Despite being called sport-utility vehicles, we generally don't think of SUVs as sporty in the same sense we would a sports sedan like the BMW 3 Series or Infiniti G37. In an era of 40 mpg cars, SUVs also aren't your best ticket to fuel efficiency.
Nevertheless, here are some suggestions, using an EPA highway rating of at least 26 mpg as the point of entry for SUVs and wagons that have adult-size space in the rear seat.
The Subaru Outback (24/30 mpg city/highway) and Toyota Venza (20/26 mpg) are wagons with SUV pretentions. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid (28/28 mpg) and similar Lexus RX 450h (32/28 mpg) are SUVs that lack sporting attributes but answer your requests for passenger room and efficiency.
Other SUVs that may qualify include the BMW X5 xDrive35d diesel (19/26 mpg) and front-drive versions of the Chevrolet Equinox four-cylinder (22/32 mpg), the Dodge Journey four-cylinder (19/26 mpg), the Ford Edge (19/27 mpg with a V-6 and 21/30 mpg with a turbocharged four-cylinder) and the Honda CR-V (23/31 mpg).
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