What AWD car has the best gas economic 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 the very best?”

It is a query we hear usually.

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

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

Gasoline costs could also be low cost in the meanwhile, however six years of
steadily rising company common gas economic 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 best EPA scores for gasoline mileage amongst
all-wheel-drive automobiles.

However a few new entries leapfrog Subaru’s best
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 massive 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 may 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 out a plug) this 12 months is
the 2017 BMW 328d xDrive diesel wagon fitted with all-wheel

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: Fuel Mileage Overview

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 shall be significantly costlier to purchase
than any of the opposite three.

Consequently, its complete price per mile will fluctuate so much relying
in your native distinction between diesel gas 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, when it comes to sheer rated gas 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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