What AWD automobile has the very best gasoline economic system?

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2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sport Wagon, New York Metropolis, Jun 2014
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“I desire a fuel-efficient automotive, however I reside in a snowy space, and
will not purchase one with out all-wheel drive; what’s the very best?”

It is a query we hear typically.

Whether or not or not you agree that AWD is a must have in wintry
climes, the number of vehicles with excessive gasoline economic system
and AWD is proscribed.

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2014 BMW 328d xDrive: 40-MPG Diesel Sport Wagon
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Gas costs could also be low-cost in the mean time, however six years of
steadily rising company common gasoline economic system guidelines have had
an impact on EPA rankings for 2017 automobiles.

For a few years, the Subaru Impreza compact sedan and hatchback
had the very best EPA rankings for gasoline mileage amongst
all-wheel-drive automobiles.

However a few new entries leapfrog Subaru’s most effective
automobile, which for 2017 stays the Impreza, at 31 mpg
mixed.

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Feb 2016
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The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, when fitted with AWD, is available in at 32
mpg mixed, and has been promoting in massive numbers since its
launch two years in the past.

However there’s one other automobile that tops even Toyota’s hybrid
compact crossover—although, admittedly, you may be hard-pressed to
discover one a lot beneath $50,000.

As this EPA fuel-economy rankings comparability exhibits,
essentially the most fuel-efficient automobile (with out a plug) this 12 months is
the 2017 BMW 328d xDrive diesel wagon fitted with all-wheel
drive.

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2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: Fuel Mileage Assessment

The 328d xDrive wagon (in addition to the sedan mannequin of the identical
automotive) is available in at 34 mpg mixed.

That is excessive for an AWD automobile: 2 mpg mixed higher than the
RAV4 Hybrid and three mpg higher than the Impreza 5-door.

The Impreza’s crossover sibling, the upper and body-cladded
2018 Crosstrek, is available in decrease but, at 29 mpg mixed.

2017 Subaru Impreza, Pacific Southwest Railway Museum,
Campo, California, Dec 2016
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Notice that the BMW can be significantly costlier to purchase
than any of the opposite three.

Consequently, its whole value per mile will fluctuate lots relying
in your native distinction between diesel gasoline and gasoline
(which varies from state to state), what number of miles you drive,
and the way lengthy you retain your automotive.

CHECK OUT:
2017 Subaru Impreza: first drive of AWD compact sedan,
hatch

Nonetheless, when it comes to sheer rated gasoline economic system, the BMW 328d
xDrive pair are the AWD fuel-economy champions this 12 months.
(Do not name it “gasoline mileage” …)

Over to you, Subaru.

[hat tip: Steve Wann]

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