Feeling pinched at the pump lately? You’re likely not alone.
Nationwide, Canadians have seen increases in gas prices. According to recent data from Statistics Canada, the cost of gasoline has gone up by 20% year-over-year. In Alberta specifically, the cost of gas is up almost 34% from last year, while in Ontario gas prices increased 20.4%. These numbers may be troubling to some, especially those in the market for a new (or used) vehicle.
The difference in fuel costs between vehicles can definitely make or break your purchase decision. The best way to save on gas overall is to avoid gas-guzzlers and look into a fuel-efficient model. Nowadays, there are many conventional cars, hybrids, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and battery-electric (BEV) vehicles on the market, but some can save you more on gas than others.
That being said, each year, Natural Resources Canada (NRC) recognizes the most fuel-efficient vehicles sold in Canada by class. So before gas prices make you trade in your keys for sneakers, check out this list of the best fuel-efficient vehicles that you can buy right now.
2017’s most fuel efficient vehicles: conventional and hybrids
|Vehicle||Most Fuel-Efficient in Class||Estimated Annual Fuel Cost|
|Two-seater||Smart fortwo cabriolet||$1,461|
|Minicompact||Fiat 500 Hatchback||$1,302|
|Subcompact||Ford Fiesta FSE||$1,265|
|Compact||Toyota Prius C||$949|
|Full size||Ford C-MAX Hybrid||$1,097|
|Small station wagon||Kia Niro FE||$874|
|Midsize station wagon||Toyota Prius V||$1,079|
|Small pickup||Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon||$1,938|
|Small SUV||Nissan Rogue Hybrid||$1,265|
|Standard SUV||Lexus RX 450h AWD||$1,722|
2017’s most fuel-efficient vehicles: advanced technology (PHEVs and BEVs)
|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|
Find more ways to save
There are two vehicle costs that typically eat at your wallet the most: gas and auto insurance.
If you’re taking the steps to save on gas, try shopping around to see where you can save on auto insurance too.