reasonable highway economy of 32 mpg pulls combined economy to 27 mpg, one mile per gallon below that of the regular gasoline XV. All-wheel drive is again standard, as is a boxer layout to the four-cylinder engine.

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