We take pride in protecting your bottom line. Gas can be expensive! While we know purchasing a new car might not be immediately on the table for you, here’s our 2021 Guide to the best fuel-efficient SUVs in the 2021 market. 

As you shop for a car, new or used- we encourage you to take into account its baseline cost, fuel cost, MPG (both in city and highway) and, of course, how you like it.

If you’re in the market for a new car for your delivery hustle, we suggest purchasing a car that handles cities well – accelerates well, has a good turning radius, and that feels like it would offer sufficient space for your cargo and deliveries. We also recommend keeping in mind the maintenance cost and included safety features. 

If you anticipate or plan to also drive passengers, it’s worth keeping in mind the slope angle of the passenger cabin. We’ve heard some taller passengers often feel cramped in some of the cars whose silhouettes we love the most!

That said, here’s our best round-up of the 2021 Market with essential facts to help you select your delivery mobile or start dreaming for your next SUV purchase.


Most Efficient SUVs to Operate on a Mileage Basis

These vehicles are some of the more fuel-efficient, with the hybrid vehicles being excellent alternatives.  The RAV4 and other hybrid vehicles will also move up the efficiency rankings as fuel costs rise.  

With that in mind, we highly recommend hybrid vehicles as they allow you both to save at the pump and support initiatives to caretake our environment by reducing your CO2 footprint. 

Below are our picks for the most affordable and efficient vehicles on a per mile basis:

SUVsAnnual Fuel CostMPG / CityMPG / HighwayAverage Cost (New)Average Annual Cost (Lease)Single Seat Cargo Volume
2021 Hyundai Kona$1,1952832$20,500$4,16445.8
2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD$8964138$28,650$5,82069.8
2021 Ford Escape$1,1954437$24,885$5,05265.4
2021 Honda HR-V$1,2802834$21,220$4,30858.8


Most Affordable SUVs If Leasing

If you’re looking to drive as a freelancer and need to lease a car, we recommend finding a car that offers a great value across cargo space, fuel efficiency and leasing price. These top vehicles also may represent better buying opportunities if sales or specials are offered in conjunction.  As vehicle prices have been skyrocketing, we recommend looking at some of these bang for the buck rides.

SUVsAnnual Fuel CostMPG / CityMPG / HighwayAverage Cost (New)Average Annual Cost (Lease)Single Seat Cargo Volume
2021 Hyundai Kona$1,1952832$20,500$4,16445.8
2021 Mazda CX-3$1,2352934$20,790$4,22442.7
2021 Honda HR-V$1,2802834$21,220$4,30858.8
2021 Subaru Crosstrek$1,1952833$22,245$4,51255.3
2021 Buick Encore$1,3282530$23,200$4,70448.4


Best & Efficient SUVs for Cargo Space and Storage

As a delivery freelancer, having a car that can transport multiple deliveries can often help you elevate your business to the next level. Vehicles like the RAV 4 and HR-V provide both space, and efficiency (RAV), and affordability as well (HR-V). Likewise, the Volkswagen, Escape, and Outback all provide great options for families and deliveries.

SUVsAnnual Fuel CostMPG / CityMPG / HighwayAverage Cost (New)Average Annual Cost (Lease)Single Seat Cargo Volume
2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport$1,9842124$30,545$7,21296.8
2021 Volkswagen Atlas$1,9842124$30,545$7,21296.8
2021 Ford Escape$1,1954437$24,885$5,05265.4
2021 Honda HR-V$1,2802834$21,220$4,30858.8
2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD$8964138$28,650$5,82069.8
2021 Subaru Outback1262.62633$26,795$6,32475.7


Best Overall SUVs

Having rated the top 30 vehicle releases of 2021, we’re honored and pleased to share with you our top picks in the three most important categories for delivery drivers. Below are the four efficient SUVs that rated within our top five across two of the three categories.

SUVsFuel Efficiency RatingLeasing AffordabilityCargo Space
2021 Hyundai Kona11
2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD25
2021 Ford Escape33
2021 Honda HR-V434

As always, we encourage you to pick a vehicle that serves you well and is kind to our environment and your bank account. We wish you smoothing riding and as always, thanks for keeping our community Lowkel. 

Sources: The data for this article is taken from Edmunds.com, Cars.usnews.com & Carvana.com

June 15th, 2021 By lowkel  

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