A lot of talk is devoted to cars over 40 MPG, we even start to regularly see numbers of cars over 40 MPG plus. But while looking for an SUV under 25k a thought occurred. We really don't talk much about the sport utility miles per gallon. Today we change that.
The talk lately is about tiny little electric vehicles. And while it's great to see some huge number like 50 miles per gallon, how many of us are going to drive a shopping car with an electric engine? Reality is we have kids. Reality is we need a vehicle that will take the groceries home for a family in one trip. Reality is we need more 30 MPG SUVs.
Lets face it, we all want to drive cars over 40 MPG. But if you have to put a luggage rack on the roof just to run errands, you're doing it wrong. When you look for used cars Springfield IL, things like available seating matters. Trunk space matters. Safety? Well it matters.
And price matters to, which is why while we're looking at 30 MPG SUVS, we'll also make things even more interesting. All these cars will be an SUV under 25k using their base options. So events like the Count on Chevy Event and Nissan National Tent Event are not factored.
"Efficient" isn't often used when you consider the Kia Sportage, the Hyundai Tuscon, 2011 Nissan Juke, 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander, and the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox. And yet all are near the top of their class for efficient SUVs.
Impressively the 2011 Nissan Juke was the best in the city, at a 27 MPG city, and with the Nissan National Tent Event, it's even more attractive. Pretty incredible when you consider the Hyundai Tucson, 2011 edition, was four MPG less.
The 2011 Chevrolet Equinox tied for best highway mileage at 32 MPG in our informal survey, and it has some additional incentives at the Count on Chevy Event as well. We were quite impressed as well by the improvements the Kia Sportage saw this year to its mileage over our now used Kia Sportage counterpart gaining an extra five MPG HWY.
Now would we love to see this mileage go even higher? Absolutely. But when you can get near 30 MPG city in a Juke, or get the cargo space of a Equinox for under $25k, it makes the desire to wander looking at used cars in Springfield IL a lot less rewarding when I can buy something more efficient for not much more new.