With gas prices remaining on the high side, many car buyers are switching to small, high-mile-per-gallon (mpg) cars. But maybe you don’t have that option: You have to haul kids, their friends, and their gear. Or you need to tow your boat on weekends or haul heavy supplies for your garden. You need a pickup or SUV, but you still want one with gas mileage that will stretch the time between fill-ups.

You’re in luck. Manufacturers have made advances in gas mileage for these large vehicles, with hybrids and other gas-saving technology. Part of the motivation comes from government regulations requiring that each manufacturer hit an average 35.5 mpg for all its vehicles by 2016. But high gas prices provide a ready market for those higher-mileage vehicles.

Pickups

Though the average gas mileage of pickups sold recently was just 16.4 mpg, according to auto-price service www.TrueCar.com, the diligent shopper can find choices with much better mileage. Here are some of the best:

  • 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid: 20 mpg city, 23 mpg highway
  • 2011 Ford F-150: 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway
  • 2011 Toyota Tacoma: 21 mpg city, 25 mpg highway

SUVs

Since the introduction of electronic stability control, which helps prevent rollover accidents, SUVs no longer present the safety concern they once did. Midsize and smaller, crossover SUVs offer strong gas mileage choices:

  • 2011 Toyota Highlander: 28 mpg city, 28 mpg highway
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: 17 mpg city, 25 mpg highway
  • 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid: 30 mpg city, 27 mpg highway
  • 2011 Hyundai Tucson: 22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway

If a high-mileage pickup or SUV is right for you, come to CapEd for financing. Our low auto-loan rates can help you save even bigger.

Copyright 2011 CUNA Inc.

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