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Best Mileage Crossovers: Top 11 Fuel-Efficient New Crossover SUVS

2. BMW X5 xDrive40e: Plug-In-SUV Machine

Base price: $63,095
EPA fuel-economy rating: 56 MPGe

Draw a few hour’s initial charge from the power grid and this German automaker’s first plug-in hybrid crossover can travel 13 miles on pure electric power, getting you through a round of in-town errands in emissions-free luxury. After that, its turbocharged four-cylinder engine teams up with the electric motor in a conventional-hybrid handshake. That automatically runs the handsome midsize SUV on either power source, or both, for the best balance of performance and economy. All propulsion sources combined, this five-seat crossover rates 56 MPGe. It’ll reach 75 mph on the electric motor alone, and you can choose when to burn that 13 miles of EV range via the Save Battery mode.

Icing on the green cake: it’s an X5 with BMW’s xDrive awd. That means its among the world’s best crossovers. A rock-solid blend of luxury, responsive road manners, and advanced features justifies BMW’s alias, “Sports Activity Vehicle.” Working in concert, the 2.0-liter engine and the electric motor integrated into the 8-speed automatic transmission produce 308 horsepower and 322 pound-feet of torque to propel the roomy wagon from 0-60 mph in a lively 6.5 seconds. Housing the lithium-ion battery pack beneath the luggage compartment floor eliminates the third-row seat offered on other X5s, though lots of cool options are available, including the M Sport package. And luggage space — a generous 34.2 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 72.5 with it folded — is undiminished.

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