December 1, 2020 By Jack Nerad, Lyndon Bell

When the time comes to buy your next vehicle, you will likely consider an SUV. American consumers love the utility, versatility, and high seating position an SUV offers them. But one issue that has traditionally kept some folks from buying an SUV is fuel economy. Traditional SUVs have a reputation as fuel-thirsty. These days, though, that reputation no longer applies, as this roundup of the best fuel-economy SUVs demonstrates quite clearly. Since we believe utility and economy are two of the biggest factors involved in purchasing high-fuel-mileage SUVs, we intentionally left out pure electric sport utilities and high-end luxury models. They are typically too expensive to be a high-value choice when those parameters are paramount. With those ground rules in place, here are the best fuel-economy SUVs of 2021.