If you’d like to drive something with size that’s also fuel efficient, there are plenty of versatile SUVs that are easy on the environment and capable enough to handle Edmonton’s worst conditions. In this article we’re going to cover the most fuel efficient SUVs of 2018, and we’re confident that at least one of them has your name on it.
2018 Honda HR-V
8.3 L/100KM (city) / 6.9 L/100KM (hwy) / 7.7 (combined)
Seats: Up to 5
Go Auto Price: $24,785– $33,200
Based on the Honda Fit body (Honda’s subcompact car), the 2018 HR-V is an eye-catching and affordable compact SUV that offers class-leading cargo space and class-leading fuel-efficiency.
Drawing power from a refined 1.8-litre, 16-valve, 4-cylinder engine that delivers 141 HP and 127 lb-ft of torque, the HR-V won’t win you any drag races, but neither will it disappoint you when merging into highspeed highway traffic. For both the LX and EX trims, a six-speed manual transmission comes standard. For a little extra, drivers can opt for a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that improves fuel efficiency to the HR-V’s best output of 8.3 L/100 KM in the city, 7.1 L/100 KM on the highway, and 7.7 L/100 KM combined (with front-wheel drive).
The Latest Technology
Inside the base LX trim, you’ll find a 5.0-inch LCD display with a USB port to connect your smartphone. For some more tech, make the step up to the EX trim. It adds a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system available with the HondaLink system, and the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation with bilingual voice recognition. Additional available tech includes a multi-angle rearview camera, Lanewatch blind spot display, automatic climate control, and proximity key entry. You can get comfortable leather-trimmed (heated in the front) seating surfaces, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a leather-shift knob if you spring for the smartly priced top trim.
The HR-V is smaller and more affordable than Honda’s larger CR-V, and is perfect for people who enjoy the maneuverability of a car, but require the versatility of an SUV. It’s a perfect match for new families, athletes with gear in tow, or anyone who wants a commanding feel of the road for their morning commute.
Reasons to Buy
- Excellent fuel economy
- Countless clever cargo solutions
- Can fit it the tightest parking spaces
- Carlike handling with SUV versatility
2018 Mazda CX-3
8.2 L/100KM (city)/ 6.9 L/100KM (hwy)/ – (combined)
Seats: Up to 5
Go Auto Price: $23,185– $34,185
Already in its third generation, the Mazda CX-3 continues to shake up the subcompact SUV game by offering outstanding fuel economy ratings, sharp driving dynamics, and an upscale interior – all at a price point that’s easy on your bank account. As far as size goes, it’s slightly smaller than the HR-V and doesn’t pay as many dividends in cargo space. But it nevertheless seats 4 adults comfortably, with space for a fifth if you’re willing to get a little cozy.
The 2018 CX-3 shines where it counts, though, as revisions to its suspension system and the addition of G-Vectoring Control technology make it the most fun crossover to drive in this segment. Handling is extremely responsive, and the quiet cabin makes zipping down winding roads a breeze and hectic city driving surprisingly enjoyable. It’s even remains quiet when you’re hitting highway speeds.
In terms of fuel economy, the 2018 CX-3 delivers 8.2 L/100 KM in the city, and 6.9 L/100 KM on the highway. That’s at its best, with front-wheel drive and the automatic transmission system. Opt for all-wheel drive and an automatic transmission, and you’re looking at 8.8 L/100 KM in the city, and 7.5 L/100 KM on the highway.
Under the Hood
Under the hood, you’ll find a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 146 horsepower. It’s mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission, or a 6-speed automatic transmission that returns better fuel economy. In higher trims, you can add Sport mode, a Drive Selection switch, and paddle shifters to the automatic transmission system.
Another area in which the 2018 CX-3 performs well is in advanced technology, both with respects to infotainment and driver aids. The 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system is easy to use and displays info such as speed and navigation in way that’s understandable and doesn’t distract. A rearview camera is standard, as is a remote keyless entry system, a push button start, a tilt and telescopic steering, and so much more. The list of advanced active safety and driver assist features is seemingly neverending, and includes items such as:
- Standard automated emergency braking
- Adaptive cruise control
- Automatic high-beams
- Blindspot monitor
- Forward-collision warning
- Front automated emergency braking
- Lane-departure warning
- Rear cross-traffic moniot
Oh, and in 2017 it received a five-star (out of five) overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It was also got the top rating of Good in all the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) crash tests and was named one of their Top Safety Pick+.
