2017 Toyota RAV4 vs Honda CR-V vs Nissan Rogue vs Subaru Forester: Fuel Economy Challenge

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Please excuse us for the long title but every vehicle named above count as they are all rated highly in the compact SUV segment. It got us motivated to find out which of the four can return the best fuel economy of all.

Starting with the CR-V that runs on the new Civic-sourced 1.5L turbo-4 engine, the vehicle is rated to return 28mpg city and 34mpg highway. This is better than the 2016 model but a 1mpg worse if the CR-V Turbo is operating on the AWD system.

As for the RAV4, the vehicle’s best achievement is 23mpg city and 30mpg highway. But of course, this is for the gasoline-powered models. If you are to pick the hybrid variant, you can enjoy 34mpg city and 30mpg highway.

Moving on to the Subaru Forester, its best achievement is 26mpg city and 32mpg highway. This is a hair behind the Nissan Rogue, which managed to achieve 26mpg city and 33mpg highway.

The above confirms that the RAV4 Hybrid is the champion in fuel economy but it is also worth noting that the compact SUV is the only one with a hybrid powertrain. If gasoline is the only mode of measurement, then victory belongs to the Honda Civic.