The Top 5 Fuel-Efficient SUVs that Filipinos Love

by / Friday, 20 June 2014 / Published in Automotive News

In a country where bigger is better, it’s no wonder that Filipinos just love their big cars. Just ask your average Juan what his dream car is and he’ll most likely mention a model of a shiny SUV or a macho pickup truck – with a flawless exhaust system and a robust set of tires, of course!

But with gas prices on the rise, the SUV can be a very expensive investment. This is why we’ve come up with a list of fuel-efficient SUVs readily available in the Philippine market. If you’re ever shopping around for a new SUV, here are just a few models that you might want to take out for a test drive.

In finalizing this list, we’ve decided to include both diesel and gasoline powered models. Because, let’s face it, if we only judged fuel efficiency by the tried and tested method of kilometers-per-liter, diesel wins over gasoline by a mile. And since not everyone’s a fan of the diesel engine, we thought it would be best to give you the best of both worlds.

Hyundai Tucson 2.0

Hyundai Tucson 2.0 GL CRDi

Fuel Consumption: 9.5km/l

At 9.5 km/l, you’d think that you’re not saving a lot of money, but after reading a report that states that the average SUV runs at 5.53km/l, the Hyundai Tucson just suddenly became a lot more attractive to the discerning consumer. If only Hyundai offered a 2WD diesel variety, then it would definitely be around the #2 or #3 spot.

Nissan Navara 4X2 MT

Nissan Navara 4X2 MT

Fuel Consumption: 10.2km/l

Although not exactly an SUV, this list just isn’t complete without mention of at least one pick up. We all know just how much Filipinos love their trucks. At 10.2km/l, the Navara is the perfect vehicle for both short and long drives that require some heavy hauling.

Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester 2.0 X

Fuel Consumption: 11km/l

If you’re looking to mix Japanese ingenuity with European aesthetic, then the Subaru Forester is probably your best bet. At 11km/l, some experts believe that you can squeeze in at least 3 kilometers more with a lighter tap on the gas pedal.

Montero Sport

Mitsubishi Montero Sport GLS-V

Fuel Consumption: 13.5km/l

Take a look around and you’ll be amazed by how popular the Montero has gotten these past years. With its powerful engine and classy design, Filipinos are not just engrossed with the Montero, they’re downright passionate about it. And who wouldn’t? It’s the perfect ride for those who value not just fuel efficiency, but reliable performance as well.

Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento EX Diesel 4X2 AT

Fuel Consumption: 14.92km/l

Last but not the least is the Kia Sorento. This SUV doesn’t just perform, but it’s also the most efficient at 14.92km/l. This stylish, tech-savvy ride is perfect for the younger generation of drivers, who are ready to take the less travelled road to uncover their passions.

Do you have any strong contenders you would like to suggest for the most fuel efficient SUV here in the Philippines? Let us know in the comments section below!

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