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Ranked: 20 SUVs with the best gas mileage

A wide variety of vehicles makes up the list of the most fuel-efficient SUVs sold in the U.S.

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Shopping for a new SUV can be a chore. There's a lot to consider. Two or three rows? Small, medium, midsize, large? Hybrid or traditional powertrain?

When searching for a new SUV, buyers will often compare their fuel efficiency. The models on this list have the best combined gas mileage of any SUVs on the market today. The list consists of traditional internal combustion engine vehicles and hybrids. No plug-in hyrbids or all-electric models were considered. Scroll down to see all 20.

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2020 Ford EcoSport

2020 Ford EcoSport

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27 mpg in the city/29 mpg on the highway
Most consider the Ford EcoSport to be underpowered for the American market but, that helps with its fuel efficiency. It comes standard with a 123-horsepower turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine.

2020 Nissan Rogue Sport

2020 Nissan Rogue Sport

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25 mpg in the city/32 mpg on the highway
The 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport is celebrating just its third year in the U.S. As an international offering, it doesn't have the type of horsepower that will excite speedy U.S. drivers, but makes sense for markets with lower speed limits. It gets its power from a 141-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a continuously variable transmission.

2020 Mazda CX-30

2020 Mazda CX-30

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25 mpg in the city/33 mpg on the highway
The 2020 Mazda CX-30 is the newest member of the Japanese automaker's family. The model comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 186 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with an automatic transmission. The model is most fuel-efficient as a front-wheel drive crossover. All-wheel drive is available and when equipped it's competent off-road.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA

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24 mpg in the city/34 mpg in the city
In its last year before a complete redesign, the Mercedes-Benz GLA continues to return good fuel economy numbers. It is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and achieves 208 horsepower.

2020 Toyota CH-R

2020 Toyota CH-R

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27 mpg in the city/31 mpg on the highway
The front-wheel drive 2020 Toyota CH-R is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 144 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque.

2020 Mini Cooper Countryman

2020 Mini Cooper Countryman

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26 mpg in the city/33 mpg on the highway
With its unmistakable Mini looks, the 2020 Cooper Countryman is instantly recognizable as being from the House that Cooper Built. The model's most fuel efficient engine is its standard turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder that produces 134 horsepower.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

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27 mpg in the city/33 mpg on the highway
The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is known for its competence. Despite having standard all-wheel drive, the model is one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs out there. It gets its power from a 152-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The Crosstrek comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission. Upgrade to the continuously variable transmission for more fuel efficiency.

2020 Hyundai Kona

2020 Hyundai Kona

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27 mpg in the city/33 mpg on the highway
The two power plants buyers can get in the 2020 Hyundai Kona have nearly the same fuel economy numbers. The car comes standard with a 147-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can choose to upgrade to a 175-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

2020 Toyota RAV4

2020 Toyota RAV4

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26 mpg in the city/35 mpg on the highway
Even without its hybrid powertrain, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 is fuel-efficient. It comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The SUV's powertrain is complete with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Honda HR-V

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28 mpg in the city/34 mpg on the highway
The front-wheel drive version of the 2020 Honda HR-V is most fuel-efficient. Each HR-V is powered by a 141 horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with continuously variable automatic transmission.

2020 Mazda CX-3

2020 Mazda CX-3

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29 mpg in the city/34 mpg on the highway
The 2020 Mazda CX-3 has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under its hood. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and achieves 148 horsepower.

2020 Hyundai Venue

30 mpg in the city/34 mpg on the highway/32 combined
The 2020 Hyundai Venue is the newest model inn the automaker's lineup and it's one of the most fuel-efficient. The zippy Venue has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that achieves 121 horsepower and 113 pound-feet of torque. It comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission but is more fuel-efficient with a continuously variable transmission.

2020 Lexus UX

2020 Lexus UX

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29 mpg in the city/37 mpg on the highway
The 2020 Lexus UX is nearly as fuel efficient as the UX Hybrid. It gets down the road thanks to a 169-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

2020 Nissan Kicks

2020 Nissan Kicks

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31 mpg in the city/36 mpg on the highway
The Nissan Kicks has had the next-gen version of its engine (shared with the Versa) installed for the 2020 model year. Its better off the line now but still has just 122-horsepower coming from its four-cylinder power plant. The engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission.

2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

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36 mpg in the city/35 mpg on the highway
The 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with two electric mothers and a battery pack. A continuously variable transmission completes the powertrain. It comes standard with front-wheel drive.

