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5 Crossover Vehicles with the Best Fuel Economy


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Toyota Highlander Hybrid
The 2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
The 2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Courtesy of Toyota

The only hybrid to make the list of best crossover fuel economy is the Toyota Highlander hybrid. Like the Honda CR-V, the Highlander has been around a few years and was marketed as a very light-duty SUV -- that is, until the crossover category caught on. As a hybrid, the Highlander gets 28 miles per gallon (11.9 kilometers per liter) city, 28 miles per gallon (11.9 kilometers per liter) highway and a combined 28 miles per gallon (11.9 kilometers per liter) -- which is very consistent, but not tops on the list. That honor goes to the Mini Cooper Countryman.

Like most hybrids on the road today, the Toyota Highlander hybrid has a gasoline engine -- this one is a V-6 with 231 horsepower -- plus an electric motor powered by batteries. The system has a total of 280 horsepower when the two power sources work together, more than most other crossovers. This hybrid will set you back a bit more at the outset, too -- the starting manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) is $37,490 [source: Toyota.com].


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