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Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicles That You Can Buy Right Now

February 16, 2017

Most fuel-efficient cars in CanadaDid you know that you probably spend as much at the pumps each year, as you do on your auto insurance? Depending on the type of car you drive, and how often, you’re likely spending one to two thousand dollars a year on fuel. It’s not an insignificant cost, which is why many drivers look to buy a vehicle that sips gas, rather than guzzling it.

Each year, Natural Resources Canada (NRC) recognizes the most fuel-efficient vehicles sold in Canada by class. And, because we here at InsuranceHotline.com like to help you save money, we’ve listed them along with what you can expect to spend on fuel, according to the NRC’s Fuel Consumption Ratings Tool.

2017’s most fuel-efficient vehicles: conventional

Type of vehicle Most fuel-efficient in class Estimated Annual Fuel Cost
Two-seater smart fortwo cabriolet $1461
Minicompact Fiat 500 Hatchback $1302
Subcompact Ford Fiesta SFE $1265
Compact Toyota Prius c $949
Mid-size Toyota Prius $837
Full-size Ford C-MAX Hybrid $1,097
Small station wagon Kia Niro FE $874
Mid-size station wagon Toyoto Prius v $1,079
Small pickup Chevrolet Colorado
GMC Canyon
$1,938
Standard pickup Ford F-150 $2,027
Small SUV Nissan Rogue Hybrid $1,265
Standard SUV Lexus RX 450h AWD $1,722
Minivan Mazda5 $1,786

2017’s most fuel-efficient vehicles: advanced technology

Type of vehicle Most fuel-efficient in class Estimated Annual Cost to Run
Subcompact BMW i3 (60Ah) $437
Compact Ford Focus Electric $510
Mid-size Nissan LEAF $484
Full-size Tesla Model S 60D/90D $525
Small station wagon Chevrolet Bolt EV $458
Standard SUV Tesla Model X 75D $585
Minivan Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid $917

Conventional vs. Advanced Technology: What’s the difference?

The vehicles are broken down into two types: conventional and advanced technology. NRC explains the difference between the two in the following way:

  • Conventional vehicles, including hybrids, typically use a gasoline or diesel internal combustion engine exclusively as the source of energy for motive power. Although conventional hybrids use both an internal combustion engine and an electric motor, the battery is charged from the engine during driving; they cannot be plugged-in.
  • Advanced technology vehicles are the most energy-efficient and lowest emission choices available today and include plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel cell vehicles. PHEVs and BEVs use electricity from a battery that is charged using an external electricity source.

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