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6 gas-saving SUVs with plenty of power

2013 Ford Edge
2013 Ford Edge ©Ford Motor Company
  • Starting price: $27,700

While the Ford Edge may be a five-passenger crossover SUV, it has the gas mileage akin to a sedan, thanks to Ford's EcoBoost technology. Combining a turbocharger with gasoline direct injection, EcoBoost improves fuel economy by up to 20 percent without sacrificing power.

The 2013 Ford Edge with the 2-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine produces less horsepower overall than the other two traditional gasoline engines that are available -- 240 horsepower versus 285 horsepower and 305 horsepower with the other two engines -- but substantially more horsepower for its size.

The EcoBoost engine provides substantial torque as well -- 270 foot-pounds versus 253 foot-pounds from the 3.5-liter V-6 and 280 foot-pounds from the 3.7-liter V-6. As a result, the EcoBoost engine has the best fuel economy of all Edge models -- 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.

The 2013 Ford Edge offers such features as the latest edition of Ford's voice-activated technology with Wi-Fi and text-to-voice capability as well as voice-activated navigation, tilt-telescopic steering, air bags, blind-spot alert system, Roll Stability Control and 32.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seat.

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