10 Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs 2022 4×4

The need for an SUV instead of a crossover doesn’t necessarily mean endless pain at the pumps. We’ve found the most fuel efficient 4×4 SUV’s to give you maximum power with minimum refueling costs.

The line between a crossover and an SUV can be pretty blurry. Call us old-fashioned, because for us an SUV means a frame separate from the car body. The suspension and the body are mounted on this frame. It’s what gives the SUV its toughness — truck-like bones underneath that make it work hard.

Are there exceptions to this rule? naturally. We’ll include some at the bottom of this list, crossovers that can hide among SUVs. Their credentials include off-road power and high-capacity towing, but they still lack that all-important separate tire.

Why do we need to separate? Because we’ve realized that the SUV is a whole different beast, it’s meant for different things. But your need or desire doesn’t mean you don’t want fuel economy either.

We have used a file Official EPA fuel economy ratings To find the 10 SUVs that offer the best fuel economy and traction anywhere 4WD or 4WD (AWD). Some of these surprised us, for their efficiency and the variety of engines on the list.

Here they are, ranked from worst to best, ranked by the EPA’s combined cycle fuel economy rating.

(If trucks are your thing, check this out The 10 Most Fuel-Efficient 2022 4×4 / AWD Pickups.)

10 Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs 2022 4×4

10. Infiniti QX80 (15 mpg)


The QX80 is Infiniti’s premium off-road vehicle. This large, three-row SUV comes with a 5.6-liter V8 with 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. The seven-speed automatic transmission does its best to help with fuel economy, but it works with a lot of vehicles.

Despite luxury features like padded leather seats, it delivers true off-road capability. It also offers a hydraulic body motion control suspension system that can send pressure to the internal or external shocks to help reduce rolling.

The Infiniti QX80 can tow up to 8,500 lbs. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates it should return 13 mpg city and 19 highway. Pricing for the QX80 starts at $74,200 with all-wheel drive.

9. Lexus GX460 (16 mpg)

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The Lexus GX460 It is a rugged off-road SUV that has been on sale since the 2010 model year. Its off-road credentials include full-time four-wheel drive, a two-speed transfer case, and a Torsen locking center differential. It can tow up to 6500 lbs.

The GX460 is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine that produces 301 horsepower and 329 pound-feet of torque. Six-speed automatic transmission. The group goes back to an estimated 15 mpg city and 19 highways. Starts at $56,700.

8. Jeep Grand Wagoneer Hurricane 510 (17 mpg)

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One of the newest cars on this list is Jeep Grand WagoneerEquipped with a new cyclone 3.0L inline-six. The twin-turbo engine will deliver 510 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, which is a huge boost over the 471 offered by the 6.4-liter V8.

The Grand Wagoneer is a serious luxury model that gets special treatment for buyers at a Jeep dealer. It only comes as a 4×4 and offers a towing capacity of 9,750 pounds. Low-range gearing, Selec-Terrain traction management, and electronically controlled air suspension with adjustable ride height are all part of the equation.

With an I6 engine, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer delivers 14 mpg city and 20 highway. It starts at $89,995.

7. Toyota 4Runner (17 mpg)

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The Toyota 4Runner is very similar to the aforementioned Lexus GX – both a 4×4 and a kinematic dynamic suspension are offered, as well as a locking rear differential. The 4Runner comes with special versions of the TRD that add more impressive off-road capability features, including off-road shocks and springs.

Unlike Lexus, the 4Runner comes with a V6 engine instead of a V8. It means a little less power, at 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. Combined with a five-speed automatic transmission, Toyota is able to offer improved fuel economy.

It can manage 16 mpg in the city and 19 highway, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Pricing for the 2022 Toyota 4Runner 4×4 starts at $39,980.

6. Ford Expedition / Lincoln Navigator (18 mpg)

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The Ford Expedition The Lincoln Navigator looks completely different from the outside and from behind the driver’s seat. But at the bottom, they are almost the same. This includes the same durable frame, which also supports F-150 The best-selling pickup in the world.

Although it is structure on chassis, the use of aluminum for the bodywork helps reduce weight from the two large SUVs. It can help save fuel. Instead of a V8, the two use an EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 with twin turbochargers.

The Lincoln version of the engine produces 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque, while the Ford produces 400 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. Both use a 10-speed automatic transmission.

More power helps give the Navigator 200 pounds more towing capacity (6200 total) but doesn’t negatively impact fuel economy. Both are estimated to return 16 mpg in the city and 22 highway. The Ford Expedition starts at $54,700, and the Lincoln at $80,000.

5. Lexus LX 600 (19 mpg)

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The Lexus LX 600 is all-new for 2022. The luxury version of the legendary Toyota Land Cruiser is based on the same platform The all-new Toyota Tundra. That means it gets this truck’s new powertrain, a 409-hp 3.5-liter twin-turbo (Toyota says; it’s actually a 3.4-liter) V6, and a 10-speed automatic transmission.

