Fuel economy isn't the strong suit of most sport-utility vehicles, but it's particularly at issue with the latest batch of European luxury crossover utes.
The 2011 Land Rover LR2 is typical for the bunch, that also includes the Q5 and GLK. It's rated by the EPA at 15/22 mpg, a fairly low rating for a vehicle of its size.
The Volvo XC60 also checks in at 18/24 mpg with its front-drive version; the LR2 doesn't come with any drivetrain other than its 4WD one--though it shares the Volvo's in-line six-cylinder engine.
For comparison, the Mercedes-Benz GLK splits the difference at 16/21 mpg--but the AWD Audi Q5 tops them both at 18/23 mpg. The 2011 BMW X3 blows all of them away with its 19/27 mpg rating, thanks to an eight-speed automatic tempering its turbocharged acceleration.
Even the larger seven-seat Kia Sorento gets an 18/24-mpg score from the EPA. It's not a luxury vehicle, true, but efficiency is a factor that transcends luxury labels, if sales of the Toyota Prius and Tesla Roadster are the landmarks.