Did 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|
|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
|Standard pickup||Ford F-150||$2,027|
|Small SUV||Nissan Rogue Hybrid||$1,265|
|Standard SUV||Lexus RX 450h AWD||$1,722|
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|
|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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