Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicles That You Can Buy Right Now

By Lesley Green
Woman filling up gas at petrol station and holding curious baby boy

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 a significant 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 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.

2019’s most fuel-efficient vehicles: conventional

According to NRC: 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.

The NRC's picks for most fuel-efficient conventional vehicles are:

Type of vehicle Most fuel-efficient in class Estimated Annual Fuel Cost Two-seater FIAT 124 SpiderMazda MX-5 $1,612$1,849 Minicompact MINI Cooper Convertible $1,755 Subcompact Chevrolet Spark $1,448 Compact Toyota Prius c $1,040 Mid-size Toyota Prius $898 Full-size Hyundai IONIQ Blue $836 Small station wagon Kia Niro FE $959 Mid-size station wagon Volvo V90 T6 AWD $2,200 Small pickup Chevrolet Colorado

GMC Canyon

$2,040 Standard pickup Ford F-150 $1,919 Small SUV Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD $1,224 Standard SUV Lexus RX 450h AWD $1,849 Minivan Chrysler Pacifica (Stop-Start)Honda Odyssey Touring $2,162

2019’s most fuel-efficient vehicles: electric

Electric vehicles, as described by NRC, are the most energy-efficient and lowest emission choices available today. There are two types of electric vehicles on the market—plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). PHEVs and BEVs use electricity from a battery that is charged using an external electricity source.

The NRC's picks for most fuel-efficient electric vehicles are:

Type of vehicle Most fuel-efficient in class Estimated Annual Cost to Run Two-seater BMW i8 Roadster $1,512 Subcompact BMW i3/i3s (120 Ah) $488 Compact Volkswagen e-Golf $452 Mid-size Hyundai IONIQ Electric $403 Full-size Tesla Model S 75D $528 Small station wagon Chevrolet Bolt EV $458 Small SUV Hyundai KONA Electric $452 Standard SUV Tesla Model X 75D $585 Minivan Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid $1,043

Buying a car this year? Compare auto insurance quotes to save.

While fuel efficiency and budgeting for the costs of running your new car is a good idea, don't overlook the cost of auto insurance. If you’re in the market to buy one of Canada’s most fuel-efficient vehicles, compare the car insurance market as well to see which car will save you the most in auto insurance. On average, last year, shoppers saved $427 after comparing car insurance quotes with us and, in just a few minutes, you could as well. Compare auto insurance quotes today.