The title says with good and not great gas mileage simply because unfortunately none of the 7 passenger vehicles in the market today (not even the hybrid ones) offer great gas mileage. I guess this is one of the main disadvantages of big cars. Nonetheless, below is a list of the most fuel efficient cars that can carry 7 or more people.
Toyota Highlander Hybrid 4WD
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid 4WD has an estimated fuel efficiency of 28 miles per gallon when driving in the city and 28 miles per gallon for highway driving. You can check a list of the available 7 passenger hybrid vehicles here.
Mitsubishi Outlander 2WD
The Outlander has an estimated MPG of 23city/28highway. The 4WD version also provides good mileage with an estimated mpg of 22city/27highway
Toyota RAV4 2WD
Toyota’s RAV4 2WD with its 4 cylinder 2.5L engine has an estimated MPG of 22city/28highway. The 4WD model gets 21 mpg when driving in the city and 27 on the highway. However, since the 3rd row seat is an optional addon that adds to the vehicle weight, gas mileage may suffer a bit.
Kia Sorento 2WD
The Kia Sorento 2WD with a 4 cylinder 2.4L engine gets 21 mpg of city driving and 29 on the highway.
Tips for Better Gas Mileage
It is common knowledge that different drivers can get different gas mileage from the same car depending on their driving style and various other factors. Below are some basic tips to help you improve your gas mileage. Some of those are well known, but even a reminder can’t be a bad thing.
Keep Your Car Well Maintained
Keeping your vehicle in good shape can have significant positive effects in fuel efficiency. The three most important thing that you should make sure you do are, keeping your engine well tuned, your tires properly inflated and you should make sure that you use the recommended grade of motor oil. Another tip that is usually mentioned is to replace clogged air filters. However, new research data have shown that replacing a clogged air filter can improve performance but it will not improve fuel economy.
Drive More Efficiently
Driving style can have a huge impact on fuel economy. Aggressive driving is not only more dangerous but it is also wasting your hard earned money. Try to drive at constant speed when possible (using cruise control is a must) and accelerate and brake gradually. Rapid acceleration and hitting the brakes at the last minute can lower gas mileage by 33% according to fueleconomy.gov.
Additionally, obeying the speed limits will not only make your ride safer and help you avoid speeding tickets but it will also help you save gas and money. Generally speaking going above 60 miles per hour can greatly reduce fuel economy.
Finally, a few general tips that can help you save gas and money.
- Don’t Idle.
- Don’t keep any unnecessary heavy items in your car.
- Try not to mess with your cars aerodynamics.
- Plan your trips and errands.
- Try to avoid rush hour.
- Don’t use your car anymore than you need to.
If you have any more tips for better gas mileage that I may have overlooked feel free to add them in the comments below.