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The 2013 BMW X5 might not seem it, but it's one of the most efficient vehicles in its class.
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X5 xDrive35i: 16/23 mpg. X5 xDrive35d: 19/26 mpg. X5 xDrive50i: 14/20 mpg. X5 M: 12/17 mpg.

Not only does this impressive engine produce substantially more power and torque than the old 30i mill, it also achieves significantly better fuel economy.

No SUV thus far has garnered truly respectable gas mileage, and that's largely a matter of physics: heavy vehicles that must accelerate with normal traffic simply require more fuel. BMW has mitigated that thirst somewhat, however, particularly in the six-cylinder models.

The X5 xDrive35i, for example, rates 16 mpg in town and 23 mpg on the highway for 19 mpg combined. That's not fantastic, but it beats many full-size trucks while seating five in luxury.

The xDrive35d diesel model, while still on sale, is not offered as a 2013 model as yet--it continues as a 2012 model due to a late update cycle last year. Regardless of the diesel's model year, it is the fuel mileage hero of the range, EPA-rated at 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway for 22 mpg combined.

The V-8-powered xDrive50i model doesn't score highly in gas mileage, rating 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway for 16 mpg combined, though that's still better than much of the V-8 SUV alternatives. The X5 M  the thirstiest of the bunch, rated at 12 mpg in town and 17 mpg on the highway for 14 mpg combined--not that gas mileage is a primary concern when buying a 555-horsepower, track-capable SUV.


The 2013 BMW X5 might not seem it, but it's one of the most efficient vehicles in its class.

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