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.
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander
The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander has the best gas mileage compared to all other non hybrid 7 passenger vehicles. However, that doesn’t mean that it loses to hybrid models. It is available in 4 different trims (ES, SE, SE 4WD, GT) and the ES and SE trims have earned a rating of 25 mpg city, 31 highway, 27 combined. These two trims (as well as the SE 4WD) are powered by a 4-cylinder 2.4L engine that produces 166HP @ 6,000 rpm. The GT trim has a more powerful 3.0L V6 motor coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The result of course is better performance but worst fuel efficiency since its MPG rating is 20city/28highway/23combined.
2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid has an estimated fuel efficiency of 27 miles per gallon when driving in the city and 28 miles per gallon for highway driving. It is powered powered by a 3.5L V6 and three electric motors that produce a combined 280HP. The MSRP of the Highlander Hybrid is $47,300.
2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid
The 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid is a large luxury crossover that comes in 2 different models, one with AWD and one without. The EPA estimated fuel economy for the AWD model is 25city/28highway while for the base model 26city/28highway. Both models are powered by a 2.5-liter supercharged I4 motor and an electric motor. The result is 250HP.
2014 Acura MDX
The 2014 Acura MDX is a highly rated luxury midsized Crossover. It is equipped with a 3.5-liter, V6 engine that is rated 290HP and 267 pound-feet of torque. The EPA estimated fuel economy for the FWD model is 20 city, 28 highway and 23 combined. Finally, the MSRP for the 2014 Acura MDX is $42,290.
2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid
The final entry of this list is the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid. It is powered by 2.5-liter 4-cylinder SuperCharged engine with 15 kW electric motor and is rated 25/28 City/Highway MPG. It is available in three trims (SV, SL and SL Premium) and the starting MSRP for the base model is $35,300.
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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.