On the LX 600, you’ll find full-time 4×4 suspension, height-adjustable active suspension, and even creep control. It doesn’t look like an off-road vehicle, but don’t let the spindle grille fool you. This big stick can move. It has an official rating of 17 mpg in the city and 22 highway. Pricing for the LX 600 starts at $88,245.

4. Ford Bronco EcoBoost 2-Door (20 mpg)

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Jeep Wrangler’s first true competitor in years, is Ford Bronco puts the Ford Ranger Platform to good use. The elegant off-road style allows you to remove the doors, the roof and even the fenders. It also comes in automatic and manual transmission versions that give you the exact same fuel economy rating.

It’s the shortest and lightest door in the Bronco that gets the best fuel economy. It’s also the only one to offer a seven-speed stick with crawler gear. Equipped with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, the Bronco delivers 275 horsepower and 325 pound-feet. You’ll manage 300 horsepower if you spend extra to get premium fuel.

The small engine will give you 20 mpg city and 21 highway. Pricing for the small Bronco starts at $30,800.

3. Cadillac Escalade / GMC Yukon / XL / Chevrolet Tahoe / Chevrolet Suburban 3.0 Duramax Diesel (22 mpg)

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Yes, that’s a lot of vehicles all under one entrance. While they all look a little different, they are all the same structure underneath. GM Big Trucks It can tow up to 8,000 pounds when fitted with a 3.0-liter, 4×4 diesel. The Duramax inline-six generates 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, and the 10-speed automatic transmission helps make the most of that.

General Motors offers luxury versions, family-friendly versions, and even models designed for off-road driving, allowing you to choose an SUV that’s nearly perfect for your needs, whatever they may be.

Official estimates are 20 mpg in the city and 26 highway. The least expensive is the Tahoe, with a starting price of $54,435. The most expensive is the Escalade, from $79,295.

2. Jeep Wrangler 4xe (49 mpg)

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The perfect off-road vehicle with a jack. The Jeep Wrangler has been the king of the off-road SUV manufacturer for decades, and only the Ford Bronco has tried to shake off the crown. Wrangler now offers more than just durable capability, removable doors, and a leave-in-the-home deck. The Wrangler 4xe It allows you to get off the road silently, using only electricity.

A plug-in hybrid (PHEV), the 4xe combines an electric motor and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four. The result is 375 horsepower, 470 pound-feet, and the ability to drive electric power for up to 21 miles.

That’s enough to give the Wrangler 4xe the equivalent of 49 miles per gallon. It gets 20 mpg combined when the battery is empty with a starting price of $53,795.

Jeep also offers a Wrangler 2.0-liter four-cylinder that would have held this spot on the list—if the hybrid wasn’t there—with an integrated 23 mpg EPA rating.

1. Rivian R1S (69 mph)

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the first Rivian The R1S SUV is now being delivered to customers, making this electric vehicle the only SUV on sale right now. Not 100% conventional, the frame holds the electric battery and powertrain. But we say it still counts, as well as 14.9 inches of ground clearance and up to 7,700 pounds of towing.

Offered with either four-wheel drive engines producing 835 horsepower and 908 pound-feet or a twin-wheel drive all-wheel drive with 600 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, the R1S has plenty of power.

With a 135 kWh battery, it offers a range of up to 316 miles. That equates to 69 miles per gallon, or 73 cities and 65 highways. The R1S quad-engine big package, the only one currently on offer, starts at $84,500.

Almost an SUV

We know that defining what is an SUV and what is a crossover is difficult. That’s why we explained our methodology above. But we also understand that there are some crossovers that seriously bridge the gap, like the one-piece vehicles below.

These vehicles can tow as much as conventional SUVs, and some of them offer really impressive off-road capabilities. So here’s a quick hit on the one we call “on the fence,” listed from best to worst for its fuel economy.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe

Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe (56 MP): An all-electric range is 26 miles, 23 mpg combined. The plug-in Grand Cherokee can deliver amazing fuel.

Ford Explorer Hybrid (25 mpg): 23/26 city/highway. The Explorer is no longer a body on the frame, but it’s still the name that made the SUV class what it is today.

Nissan Pathfinder (23 mpg): 21/27 city/highway. The all-new Pathfinder can tow like an SUV—up to 6,000 pounds—even as a crossover.

Hyundai Palisade/Kia Telluride (21 mpg): 19/24 city/highway. These two beasts are clearly trying to look like SUVs, even if they have a one-piece chassis. However, it is well worth a look here.

Dodge Durango (21 mpg): 18/25 city/highway. Durango offers one of the highest towing rates of any crossover—up to 8,700 pounds—and it’s an impressive effort.

Land Rover Defender P400 (20 mpg): 18/23 city/highway. The 110 and 90 three-door and the 110 five-door both get the same economy in the 3.0L I6 light-hybrid trims.

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