The Nissan Juke is a highly rated smaller SUV with a four-cylinder engine, according to Autobytel. It gets 27 miles per gallon in city driving and 32 on the highway, and uses a turbocharger to produce 177 pound-foot of torque.
The Ford Escape is another highly rated SUV with a range of four-cylinder options. The Escape's 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbo engine provides about 178 horsepower and gets 33 mpg in highway driving. The Mazda CX-5 SUV is a fun-to-drive, four-cylinder vehicle, and is powered by a 2-liter engine. The CX-5 gets 32 mpg in highway driving and 26 mpg in the city.