Reasons to Buy
- Unrivaled driving dynamics
- Segment-leading fuel economy
- Stand-out design
- Attractive and comfortable interior
- Long list of driver aids
- Fun to drive
2018 Honda CR-V
8.4 L/100KM (city)/ 7.0 L/100KM (hwy)/ 7.8 L/100KM (combined)
Seats: Up to 5
Go Auto Price: $31,785– $41,200
Fresh on the heels of last year’s big adjustments, the changes made to the 2018 version of the CR-V are surprisingly extensive and set a new standard of excellence in several categories. It’s a top contender in all standards; it boasts a suite of high-tech equipment and driver assists, it has astonishingly low fuel economy numbers, and if class-leading cargo space isn’t enough to sway you, it also has impressively engaging driving dynamics. Unsurprisingly, the 2018 CR-V was named the Motor Trend SUV of the Year.
The 2018 CR-V is powered by a spirited 1.5-litre turbo engine that’s paired to one of the best CVT transmission systems on the market. Generating 190 horsepower and with a towing capacity of 680 kg (1,500 lbs), the 2018 CR-V provides enough power tow a small trailer, but if your towing necessities exceed that, look at the larger Honda Pilot or Honda Ridgeline. Fuel economy is what its powertrain does best, managing 8.4 L/100 KM in the city, 7.0 L/100 KM on the highway, and 7.8 L/100 KM combined.
A Great Family Vehicle
The 2018 CR-V is well-suited to every lifestyle, and is a particularly good choice for a family vehicle. Its cargo capacity is the best in its class, and it has just about the best crash-test ratings possible. Not to mention, there’s absolutely no shortage of the most advanced active safety and driver assist features available, as the full suite of Honda Sensing are made standard starting on the EX trim. That package includes features like forward collision warning, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation system, lane keeping assist system, and adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow. Beyond that, there’s a standard multi-angle rearview camera system, automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, rear parking sensors, and a blind-sport monitoring with cross traffic monitor.
Equipped to rise to any occasion, the 2018 CR-V is a great companion for those summer camping trips, early morning hockey practices, and it’s even well-suited for commuting in the city (especially during winter). And if you’re a new parent who needs the versatility of a larger car but would rather do anything than drive a minivan, there’s no better option than this SUV.
Reasons to Buy
- Comfortable interior made will quality materials
- Very fuel efficient
- Unbeatable cargo space
- Good safety scores and loads of driver assist tech
- Sharp handling, quick acceleration
- Motor Trend’s SUV of the Year
2018 Hyundai Kona
8.6 L/100KM (city)/ 7.0 L/100KM (hwy)/ 7.9 L/100KM (combined)
Seats: Up to 5
Go Auto Price: $22,804 — $30,299
The latest star of Edmonton’s Go Hyundai platform – Go Auto’s Northstar Hyundai, Southtown Hyundai, and Spruce Grove Hyundai – is the all-new 2018 Hyundai Kona. Hyundai’s first dive into the ever-growing subcompact SUV segment, the Kona delivers on a sleek design, agile handling, a premium interior with all of the latest tech, and frugal fuel consumption. Combining the best of a car and an SUV, the 2018 Kona was made for people who like the feel of a car, but prefer the higher seating position of an SUV.
When it comes to fuel economy, the 2018 Kona can get 8.6 L/100 KM in the city, 7.0 L/100 KM on the highway, and 7.9 L/100 KM combined. Drivers can also choose between three driving modes (Normal, Sport, and Eco) that alter throttle responsiveness and shift times to match your preferred driving style.
Fun & Agile
The 2018 Kona gets full marks on all of the golden standards of this class: fun, agile driving dynamics; sharp handling; and fuel efficiency. There are two engine options available to choose from, depending on trim. The base engine is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that turns out 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. Venture to the upper level Limited and Ultimate trims for the 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This one packs a punch with 175 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque – more than is necessary for a vehicle of this size. Front-wheel drive is standard for both available powertrains, but you can opt for all-wheel drive too.
