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The up and down pricing on gasoline has some consumers shopping for cars that squeeze the most miles from a gallon while others could not care less. Still others are deeply concerned about the environmental impact their car may have. You can get a good handle on it all using an average of the EPA city-highway projected mileage numbers.

Attributes:  Price | Safety | Going Green | Reliability | Performance

Ford Escape HybridMPG: 34/city/31 highway

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While there are a few hybrid SUVs, it's the Ford Escape hybrid that stands out in terms of fuel efficiency. Powered by a 153 horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and paired with an electric motor which is mated to a continuously variable transmission, the Escape Hybrid achieves an EPA-estimated 34 city/31 highway mpg as a front-wheel-drive model and 29 city/27 highway mpg in its all-wheel-drive configuration. Standard features of this five-seater include cruise control, audio system with six-disc CD changer, capless refueling system, side-impact and side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control with rollover sensors. Go »
Suzuki Grand VitaraMPG: 19 city/26 highway

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The five-seat Grand Vitara gets high marks for fuel economy in this segment, even in its true off-road configuration. As a rear-wheel-drive model powered by the 166-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, it achieves 19 city/26 highway mpg when equipped with the five-speed manual transmission and 19 city/25 highway mpg when paired with the four-speed automatic transmission. With the all-wheel-drive configuration, the 2.4-liter engine rates at 19 city/25 highway mpg when mated to the five-speed manual transmission and 19 city/23 highway mpg when paired with the four-cylinder automatic transmission. The 230-horsepower, 3.2-liter V-8 (which is paired only with a five-speed automatic transmission) gets an estimated 18 city/24 highway mpg as a rear-wheel-drive model and 17 city/23 highway mpg with the all-wheel-drive setup. Go »
Toyota RAV4MPG: 22 city/28 highway

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The Toyota RAV4 offers class-leading fuel economy among SUVs that seat up to seven. The drive train includes front- or all-wheel-drive configurations, a standard automatic limited-slip differential and a towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds. Front-wheel-drive models equipped with the 179-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine get an estimated 22 city/28 highway mpg, while all-wheel-drive configurations are rated at 21 city/27 highway mpg. Both versions are paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. The 269-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-8 is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission and gets 19 city/27 highway mpg as a front-wheel-drive model, while the four-wheel drive version is rated at 19 city/26 highway mpg. Go »
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