Muscle per Gallon: Midsize 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 Toyota Highlander Hybrid $39,950 Gas/electric V6 209 27 56.4
2 Jeep Grand Cherokee $38,555 Gas V8 330 17 56.1
3 Lexus RX 400h $42,680 Gas/electric V6 208 26 54.1
4 BMW X5 $54,500 Gas V8 350 15 52.5
5 Porsche Cayenne $57,900 Gas V8 385 13 50.1
6 Lexus RX 350 $37,400 Gas V6 270 18 48.6
7 Saab 9-7X $46,010 Gas V8 390 12 46.8
7 Chevrolet Trailblazer $35,250 Gas V8 390 12 46.8
7 Jeep Grand Cherokee $40,725 Gas V8 425 11 46.8
10 Volkswagen Touareg 2 $68,340 Diesel V10 310 15 46.5
11 Toyota Highlander $34,150 Gas V6 270 17 45.9
12 Acura MDX $47,995 Gas V6 300 15 45.0
13 GMC Acadia $38,280 Gas V6 275 16 44.0
13 Buick Enclave $35,005 Gas V6 275 16 44.0
15 Saturn Outlook $30,260 Gas V6 270 16 43.2
16 Jeep Grand Cherokee $39,105 Diesel V6 330 13 42.9
17 Lincoln MKX $35,605 Gas V6 265 16 42.4
17 Ford Edge $27,560 Gas V6 265 16 42.4
19 Jeep Grand Cherokee $30,490 Gas V8 302 14 42.3
20 Audi Q7 $58,600 Gas V8 350 12 42.0
21 Infiniti FX $50,100 Gas V8 320 13 41.6
21 Cadillac SRX $44,615 Gas V8 320 13 41.6
23 Mazda CX-7 $23,750 Gas I4 244 17 41.5
24 Infiniti FX $39,550 Gas V6 275 15 41.3
25 Hyundai Santa Fe $25,850 Gas V6 242 17 41.1
26 Subaru Tribeca $37,795 Gas 6-cyl 256 16 41.0
27 Porsche Cayenne $46,400 Gas V6 290 14 40.6
28 Volvo XC90 $49,870 Gas V8 311 13 40.4
29 Mercedes-Benz R $42,100 Gas V6 268 15 40.2
30 Saab 9-7X $39,880 Gas I6 285 14 39.9
30 Nissan Pathfinder $37,220 Gas V6 266 15 39.9
30 Chevrolet Trailblazer $31,570 Gas V8 285 14 39.9
30 GMC Envoy $29,755 Gas I6 285 14 39.9
30 Isuzu Ascender $27,149 Gas I6 285 14 39.9
35 Audi Q7 $48,350 Gas V6 280 14 39.2
35 Volkswagen Touareg 2 $39,300 Gas V6 280 14 39.2
37 Honda Pilot $33,645 Gas V6 244 16 39.0
37 Saab 9-7X $42,250 Gas V8 300 13 39.0
37 GMC Envoy $36,745 Gas V8 300 13 39.0
37 Nissan Pathfinder $33,070 Gas V8 300 13 39.0
38 Hyundai Veracruz $30,300 Gas V6 260 15 39.0
42 Mercedes Benz R $45,600 Diesel V6 215 18 38.7
42 Jeep Grand Cherokee $28,520 Gas/ethanol V8 215 18 38.7
44 Cadillac SRX $37,615 Gas V6 255 15 38.3
45 Toyota FJ Cruiser $22,545 Gas V6 239 16 38.2
46 Ford Explorer $36,090 Gas V8 292 13 38.0
46 Mercury Mountaineer $32,370 Gas V8 292 13 38.0
46 Chrysler Pacifica $34,150 Gas V6 253 15 38.0
49 Toyota 4Runner $36,975 Gas V6 236 16 37.8
50 Volkswagen Touareg 2 $48,390 Gas V8 310 12 37.2
51 Lexus GX $46,815 Gas V8 263 14 36.8
52 Toyota 4Runner $33,980 Gas V8 260 14 36.4
53 Land Rover LR3 $48,525 Gas V8 300 12 36.0
54 Mitsubishi Endeavor $29,099 Gas V6 225 15 33.8
55 Hummer H3 $30,595 Gas V8 242 13 31.5
55 Hyundai Santa Fe $22,850 Gas V6 185 17 31.5
57 Jeep Grand Cherokee $35,965 Diesel V6 235 13 30.6
58 Chrysler Pacifica $24,635 Gas V6 200 15 30.0
59 Mercury Mountaineer $28,600 Gas V6 210 13 27.3
59 Ford Explorer $28,305 Gas V6 210 13 27.3
Note: Excludes cars over $90,000.
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