The Most Fuel-Efficient Cars You Can Buy In Canada

When you think fuel prices are finally going down, they end up skyrocketing. Car manufacturers know this all too well, which is why they recently started rolling out more and more fuel-efficient cars – and plenty under $15,000.

If you’re in the market for a new car, these gas-sippers may be exactly what you’re looking for. Below are 5 of the most fuel-efficient cars that you can buy in Canada and how much gas it would cost a year to drive them. If you’re looking for pricier conventional vehicles or an electirc vehicle, scroll down for a breakdown. 

Who Determines Fuel-Efficiency in Canada?

When you first start searching for the most fuel-efficient cars in Canada, Natural Resources Canada is your best source of information. Each year NRCan puts out a guide that lists specific information pertaining to the fuel-efficiency of each vehicle. While these are determined based on standardized testing models, it’s important to remember that actual fuel consumption may vary on how and where you drive. To learn more about the test and how your vehicle compares, visit the NRCan website here.

What Is The Annual Fuel Cost Based On?

To help you estimate the annual fuel cost for each vehicle, we based our equation on the combined rating, driving 20,000KM a year and paying $1.02/L for regular gasoline. This is just an estimation and may vary on the changing price of gas, how often you drive and your driving behaviour.

#1 The Fuel-Efficient 2019 Chevrolet Spark

2019 Chevrolet Spark LS Automatic 5Dr FWD hatchback Nightfall Gray Metallic Fuel Efficient Car Canada

MSRP: $10,095

Manual Gas Per Year Est. $1,469 ($122/month)

Automatic Gas Per Year Est. $1,448 ($120/month)

The 2019 Chevrolet Spark is not only great on gas, but the price also couldn’t get any better (seriously, it’s the cheapest car in Canada!). Cross-referencing the NRCan site, the manual Spark sits at 8.0L/100KM in the city and a 6.2L/100KM on the highway. When choosing the automatic version, Chevrolet Sparks fuel-efficiency drops to a 7.9L/100KM in the city and a 6.2L/100KM on the highway.

If that’s not enough, the Chevrolet Spark also comes at an affordable price, snagging the title for “Cheapest Cars in Canada.” The base 2LT CVT model comes equipped with a 1.4L ECOTEC 4-cylinder engine and a 5-speed manual transmission. While it may not be the sportiest car on the market, its a great decision for those looking to save money on both gas and financing fees. The Spark also comes with 98 horsepower, Bluetooth, 7” Infotainment system, Apple Carplay and Android Auto, a rear vision camera and air conditioning.

Staying eco-friendly has never looked this good! With four bold colours to choose from, the Spark managed to stay affordable while standing out in a Caribbean Blue or Orange Burst subcompact!

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#2 The Fuel-Efficient Mitsubishi Mirage

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage SE 5Dr FWD hatchback Starlight Silver Fuel Efficient Car Canada

MSRP: $10,998

Manual Gas Per Year Est. $1,326 ($110 per month)

Automatic Gas Per Year Est. $1,265 ($105 per month)

Much like the Spark, this stylish subcompact comes as a manual or automatic. The manual transmission currently sits at 7.1L/100KM in the city and a generous 5.8L/100KM on the highway. The automatic trim does even better on gas offering 6.6L/100KM in the city and 5.6L/100KM on the highway. If you do a lot of highway driving, the Mirage is your best option for cheap fuel.

The base ES 5MT model comes with a 1.2L DOHC MIVEC 3 cylinder engine and a 5-speed manual transmission. The standard features include AF/FM/CD player with four speakers, Auto-off halogen headlamps, front power windows and a rear vision camera. The 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat also offers plenty of storage when on the run.

While the Mitsubishi brand may be underrated, their attention to detail in the interior definitely deserves a shot. If you’re looking for a little bit of added comfort and a modern looking display, the Mirage is your best shot for a great price!

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#3 The Fuel-Efficient Hyundai Accent

2018 Hyundai Accent Limited 4Dr FWD sedan Pomegranate Red Fuel Efficient Cars Canada

Hatchback MSRP: $14,599

Manual Gas Per Year Est. $1,489 ($124 per month)

Automatic Gas Per Year Est. $1,489 ($124 per month)

The fun to drive 2019 Hyundai Accent comes available as both a hatchback and sedan, which is definitely accommodating based on your lifestyle. If you’re in the market for a manual Accent, you’re looking at 8.2L/100KM in the city and 6.3L/100KM on the highway. Interestingly enough, choosing the automatic model will not save you on gas as the specs remain consistent.

Both the 4-door and 5-door are quite a catch, offering a 1.6L GDI engine and 6-speed manual transmission on the base models. Other features include AM/FM/CD/USB/Ipod Audio system, power door locks, electronic stability control, traction control and vehicle stability management.

Another great feature is the spacious trunk, coming in at 47.5 cubic feet – a great amount for those needing flexibility for either work or travel. The best part – it’s great on gas, so taking a road trip won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

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#4 The Fuel-Efficient Nissan Versa Note 

2019 Nissan Versa S Plus 4Dr FWD sedan Brilliant Silver Fuel Efficient Cars Canada

MSRP: $14,698

Manual Gas Per Year Est. $1,571 ($130 per month)

Automatic Gas Per Year Est. $1,428 ($119 per month)

This commuter favourite is known for its great fuel economy and enough cargo space for the whole family. The manual Versa sits on the high end at 8.6L/100KM in the city and 6.6L/100KM on the highway. Alternatively, the automatic gets you 7.6L/100KM in the city and 6.2L/100KM on the highway.

