5. 2012 Toyota (TM) Highlander Hybrid Limited
MSRP: $45,180
Combined miles per gallon: 28

This Camry-based crossover helped kill the lumbering conventional SUV when it was introduced little more than a decade ago, and it continues to trim the fat. That mileage complements such features as a moonroof, power liftgate, three-zone climate control and backup camera without sacrificing the Highlander's 94 cubic feet of storage space or three rows of seating. The bad news? Drivers pay about $9,000 more for those extra five miles per gallon.

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