SUVs With The Best Gas Mileage

by on December 14, 2011

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For those consumers with larger families, they are generally looking for vehicles that seat 7 or more people, and because there are so many makes and models available, it comes down to price and fuel efficiency.  For many people all those extra features are “nice to have goodies”, but what is it going to cost to run the vehicle on a daily basis becomes the major theme.

These vehicles that seat 7 come in a variety of different styles that appeal to a wide range of consumers from these SUVs that are designed for the larger family to the luxury versions with every comfort that the designers and engineers can imagine and build.

The models that make the top of the list with the best features and fuel economy include the following:

Honda Odyssey: 

This model is actually a minivan that is a 7 seat vehicle that averages 17 mpg while driving through town and 27 mpg out on the highway.  It has some great features including power sliding doors, heated side mirrors equipped with turn signals, and high density headlights.  The interior is luxurious with plenty of legroom and comfortable seating, and it’s voice command capable for both Navigation and Bluetooth.  In addition, it’s equipped with a multi view rear camera for safety and ease in backing up, and it’s equipped with ABS braking systems, traction control, stability assist, tire pressure monitoring features.

Buick Enclave:

In the crossover class, the Buick Enclave is a 7 passenger SUV that averages 17 mpg in the city and up to 24 mpg on the highway.  It’s designed with three rows of luxurious, comfortable seating with many features that make the driver and the passengers comfortable while providing many safety features.  The interior has three climate control zones for everyone’s comfort, and a sound system with special noise blocking technology ensuring the sound is enhanced even with the city and driving noises.  It’s six speed transmission has a 288 horsepower V6 engine providing exceptional performance and great fuel economy.

Dodge Grand Caravan:

Another in the list of great 7 seater vehicle is the Dodge Grand Caravan that’s another in the line of minivans.  This great SUV gets an average of 17 mpg around town and 25 mpg out traveling the highways. Owners love the Stow’n Go seats that allow the second and third rows of seating to be folded down into the floor for additional storage space and there’s no fumbling to release and remove the seats, they easily fold down.  It has a 3.6 liter V6 engine that is equipped with a six speed automatic transmission and there are a number of safety features including stability control, traction control, and anti-lock brakes.

Toyota Sienna XLE:

One of the highly rated of the SUVs that seat 7 is the Toyota Sienna XLE with an estimated 19 mpg in town and 24 mpg out on the highway.  Passengers have plenty of leg room and with a tri-zone climate control everyone can be comfortable because there are individual settings for the driver, and front passenger, plus the rear seating.  It comes with a voice activated touch screen DVD navigation system with a panoramic camera for integrated backup safety in both regular and wide angle viewing.   There’s also a dual view entertainment center with a 16.4” display and two wireless headphones.  It’s 187 horsepower 3.5 liter engine makes it powerful and economical at the same time and it’s many safety features makes it a great vehicle for the whole family.

Toyota Highlander:

One final 7 seater SUV that is highly rated in its class is the Toyota Highlander with an estimated 20 mpg in the city and up to 25 mpg on the highway.  Passengers and driver will all be comfortable with the three zones of climate control and separate control panels for the front and rear seat passengers. It has a AM/FM radio and CD player that is equipped with MP3 compatibility and six speakers.  It’s 3.5 inch information display has an integrated backup camera display in addition to outside temperature display and many other features.  The seats are adjustable and have additional lumbar support for the driver and front seat passenger.  It’s designed with a 3.5 liter double overhead cam engine providing 270 horsepower giving it a high level of performance when needed.

These are just a few of the highly rated 7 seater SUVs and minivans that provide great fuel economy yet still have all the comforts and features of the luxury models.  There are numerous other models from which to choose, and the perfect model for the family is ripe for the picking.

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