This city slicker come equipped with a 1.6L DOHC 4-cylinder engine and a 5-speed manual transmission. Coming in at 109 horsepower with a 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat, 7” colour touchscreen and a rear vision camera.

The 40.8” extra inches of headroom and 41.3” of legroom make this an ideal candidate for tall drivers. The extra space is also ideal for families looking for a bit of extra room while maintaining the affordable price point on both the vehicle and on gas.

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#5 The Fuel-Efficient Kia Rio 5

2019 Kia Rio S 4Dr FWD sedan Phantom Gray Fuel Efficient Cars Canada

MSRP: $14,995

Manual Gas Per Year Est. $1,530 ($127 per month)

Automatic Gas Per Year Est. $1,530 ($127 per month)

This fourth-generation hatchback is not only great on gas, but it’s reliability rating are nearly perfect. The Rio comes in at 8.5L/100KM in the city and 6.4L/100KM on the highway when choosing both the manual and automatic version.

The base model comes with a 16L GDI 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. The Spark gets 130 horsepower and 60/40 split-folding rear bench seats. As for comfort features, you get heated front seats, 5” LCD audio display, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth hands-free cell phone connectivity and a rear vision camera.

The Rio was awarded the “Highest Ranked Saml Car in Initial Quality and Dependability” in the U.S. and the spacious cabin and comfortable seating speaks to the award. If you’re in the market for a gas-friendly subcompact, test driving the Rio is an absolute must!

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Other Fuel-Efficient Conventional Vehicles

Two-Seater

FIAT 124 Spider: 1.4L, 4 cylinder, 6-speed manual

Consuption: 9.0L/ City and 6.7L/Highway

Fuel Cost (Year): $1,612

Mazda MX-5: 2.0L, 4 cylinder, 6-speed automatic with select shift

Consuption: 9.0L/ City and 6.6L/Highway

Fuel Cost (Year): $1,849

Minicompact

MINI Cooper Convertible: 1.5L, 3 cylinder, 6-speed manual

Consuption: 8.4L/ City and 6.3L/Highway

Fuel Cost (Year): $1,755

Subcompact

Chevrolet Spark: 1.4L, 4 cylinder, continous variable

Consuption: 7.9L/ City and 6.2L/Highway

Fuel Cost (Year): $1,448

Compact

Toyota Prius C: 1.5L, 4 cylinder hybrid, contrinously variable

Consuption: 4.9L/ City and 5.5L/Highway

Fuel Cost (Year): $1,040

Mid-Size

Toyota Prius: 1.8L, 4 cylinder hybrid, continously variable

Consuption: 4.4L/ City and 6.6L/Highway

Fuel Cost (Year): $898

Full Size

Hyundai IONIQ Blue: 1.6L, 4 cylinde, 6-speed automatic manual

Consuption: 4.2L/ City and 4L/Highway

Fuel Cost (Year): $836

Station Wagon: Small

Kia Niro FE: 1.6L, 4 cylinder hybrid, 6-speed automatic manual

Consuption: 4.5L/ City and 4.8L/Highway

Fuel Cost (Year): $959

Station Wagon: Mid-Size

Volvo V90 T6 AWD: 2.0L, 4 cylinder, 8-speed automatic with select shift

Consuption: 11.1L/ City and 7.3L/Highway

Fuel Cost (Year): $2,200

Fuel-Efficient Electric Vehicles

Two-Seater

smart EQ fortwo coupe: 60 kW electric motor, 1-speed automatic

Consuption: 16.9kWh/city and 22.3kWh/highway

Fuel Cost (Year): $502

Minicompact

N/A

Subcompact

BMW i3 (120 Ah):125 kW electric motor, 1-speed automatic

Consuption: 16.8kWh/city and 20.6kWh/highway

Fuel Cost (Year): $481

BMW i3 (120 Ah): 135 kW electric motor, 1-speed automatic

Consuption: 16.8kWh/city and 20.6kWh/highway

Fuel Cost (Year): $481

Compact

Volkswagen e-Golf: 100 kW electric motor, 1-speed automatic

Consuption: 16.8kWh/city and 18.6Wh/highway

Fuel Cost (Year): $452

Mid-Size

Hyundai IONIQ Electric: 88 kW electric motor, 1-speed automatic

Consuption: 13.7kWh/city and 17.4kWh/highway

Fuel Cost (Year): $403

Full Size

Tesla Model S 75D: 386 kW electric motor, 1-speed automatic

Consuption: 20.6kWh/city and 19.9Wh/highway

Fuel Cost (Year): $528

Station Wagon: Small

Chevrolet Bolt EV: 150 kW electric motor, 1-speed automatic

Consuption: 16.4kWh/city and 19.0kWh/highway

Fuel Cost (Year): $458

Station Wagon: Mid-Size

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If you’re looking for economy cars that are both fuel-efficient and affordable, contact Cheap Cars Canada today!

 

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2019-04-18T13:32:30+00:00 April 15th, 2019|Car News, Cheap Cars, Uncategorized|

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