There are many reasons it takes a lot of gas to run a traditional SUV: most are built on truck platforms, so they're large and heavy; it takes a big engine to move all that weight around; and, because less aerodynamic than most cars, SUVs have to work harder to overcome air resistance.
Fortunately, there are alternatives, such as the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system from Subaru. This is a full-time system that combines a powerful aluminum boxer engine, a strong but lightweight transmission and centre differential, and an aerodynamic alloy body frame that's designed for maximum occupant protection.
The result is a great combination of strength for safety and rigidity for handling and durability.
Just as important, this Symmetrical AWD system is designed to be extremely compact and well balanced, with a low centre of gravity. That means a very low risk of rollover-and makes room for a long-travel suspension that keeps the ride comfortable even on life's bumpiest roads.
And fuel economy is competitive with North America's most popular compact and mid-size family cars.
So, if you want great traction and handling and great fuel economy, an All-Wheel Drive vehicle is an excellent choice.
More tips to reduce gas consumption:
Maintain your vehicle-it will run smoother and waste less energy.
Slow down-you use 20% more fuel going 120 km/h compared to 100 km/h.
Check tire pressure-the wrong pressure can increase gas use up to 3%.
Don't idle-if you're going to sit for more than 30 seconds, turn the engine off.
Plan trips-do more than one errand at a time; avoid rush hour if possible; pick routes with fewer stoplights and less traffic.
Car pool-share the ride and leave a second or third car at home.