The Fuel-Guzzling SUVs You Should Think Twice Before Buying

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SUVs are incredibly popular vehicles because of their capacity to accommodate large families, haul cargo, and traverse diverse terrain. Every driver have different needs, some people want speed and adrenaline rush – then some of just want practicality and good fuel economy from our vehicles.

However, not all SUVs are created equal when it comes to fuel efficiency. Here’s a rundown of the most fuel-guzzling SUVs on the market today and why you should think twice before buying.

Ford Expedition EL XLT 4WD (msrp – $59,190)

  • total driving range: 490 miles (789 KM)
  • fuel economy: 19.2 MPG combined city/highway
Ford Expedition Platinum Dark Matter
Ford Expedition

The Ford Expedition EL XLT 4WD is one of the biggest SUVs on the market in terms of size, but it also has one of the worst fuel economies. With an 19.2 MPG average combined city/highway rating and a 5.4L V8 engine, this beast guzzles gas like no other SUV.

Long journeys in the Expedition will costs you extra, with 490 miles with the 4WD drivetrain (driving range). If you’re looking for an SUV that can carry your entire family plus all your gear while still being kind to your wallet at the pump, this isn’t it.

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT (msrp – $72,800)

  • total driving range: 403 miles (648 KM)
  • fuel economy: 15 MPG combined city/highway
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is a performance SUV with tons of power that allows drivers to tackle off-road terrain with ease. You won’t just be sacrificing fuel economy with this vehicle – your wallet will take a beating too.

Although it has some impressive features such as an adjustable air suspension and Quadra-Trac four-wheel drive system, its 6.4L V8 engine means that its fuel economy leaves something to be desired—it averages around 15 MPG combined city/highway driving.

Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid 4WD (msrp – $53,260)

  • total driving range: 528 miles (850 KM)
  • fuel economy: 21.2 MPG combined city/highway
2023 Chevrolet Tahoe on the road
2023 Chevrolet Tahoe driver dash

The Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid 4WD is another gas guzzler with only a 21.2 MPG average combined city/highway rating despite its hybrid powertrain. The reason for its poor fuel economy is that it’s so big and heavy—at nearly 6,000 lbs., it’s one of the heaviest SUVs on the market today.

This SUV is a great family and cargo hauler so if you need it’s extra capabilities – by all means grab one. Plus, its 6L V8 engine doesn’t help either!


If you’re in the market for an SUV and want one that won’t break the bank at the pump, then these three vehicles should be avoided! Fortunately, there are plenty of other more fuel-efficient options out there; so don’t settle for anything less than what you need or want in terms of performance and fuel savings!

If you want that neck breaking acceleration each time you step on the pedals, that’ll cost extra – there’s just no easy way around that (your best option is to get an all-electric SUV). Do your research and find an SUV that fits your budget and lifestyle needs – you’ll be glad you did!

Main image courtesy: Stellantis, Chevrolet