SUV Gas Mileage
If you ever wonder why there is a steep rise in the prices of automobile fuels, then the rise in the SUV market is one of the most major reasons. The SUV means a Sports Utility Vehicle. The SUVs have been classified as trucks rather than the passenger vehicles. This is the main reason that the SUVs are excused from every Government gas mileage and other norms.
If you take a look at the long list of the SUVs and their gas mileages, then you will understand the impact of the SUVs on the marketplace. But, probably the most important and the best received news is that the automakers are taking their responsibility more and more seriously. Many leading automakers today are striving to create new hybrid cars that are efficient in gas mileage as well as are perfect luxury cars.
In 2007 Ford motors was successful in creating a masterpiece and a revolution in technology, when they created and rolled out the first commercial hybrid car, the Ford Escape Hybrid. The Escape took the crown in 2007 itself of the best gas mileage car in the world in the SUV category. The front wheel drive version of the Escape gives 31 miles per galleon in the city and 29 MPG on highway. While the four wheel drive of the same version of the car, delivers 28 MPG in city and 27 MPG on the highway.
The Mercury's version of the Escape called the Mariner, gives out a similar mileage. Both the companies, Ford Motors and Mercury, use a 2.3 liter four cylinder engines that are properly mated to the CVT automatic transmissions for the Escape and the Mariner Hybrid cars. These numbers represent the grand start for Ford Motors as it strives to cancel out the mileage figures that are mated out by the Ford Expedition and Ford Explorers that are having the V-8 engines that give out bad mileage.
The Lexus and the Toyota are another of the producers of some of the most economic hybrid cars that are now up for sale. The Lexus and Toyota have been successful in the creation of a high-MPG pair of cars which not only have high mileage but also don't compromise on the comfort and the luxury standards.
The two wheel drive versions of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid and the Lexus RX 400 boast of a 3.3 liter 6cylinder engines, combined with the CVT automatic transmissions that help the cars deliver an astonishing 28 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway. The Lexus and Toyota has successfully developed proper technology so that the 4 WD or the 4 wheel drive versions of the Toyota Highlander and the Lexus RX400h come in just a fraction less 27 MPG in City and 24 MPG on Highway.
With all the other major auto makers in league, the General Motors has also succeeded in introducing its own Saturn Vue Hybrid that also puts up a great show of 23MPG in City and 29 MPG on the Highway.