Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Vehicles in Canada

Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Vehicles in Canada

August 15, 2018    Best Cars

As climate change has become a growing topic of concern, we’re seeing more and more customers inquire about a vehicle’s fuel-efficiency before making their purchase. Manufacturers are noticing the trend too and in recent years, more hybrid and electric vehicles have been hitting the market. The conversation of fuel-efficiency isn’t only for those passionate about environmentalism either. Who wouldn’t want to save money on fuel, right?

Each year, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) shares a Fuel Consumption Guide on its website. It’s a useful resource that compares the energy efficiency performance of all light-duty vehicles (cars, trucks and SUVs) sold in the country. It measures each vehicle by looking at its fuel consumption in the following three circumstances:

  1. City driving
  2. Highway driving
  3. The average of city and highway driving

In addition, NRCan also determines the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) each vehicle emits per kilometer driven. From there, they rate the vehicles on a scale of 1-10 to determine fuel efficiency.

Check out the full guide here!

Based on NRCan’s research, we’ve put together our own list of the top 10 makes, taking into consideration affordability, safety and practicality. We’ve also include a mix of vehicles sizes and styles on the list to help everyone find something they’re looking for! 

Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Vehicles in Canada

  1. Toyota Prius V
  2. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD
  3. Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid
  4. Kia Niro Crossover
  5. Honda Odyssey Touring
  6. MINI Cooper Convertible
  7. Chevrolet Spark
  8. Chevrolet Colorado Z71
  9. GMC Canyon Diesel
  10. Ford F-150 EcoBoost
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Toyota Prius v

The 2018 model of this crossover seamlessly switches between gas, electric and a combination of the two. Starting in the $25,000 price range and with NRCan estimating fuel costs at less than $800 annually, it becomes an affordable option.  Another reason the Prius tops our list: Toyota has more class-leading fuel-efficient vehicles than any other manufacturer in Canada.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD

A key reason this vehicle made our list is because it’s extremely fuel efficient without ever having to be plugged-in to recharge. Plus, the battery is designed to have just as long a life as the vehicle itself. The different drive modes help increase efficiency too, automatically changing the mode from electric to fuel based on the terrain.

Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid

What makes this car special: Hyundai’s promise that it can travel over 1,000 kilometers on a single tank of gas. The IONIQ Hybrid technology alternates between electric energy and gas throughout acceleration to maximize fuel efficiency. Its aerodynamic design is another contributing factor to its awesome fuel economy.  

Kia Niro Crossover

This is Kia’s first dedicated hybrid crossover with a fuel economy of 4.5L/100km for city driving, making it superior in fuel-efficiency than most other small station wagons on the market. It also includes a coasting guide to help you optimize fuel consumption as well as an autonomous braking system.

Honda Odyssey Touring

In all our research, we found this vehicle to be the most fuel efficient for its size (it carries 8 passengers). Its auto-stop technology shuts off the engine during long stops — perfect for city drivers who get stuck in traffic. Its i-VTEC’s cylinder deactivation system preserves fuel, lowering the average annual fuel costs to only $2,000.

MINI Cooper Convertible

Looking for a convertible that doesn’t cost a fortune? This is the one for you with its newest models starting as low as $30,000. When it comes to fuel efficiency, the Mini’s system is closely monitored and controlled, releasing only the amount of lift necessary to avoid unnecessary losses in mileage.

Chevrolet Spark

This subcompact car has a highway fuel consumption rating of 6.0 L/100 km.  If you’re not a fan of the pedal, choose the available automatic transmission, which offers a highway fuel consumption rating of just 6.2 L/100 km.  NRCan rated it 46 overall on its list of more than 1,000 vehicles tested, which is pretty good if you ask us.

Chevrolet Colorado Z71

NRCan selected both the Colorado Z71 and the Canyon to share the spot for most fuel-efficient in the small pickup truck category. But it makes our list based off the awesome review Motor Trend gave it, saying its fuel-saving tech helps it achieve a class-competitive EPA rating of 16/18/17 mpg city/highway/combined.

GMC Canyon Diesel

This small truck, that shares the top spot for small pickup truck with the Colorado Z71, may cost an average of $1,800 annually in fuel, but it has one of the best fuel economies in its class, according to Driving.ca. The reason it’s further down on our list is that the fuel savings don’t necessarily outweigh the added cost of the vehicle itself.

Ford F-150 EcoBoost

With the Ford-F series beings Canada’s best-selling pickup truck, the EcoBoost has a lot to live up to. And although people don’t often buy trucks to save fuel, it does hold its own with the stop/start feature that shuts off the engine in 4×4, tow or sport modes. Despite the expensive price, the 3.5L EcoBoost puts this Ford F-150 that much further ahead of every other half-ton on the market.

Fuel Efficient Driving Tips

Overall, a vehicle is most fuel efficient when it’s well-maintained. Regular oil changes and mechanic visits are needed to keep your vehicle running smoothly. It may seem like you’re dishing out extra money throughout the year for maintenance, but in the long run, it will save you both time and money from spending extra on gas or, worse, having your car break down.
Here are a few other tips we recommend that, according to NRCan, can reduce your fuel consumption by as much as 25%:

  • Accelerate Gently — The harder you accelerate, the more fuel you consume. Save gas by easing onto the pedal gently.
  • Maintain a Steady Speed — Avoid speeding up and slowing down consistently and use cruise control during highway driving when it’s safe.
  • Coast Before You Decelerate — Rather than stomping on the breaks, ease to a stop.
  • Avoid Accelerating When You Can — Hit the speed limit and stick to it because, ultimately, the quicker you go, the more fuel you burn.
  • Anticipate Traffic — Read the road ahead and keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you so you don’t have to slam on the breaks.

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