Fuel Efficient Crossovers - Growing In Popularity Since 2008

By: Arant Cavin

Spacious, stylish and capable of providing a very satisfying driving experience, it's no wonder that crossover vehicles have become such a desirable option for motorists. Essentially constructed from a car platform, crossovers - as can be seen from their bodywork - offer a combination of features drawn straight from SUVs (sports utility vehicles), estate cars and hatchbacks - as evidenced by the Peugeot 2008.

Though the term crossover is one that's been batted around in the motoring industry for over 25 years - and crossover models have been produced in the past - they've only recently begun to generate the widespread amounts of popularity - starting in 2008.

Models past and present, like the Mazda CX-5 and the Peugeot 2008, also benefit from being incredibly fuel efficient options. Unlike many SUVs, which can be quite unforgiving when it comes to fuel consumption, crossovers - like the 2008 - have been designed and constructed with fuel efficiency firmly in mind.

The majority of car manufacturers have picked up on the burgeoning potential for crossover vehicles, and have therefore begun producing their own models. German manufacturers Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz produce the Q5, the R-Class and the X5 respectively. Peugeot manufactures the 3008 and the 2008, whilst Toyota's offerings include the RAV4, the Venza, and the Matrix.

Naturally, though, before purchasing a crossover - like, for instance, the 2008 - motorists want to know how much they're going to have to spend on running the model they opt for. It's all well and good having the money upfront to go out and buy a crossover car outright, but if you can't afford to run it there's not much point. As we previously touched upon, many of the crossover models currently rolling off production lines across the world - such as Peugeot's 2008 - are extremely fuel efficient.

Here are some of the most fuel efficient models you'll find on today's market:

Mazda CX-5: Combining the Japanese car manufacturer's innovative SkyActiv technology and a relatively sleek, compact body, the CX-5 is capable of providing a fuel efficiency rate of 29 mpg (miles per gallon). Whilst those accustomed to driving city cars - capable of providing rates of 55 mpg - the CX-5's rate might not seem all that impressive, don't be fooled - they are. Much like the 2008, the CX-5 is, importantly, generously sized.

Car buyers are sometimes guilty of not taking the actual size of a vehicle into account when considering fuel efficiency - despite it the massive different it can make. It's worth bearing in mind.

Nissan Juke: Another Japanese option, the Nissan Juke is often dismissed by some sections because of its very distinctive body shape - instead preferring more traditional models, like the 2008. However, once you get past the slightly unorthodox front end - which isn't half as bad as it's made out to be - this car can provide fuel efficiency rates of between 27 and 32 mpg depending on the climate.

Jeep Patriot: Big, bulky, but certainly not lacking in sharpness, the Jeep Patriot displays everything you've come to expect from the American company. The variant of this model fitted with the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine is capable of providing fuel efficiency rates of up to 25 mpg.

With popularity continuing to grow, crossover models - like the 2008 - can only be expected to become more and more fuel efficient.

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Crossover models - such as the Peugeot 2008 - are becoming more and more popular amongst motorists. This article looks at three of the most fuel efficient crossover models.

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