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid

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35 mpg in the city/40 mpg on the highway
New for the 2020 model year, the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a four-cylinder engine that produces 212 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque.

2020 Lexus UX Hybrid

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38 mpg in the city/41 mpg on the highway
The 2020 Lexus UX Hybrid has more horsepower than its non-hybrid counterpart. It has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood and two electric motors that are good for 181 horsepower combined.

2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

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41 mpg in the city/38 mpg on the highway
The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is designed to be peppier and more fuel-efficient than that non-Hybrid RAV4. It has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that together produce 219 horsepower. A continuously variable transmission rounds out its powertrain.

2020 Ford Escape Hybrid

2020 Ford Escape Hybrid

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44 mpg in the city/37 mpg on the highway
The 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid edges out much of the SUV field as one of the most fuel-efficient SUV out there. Completely redesigned for the new model year, the Escape Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine and electric motor that combine to produce 198 horsepower.

2020 Kia Niro

2020 Kia Niro

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52 mpg in the city/49 mpg on the highway
The Kia Niro's powertrain wasn't designed to blow anyone's doors off. It's made up of a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with an electric motor. A six-speed dual-clutch transmission completes the powertrain, which achieves 139 horsepower.

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When it was new in 2005, this Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG Kompressor was merely a traditional G-Wagon with a hand-built, supercharged AMG 5.5-liter V8 under the hood, a boxy body, and a rigid frame that only those that scoot around L.A.'s smooth streets could love.

But then someone (read: not the current owner) had an idea.: 6x6 it. So, Squared Customs did.

The now six-wheeled utility vehicle has an extensive list of modifications. Its exterior is finished in a Designo Magno Matte Gray paint job and accented by carbon fiber fenders, snorkel, and hood scoop. There's also full differential locks, portal axles, forged wheels, and fresh exterior lighting. The bed is made of composite decking.

2005 Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG 6x6: 6x6 conversion, plus many other modifications

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The ute's dimensions match a traditional 6x6 from the manufacturer.

The original engine, which produces 469 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, and five-speed automatic transmission have not been altered. It also has its original Brabus bi-xenon black headlights.

The upgraded interior features black quilted leather upholstery and carbon fiber trim. It also has a 5.0-inch infotainment touch screen, navigation, a Harman/Kardon premium audio system, power-adjustable front and rear seats with memory, heated front and rear seats, automatic climate control, a multi-function steering wheel, and SmartKey.

The model is currently up for sale on Cars & Bids. With six days left in the auction, the bids are up to $47,000 at the time of publication.

The seller, out of Deerfield Beach, Florida, reports that despite its 15-year age, the ute only has 97,800 miles on the odometer. It comes with two keys and an owners manual.

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The Nikola Badger will debut with a tap for drinking water.

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When it comes to emissions, there's little that beats the cleanliness of hydrogen fuel cell technology. Though it has a mineral-rich battery pack, the model is fueled by hydrogen. The only thing that comes out of the tailpipe is water vapor.

That water vapor can either be absorbed into the atmosphere or, in the case of the Nikola Badger, become part of a drinking fountain system, as reveled in a tweet earlier this week.

Take a look at the back end of the Badger. That's right, you will be able to tap that.

Nikola Badger The Nikola Badger can be reserved online today.Photo courtesy of Nikola Corporation

A recent tweet from Nikola Founder and CEO Trevor Milton promised that a drinking fountain would be in the truck. Inn fact, the company had already narrowed it down to two designs and chosen the winner.

A hot a cold tap are promised, with safeguards to prevent accidental emissions and splashing.

Aside from the engineering, the question about the safety of drinking the water is a valid one. There are technologies, including hydropanels, that capture water vapor and turn it into drinking water. Other technologies, like Akvo AWGs, do similar things via a different, multi-step process.

Toyota does not recommend drinking the water vapor from its hydrogen fuel cell-powered Mirai, however Hyundai touts the ability to do so, even going so far as to creating a publicity stunt wherein Olympic swimmer Mireia Belmonte ran on a treadmill inside a plastic bubble while the Nexo's tailpipe was hooked up pumping in emissions.

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The engineering behind taking the emitted water vapor from the truck's tailpipe to a drinking fountain has yet to be seen. A prototype of the Nikola Badger has yet to be seen by the public despite the fact that top-tier reservations for the model have already sold out.

The Nikola Badger is slated to debut later this year as part of the festivities surrounding Nikola World.

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