Most fuel-efficient AWD vehicles

Most fuel-efficient AWD vehiclesWhat are some of the most fuel-efficient AWD vehicles? – All Wheel Drive or 4 Wheel Drive is usually associated with large vehicles and for that reason is often not the most efficient class of vehicle. Obviously the engine needs to work harder to drive 4 wheels but then again in some cases it could mean less fuel is used per wheel as they are working together.

If you live in an off road or extremely hilly area (ie anywhere in the boonies!) then an AWD may be a good buy but not always the best for general city driving. Still let’s take a look at some of the most efficient AWD vehicles.

Most fuel-efficient AWD vehicles

AWD’s are available in more than just truck or SUV format but of course that is the most common. Finding out the ones that are most fuel efficient wasn’t that hard as luckily FuelEconomy.gov came to my rescue again, it’s an extremely useful and informative website. According to them here are some of the most efficient AWD/4WD vehicles.

  1. 2011 Lexus RX 450h AWD 6 cyl, 3.5 L, Auto(AV-S6), Premium – 30 mpg city, 28 mpg highway
  2. 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid 4WD 4 cyl, 2.5 L, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular – 30 mpg city, 27 mpg highway
  3. 2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid 4WD 4 cyl, 2.5 L, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular – 30 mpg city, 27 mpg highway
  4. 2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 4WD 6 cyl, 3.5 L, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular – 28 mpg city, 28 mpg highway
  5. 2011 Nissan Juke AWD 4 cyl, 1.6 L, Auto(AV-S6), Premium – 25 mpg city, 30 mpg highway
  6. 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 4WD 4 cyl, 2.4 L, Auto(AV-S6), Regular – 24 mpg city, 29 mpg highway
  7. 2011 Subaru Legacy AWD 4 cyl, 2.5 L, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular – 23 mpg city, 31 mpg highway
  8. 2011 Audi TT Coupe Quattro 4 cyl, 2.0 L, Automatic (S6), Premium – 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway
  9. 2011 Audi TT Roadster Quattro 4 cyl, 2.0 L, Automatic (S6), Premium – 22 mpg city 26, 31 mpg highway
  10. 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon AWD 4 cyl, 2.5 L, Automatic (variable gear ratios), Regular – 22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway

The fuel efficiency isn’t so bad but of course the Hybrids are giving better overall efficiency these days and I think we are still waiting for some decent AWD hybrids and it will be great to see the first AWD All Electric sometime sone (I bet a few are in the works).

Do you drive any of these cars or plan to? How do the mpg estomates stack up to extra use and have you found better mpg with any other AWD vehicles?

As always thanks for taking the time to read this post and please add any comments or thoughts below.

5 thoughts on “Most fuel-efficient AWD vehicles”

  1. 2011 Audi A4 Quattro should be high on this list with 22 city/30 highway Premium fuel for the turbo engine but handling, fit and finish best the majority of your list

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