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12 Most Fuel Stingy SUVs - Crosstrek Is Tops And Where All Subaru Models Rank

Are Subaru SUVs fuel-efficient? The 2022 Crosstrek is best, but where do all Subaru SUVs rank? Check out the 12 most fuel-efficient SUVs here.


With fuel prices at $4.33 per gallon in most areas of the U.S. and some $5.00, what are the most fuel-efficient SUVs? How fuel-efficient are the 2022 Forester, 2022 Outback, and 2022 Ascent SUVs? A new study from Consumer Reports (by subscription) says the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek ranks among the twelve best new models again. Check out the entire Subaru lineup here.

CR’s twelve most fuel-efficient SUVs for 2022 are the Lexus UX, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Venza, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Toyota Highlander, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 Prime, Subaru Crosstrek, Hyundai Santa Fe, Lexus RX, and Honda HR-V.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek features, upgrades, specs, fuel mileage

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek

According to the latest Consumer Reports study, the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek is included as one of the twelve most fuel-efficient SUVs you can buy now. CR says the 2022 Crosstrek is ranked number one of fourteen subcompact SUVs overall based on reliability, safety scores, road tests, fuel mileage, and owner satisfaction.

What is the 2022 Crosstrek fuel mileage?

You can have an all-wheel-drive SUV and still get good fuel efficiency. The Subaru Crosstrek uses direct injection on its new 2.5-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine and gets 27/34 city/highway mpg and 29 combined mpg.

The 2.0-liter engine gets 28/33 mpg and 30 combined mpg with the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) automatic, contributing to better mileage.

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek hybrid gets even better fuel mileage. In Consumer Reports testing, the plug-in hybrid gets 38/45 city/highway MPGe and 42 combined MPGe. Note that the Crosstrek Hybrid is not available in all states.

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru Crosstrek, 2022 Subaru Outback

What is the refreshed 2022 Forester fuel mileage?

The 2022 Subaru Forester compact SUV comes with standard all-wheel drive and gets an EPA estimated 29 combined mpg and 26/33 city/highway mpg. The Forester comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine.

2022 Subaru Outback fuel mileage

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru Crosstrek, 2022 Subaru Outback

The EPA fuel mileage rating of the 2022 Outback XT 2.4-liter turbo is 23/30 city/highway mpg and 26 combined mpg. The estimated fuel economy of the standard 2.5-liter engine is 26/33 mpg city/highway and 29 combined mpg.

The EPA says the new 2022 Outback Wilderness gets an estimated 22/26 city/highway mpg and 24 combined mpg. The 2021 Outback XT with the 2.4-liter turbocharged engine gets an EPA estimated 23/30 city/highway mpg and 26 combined mpg.

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru Crosstrek, 2022 Subaru Outback
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2022 Subaru Ascent fuel mileage

The 2022 Subaru Ascent base and Premium trim levels get an EPA estimated 21/27 city/highway mpg and 23 combined mpg. Because they are slightly heavier, the Ascent Limited and Touring trim levels get an EPA estimated 20/26 city/highway mpg and 22 combined mpg.

What type of gas do the Subaru SUVs require?

All Subaru SUVs and cars run on regular unleaded fuel, so you don’t need the higher mid-grade or premium fuel to get the best fuel mileage.

Subaru increased fuel mileage in its new SUVs using new Boxer engines with direct-injection technology. They also use a stop/start system in some models that shuts the engine off when it is idling and saves additional fuel.

With gas prices rising, it’s not good news for summer roads trips. You don’t have to sacrifice the utility and capability of an all-wheel-drive SUV to get good fuel mileage. The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek ranks among the twelve best new models, and the Forester, Outback, and Ascent are also among the top new SUVs.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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