Are you in the market for a new SUV? RelayRides blogger Eric Rosenberg has suggestions for the most fuel-efficient options available in 2014.
Best 2014 Fuel Efficient SUVs
As a budget minded car owner, you are looking for both quality and comfort and want to get that without breaking the bank. While SUVs are more expensive than smaller cars, it is possible to have the luxury and size of an SUV without spending tens of thousands of dollars more.
How to Save Money Buying an SUV
If you want a budget minded SUV, be sure to focus on both sticker cost and long term ownership costs. To save on the cost of buying the SUV, take a look at compact SUVs like the Honda CR-V or the Ford Escape.
When you are looking at operating costs, look at brand reliability. Historically, cars from Toyota and Honda require very little maintenance. And, with fuel costs ever rising, you can save thousands of dollars each year by finding a fuel efficient SUV. Here is a list of the top five 2014 models.
Toyota Rav4 EV
Of course, the best way to save on fuel is to use no fuel at all. The new 2014 Rav4 EV uses zero gas and lives up to Toyota’s reputation for reliability.
The new Rav4 comes with all of the great bells and whistles EVs have to offer. Integrated navigation, automatic one-speed transmission, and cruise control make your journey easy while anti-lock brakes, automated traction systems, side curtain, and second row airbags make sure your most precious cargo gets to the final destination safely.
Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid SUV
For SUVs that use real gasoline, the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid SUV is the leader in fuel efficiency. At 29 MPG city and 33 MPG highway, this 2014 model brings you all of the luxury and space of an SUV with the same fuel efficiency as most sedans.
With high clearance and a roof rack for your skis or snowboards, this SUV can get you to any winter destination you want to visit.
Mini Countryman SUV
The 2014 Mini Countryman SUV get 25 MPG city and 33 MPG highway and gets you to your holiday destination with the style and elegance of a Mini.
Featuring a 181 horsepower turbo engine and a 6 speed manual transmission, this car is as zippy as it is cool with a design keeping in line with its British namesake.
Audi Q5 Hybrid SUV
With the luxury Audi drivers have come to love, the 2014 Q5 Hybrid SUV delivers. This powerful, 6 speed SUV combines high performance and style. And the 24 MPG city / 30 MPG highway is pretty great too.
The Q5 comes loaded with tons of luxury features like built in SiriusXM satellite radio, automatic temperature control, power moon roof, illuminated entry, and rear seat drink holders for the kids.
Other Fuel Efficient SUVs
- 2014 Buick Encore – 23 MPG city / 30 MPG highway
- 2014 Ford Escape – 22 MPG city / 30 MPG highway
- 2014 Honda CR-V – 22 MPG city / 30 MPG highway
- 2014 Mazda CX-5 – 24 MPG city / 30 MPG highway
Make Money with Relay Rides
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If you list your SUV with Relay Rides, you can earn extra side income from your car. Brand new 2014 SUVs are in demand today. Look at other model SUVs available in your town to see just how much you can earn. Don’t just pay for your car, have your car pay you with Relay Rides.