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6 gas-saving SUVs with plenty of power

SUVs with space and power
SUVs with space and power

Owning a sport utility vehicle doesn't mean you have to be prepared to spend a boatload on gas. It doesn't mean you have to be driving a sluggish car that can't get out of its own way, either.

Fuel-efficient SUVs and crossovers can still perform heavy-duty tasks, thanks to a variety of new technology advances. Those technologies range from advances that improve the fuel efficiency of the engine -- such as in the Ford Edge and Mazda CX-5 -- to those that shut down a portion of the engine -- such as in the Chevrolet Suburban -- to alternative-fuel vehicles -- such as the Lexus RX 450h, the Volkswagen Touareg and the Toyota RAV4 EV.

Here's a closer look at some fuel-efficient SUVs that don't compromise on space or power. All SUVs are for the 2013 model year, except the 2014 Madza CX-5.

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