There is a general, unfading demand for fuel-efficient vehicles in Canada, and across the world. The reason is quite obvious, cars with good fuel economy reduce the frequency at the pump, and ultimately, budget for gas. Whether the cost of gas is high or low, refuelling expense can be a tad ‘too much’ for anyone to keep up with. If saving that extra cash is important to you, you might want to read through this list of top fuel-efficient cars to choose from when you decide to get a new car or trade-in your old one.
1. 2019 Kia Niro
Kia Niro offers 4 different trim levels – FE, LX, EX and Touring trims and comes in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric drivetrains. The FE model stands out when it comes to good fuel economy compared to the other trims. It is the base model of the car and is more fuel-efficient. The higher trims have more additional equipment that equals more weight, and the heavier a car is the more energy is needed to get it moving. Safety-wise, Kia Niro earns a Top Safety Pick+ spot award from the IIHS.
2. Mitsubishi Mirage
The 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage is one of those cars that has very few highpoints worth talking about. For the Mirage, it is its impressive fuel economy and the fact that it’s one of the least expensive cars you will find. Buyers will find that a full tank could last a lifetime before running out but that’s where the good news ends. The interior design isn’t up to scratch, the engine doesn’t deliver enough horsepower and it’s quite uncomfortable inside. Yet again, if fuel-efficiency is just what you need, the Mirage is a great option. But keep in mind that there are similarly priced fuel-efficient vehicles you can opt for.
3. 2019 Honda Fit
One of such similarly priced or low budget vehicles is Honda Fit. At CA $23,200, you get a very impressive fuel-efficient car that also saves cost at the dealership. Honda Fit also typifies the saying “big things come in small packages”- which specifically relates to its small frame but highly spacious interior. The interior is also customizable as the second-row seat can be moved in several ways to accommodate passengers or cargo. The front seat can also be folded to suit your current needs – whether it’s to make room for long items or create a makeshift bed…just about anything.
4. Toyota Corolla Hatchback
The 2019 and 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback are 2 great car models with fuel-saving capacity along with other performance and safety perks. The Corolla leads the charge in the Corolla lineup in terms of fuel-efficiency and features Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) – which is vital for fuel management. The SE model will prove a better choice as base models have better fuel economy than upper trim levels. If you would like something even more efficient, consider the hybrid version of the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback. The Hatchback comes with standard automatic high-beam headlights, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and more.
5. Honda Insight
Both the 2019 and 2020 models of Honda Insight offer impressive fuel economy numbers as well as safe and comfortable rides. The Insight vehicles come with Honda Sensing safety and driver assistance systems which include the usual suspects – adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist – good enough to be awarded an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ stamp. The 12-volt battery has an unusual position in the centre console and can be accessed by taking off the trim panel on the passenger side. This location allows for more trunk space and even weight distribution.
6. Toyota Camry Hybrid
Toyota Camry is a widely-known car in the automotive industry, with top sale margins in Canada. Apart from being an all-round, likeable car, its fuel economy is simply amazing. It has a city mileage rating of 21 kml (kilometres per litre) and a highway rating of 22 kml. The hybrid also has a very impressive safety rating with a Top Safety Pick+ award. It features top-quality standard equipment that cost less compared to competitors. Of the 3 trim levels, LE, SE, and XLE, the LE trim offers better fuel-saving capacity owing to its smaller wheels compared to the larger ones on the other trim levels.
7. 2020 Toyota Avalon
The Toyota Avalon has great fuel-sipping scores and also offers superior handling and performance. It comes with Toyota Racing Development (TRD) that “applies its track-tuning expertise to Avalon for greater handling, thrilling performance and bold styling.” In addition to its fuel-efficiency and overall performance, it passes the IIHS crash prevention tests with flying colours. And there’s the Toyota Safety Sense that is packed with ample driver assistance technologies you can count on.
8. 2020 Honda Civic
The Honda Civic boasts an array of attractive features and a sophisticated interior that easily make it a favourite sedan car when placed side-by-side other compact sedans. It is available in 5 trims. While the base LX trim has great fuel economy along with advanced safety features, the EX trim is a better choice. This trim has a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine that packs more power than the standard 2.0, it is also more fuel-efficient. Every trim features the standard Honda Sensing Suite.
9. 2020 Kia Rio
The 2020 Kia Rio is a front-wheel-drive subcompact car that comes in sedan and hatchback body styles. The 2020 Kia Rio comes with an upgrade to its transmission with a CVT automatic compared to the 2019 model’s traditional automatic transmission. It is a fuel-efficient vehicle that doesn’t come at the expense of performance like the Mitsubishi Mirage. There’s only one trim level and it has a long list of standard features.
10. 2020 Toyota Prius Prime
The 2020 Toyota Prius is an overall comfortable and high-performing car. It has good interior space and cargo area. Its fuel-efficiency rating is impressive and better appreciated in the base L Eco trim level. It’s a great choice if you need a car that’s has everything going for it as well as a great fuel-sipping score.
You are better off buying a car that helps you save the extra cost from not frequenting gas stations. Look no further from this list for a car that doesn’t just excel in this but other vital features as well.