Muscle per Gallon: Compact SUVs

We rated cars' mix of performance and fuel economy (the muscle per gallon index).

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To rate cars' mix of performance and fuel economy (the muscle per gallon index), we multiplied the horsepower rating by the city MPG number, then divided by 100.

Rank Make Model Base MSRP Engine Type Horsepower City MPG Muscle per gallon index
1 Ford Escape Hybrid $26,505 Gas/electric I4 155 34 52.7
2 Toyota RAV4 $26,820 Gas V6 269 19 51.1
3 BMW X3 $38,000 Gas I6 260 19 49.4
4 Mercury Mariner Hybrid $28,945 Gas/electric I4 155 29 45.0
5 Subaru Forester $26,995 Turbo gas 4-cyl 224 19 42.6
6 Pontiac Torrent $27,820 Gas V6 264 16 42.2
6 Chevrolet Equinox $27,820 Gas V6 264 16 42.2
8 Saturn Vue $26,800 Gas V6 257 16 41.1
9 Dodge Nitro $24,665 Gas V6 255 16 40.8
9 Acura RDX $33,195 Gas I4 240 17 40.8
11 Suzuki XL7 $26,299 Gas V6 252 16 40.3
12 Kia Sorento $26,195 Gas V6 262 15 39.3
13 Nissan Xterra $28,740 Gas V6 261 15 39.2
14 Dodge Nitro $19,595 Gas V6 210 18 37.8
15 Mitsubishi Outlander $23,870 Gas V6 220 17 37.4
16 Land Rover LR2 $33,985 Gas I6 230 16 36.8
17 Jeep Patriot $15,475 Gas I4 158 23 36.3
17 Kia Sorento $24,195 Gas V6 242 15 36.3
19 Jeep Compass $18,225 Gas I4 172 21 36.1
20 Mercury Mariner $24,055 Gas V6 200 18 36.0
21 Nissan Rogue $20,570 Gas I4 170 21 35.7
22 Toyota RAV4 $24,225 Gas I4 166 21 34.9
23 Subaru Forester $21,195 Gas flat 4-cyl 173 20 34.6
24 Jeep Patriot $21,945 Gas I4 172 20 34.4
25 Mazda Tribute $26,505 Gas V6 200 17 34.0
25 Ford Escape $25,755 Gas V6 200 17 34.0
27 Mitsubishi Outlander $19,990 Gas I4 168 20 33.6
28 Saturn Vue $24,370 Gas V6 222 15 33.3
29 Honda CR-V $26,700 Gas I4 166 20 33.2
29 Jeep Compass $22,255 Gas I4 158 21 33.2
31 Saturn Vue $21,250 Gas I4 169 19 32.1
32 Jeep Liberty $26,125 Gas V6 210 15 31.5
32 Suzuki Grand Vitara $23,749 Gas V6 185 17 31.5
32 Pontiac Torrent $24,845 Gas V6 185 17 31.5
32 Chevrolet Equinox $27,515 Gas V6 185 17 31.5
36 Mercury Mariner $21,155 Gas I4 153 20 30.6
36 Ford Escape $20,005 Gas I4 153 20 30.6
38 Jeep Wrangler $20,795 Gas V6 202 15 30.3
39 Kia Sportage $21,395 Gas V6 173 17 29.4
39 Hyundai Tucson $22,735 Gas V6 173 17 29.4
41 Mazda Tribute $23,075 Gas I4 153 19 29.1
42 Hyundai Tucson $17,235 Gas I4 140 20 28.0
43 Saturn Vue Hybrid $24,170 Gas/electric I4 172 16 27.5
44 Kia Sportage $19,045 Gas I4 140 19 26.6
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