What AWD car has the very best gasoline financial system?


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 one of the 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 collection of vehicles with excessive gasoline financial system
and AWD is restricted.

2014 BMW 328d xDrive: 40-MPG Diesel Sport Wagon

Gas costs could also be low-cost in the mean time, however six years of
steadily rising company common gasoline financial system guidelines have had
an impact on EPA scores for 2017 automobiles.

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

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

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 giant numbers since its
launch two years in the past.

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

As this EPA fuel-economy scores comparability exhibits,
probably the most fuel-efficient car (with no plug) this yr is
the 2017 BMW 328d xDrive diesel wagon fitted with all-wheel

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: Fuel Mileage Evaluate

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 car: 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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Word that the BMW will probably be significantly dearer to purchase
than any of the opposite three.

Consequently, its whole price per mile will differ rather a lot 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.

2017 Subaru Impreza: first drive of AWD compact sedan,

Nonetheless, by way of sheer rated gasoline financial system, the BMW 328d
xDrive pair are the AWD fuel-economy champions this yr.
(Do not name it “fuel mileage” …)

Over to you, Subaru.

[hat tip: Steve Wann]


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