7. Mini Countryman
Overall MPG: 26 | City MPG: 19 | Highway MPG: 33
The Mini (Cooper) Countryman is a dream come true for those who are stuck between a car or an SUV. This small SUV is recognized as Mini’s “jumbo” vehicle. Different than the other Minis, the Countryman is taller, but still offers the compact size and fun driving capabilities consumers are looking for. Based on the previous generation Cooper, the Mini Countryman is equipped with enhanced handling, acceleration, and transmission, not to mention its reliability is above average. And of course, fuel economy is great for an SUV-like vehicle, averaging an overall 26 MPG. The Mini Countryman is rated 7.8 out of 10.
6. Subaru Crosstrek
Overall MPG: 26 | City MPG: 19 | Highway MPG: 34
While many may associate Subaru with small sports cars that appeal to “gear heads,” Subaru also provides a number of high-performing SUVs, such as the Subaru Crosstrek. Although the Crosstrek is categorized in the smaller-sized SUVs, it provides a spacious interior compared to its similar hatchback competitors. If you’re into off-roading and exploring nature’s muddy, snowy, and slushy thoroughfare, this may be the ideal vehicle for you. While still small, the Subaru Crosstrek provides a raised ride height that assists in powering through a number of road conditions. The Subaru Crosstrek averages 34 MPG on the highway and an overall 26 MPG. US News ranks the Crosstrek at 7.5 out of 10.
5. Mercedes-Benz GLA 250
Overall MPG: 26 | City MPG: 19 | Highway MPG: 35
Mercedes-Benz is recognized as one of the premiere luxury vehicle manufacturers across the globe. Although this vehicle is a bit on the pricey side, consumers reap a number of benefits with the Mercedes-Benz GLA model. Similar to a wagon design, the GLA yields an average of 26 MPG overall. This vehicle is quite the looker on the exterior, and you can expect the same in the interior as well. Some optional features in the Mercedes GLA include automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and even lane assistance. The Mercedes GLA-Class holds the number two spot for luxury subcompact SUVs.