Good gas mileage is more than an added perk when it comes to buying a new car. Consumers, in fact, say it’s one of the most important factors in their vehicle purchase.
Car buyers are willing to pay extra for better mileage per gallon, according to research from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and Simon Fraser University. That’s true even if the upfront cost of the car exceeds the savings they could see later.
Drivers said they would pay $10,730 more for a new car in order to save $1,000 per year.
Researchers at auto-data website Edmunds took a look at four categories of SUVs — small, midsize, large and luxury — and determined the most fuel-efficient models for city and highway driving based on EPA estimates for internal combustion engines and hybrids.
Here’s the winner in each group, along with each car’s price fuel-economy breakdown:
2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
Class: Most fuel-efficient small SUV
Starting price: $29,220
Combined MPG: 40
City MPG: 41
Highway MPG: 38
2020 Subaru Outback
Class: Most fuel-efficient midsize SUV
Starting price: $27,655
Combined MPG: 29
City MPG: 26
Highway MPG: 33
2020 Ford Expedition
Class: Most fuel-efficient large SUV
Starting price: $54,205
Combined MPG: 19
City MPG: 17
Highway MPG: 23
2020 Volvo XC60 T8
Class: Most fuel-efficient luxury SUV
Starting price: $54,945
Combined MPG: 27