The interior is roomy and is graced with plenty of usable space and fine detailing. All trims come with a 7.0-inch touchscreen display, and upper trims have the option to upgrade to an 8.0-inch unit. Both come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, features that elevate your driving experience by making your music, navigation, and other functions more accessible. Top trims even come with a premium sound system and Qi wireless device charging. The best thing, though, is that you don’t need to splurge for a top-trim model to enjoy the fancy features. The SEL trim (second lowest), for example, features a standard push-button start, leather wrapped steering wheel, a shift knob, and heated seats. Leather seats and surfaces start at the Limited trim (the third of four).
We can go on forever listing the exciting features packed into the Kona, so for a more detailed look at this game-changing SUV, check out our preview by clicking here.
Reasons to Buy
- Competitively priced
- Phenomenal all-wheel drive
- Charismatic design
- Easy-to-use infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
- Fuel-efficient to boot
2018 Toyota RAV4
10.0 L/100KM (city)/ 7.8 L/100KM (hwy)/ 9.0 L/100KM (combined)
Seats: Up to 5
Go Auto Price: $32,250 – $40,910
Toyota gave the 2018 RAV4 an enormous interior with plenty of standard safety features that make it an ideal vehicle for any occasion. It’s one of the best-selling SUVs on the market. Plus, it is widely regarded as one of the safest vehicles in its class. It has middling fuel economy ratings with a gas-engine, but as we’ll see below, the hybrid version can go practically forever without thirsting for fuel.
A wide array of new features is available on this year’s RAV4. They include 18-inch alloy wheels, a higher ride height, fog light surrounds, a 120V power outlet in the cargo area, all-weather floor mats, a heated steering wheel, and a leather-wrapped shift knob. If properly equipped, the 2018 RAV4 can tow up to 1,500 lbs. There’s no shortage of cargo space, either. With split-folding rear seats, you’ll be able to store the most unwieldy objects.
All versions are built with a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It returns 176 horsepower, 172 lb-ft of torque, and at its best, it achieves 10.0 L/100 KM in the city, 7.8 L/100 KM on the highway, for a combined 9.0 L/100 KM . All-wheel drive is available too, although it does bring down fuel-efficiency.
Lots of Standard Features
Standard and available advanced tech features include a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, dynamic radar cruise control (which maintains a preset distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of it), keyless entry, front and rear parking assist, and much more. But the coolest feature has to be the Bird’s Eye View monitor, available to very top AWD Limited trim. The Bird’s Eye View system gives you a panoramic view of your vehicle by combining the images of cameras and sensors placed at every end of the RAV4. It displays a simulated image of the RAV4 and its surroundings on the display screen, it boosts visibility in tough situations, like when you’re pulling out of tight parking space, or when you’re parallel parking. It doesn’t replace the need for shoulder checks, but it’s a handy tool to have.
The RAV4 is all a small SUV should be: safe, surprisingly powerful, and adaptable to any circumstance. While the gas-only model may not have the best fuel economy when compared to the gas-sippers listed above, the hybrid version of the RAV is better than any of them.
Reasons to Buy
- Ample interior space
- Good value for your dollar
- Lots of standard advanced safety tech and driver aids
- Comfortable ride
BONUS: Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
6.9 L/100KM (city)/ 7.8 L/100KM (hwy)/ 7.3 L/100KM (combined)
Seats: Up to 5
Go Auto Price: $38,840 – $44,780
Commonly powered SUVs can’t math the fuel economy of the 2018 Hybrid RAV4. Its powertrain consists of a 2.5-liter I-4, three electric motors, a nickel metal hydride battery, and a CVT. Its also more powerful than the gas-only RAV4, with an output of 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque.
Everything else considered, the hybrid version of the RAV4 is everything we love about its gas-only counterpart. It has a five-star overall safety score (out of a possible five stars), and it’s expected to be hit for the IIHS like the 2017 version that received a Top Safety Pick+ award. With a long list of active safety and driver assist features to go with it, the hybrid RAV4 is a responsible choice on all accounts. Environmentally friendly, yet powerful and impressively athletic, you can’t go wrong if you choose this SUV.
Reasons to Buy
- Excellent fuel-economy
- Spacious interior
- Great safety ratings
- Only slightly more expensive than the gas-only RAV4
SUVs nowadays are the most multitalented, handy-to-have vehicles available. Perhaps the best thing about them, though, is that they can combine all-purpose utility to fuel-efficiency like no other class of vehicle can.
At Go Auto, we’re determined to find fuel-efficient SUV that’s right for you. Visit us at GoAuto.ca, or give us a call and 780.777.7777 – we’re here to serve you!