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News   April 3, 2014   by CARS Magazine

Natural Resources Canada: New Fuel Consumption Ratings Better Reflect Everyday Driving

The Government of Canada is putting consumers first. Are you shopping for a new vehicle? We have changed the fuel consumption ratings that appear on the labels of new vehicles. We made three changes so ratings better reflect the typical...


The Government of Canada is putting consumers first. Are you shopping for a new vehicle? We have changed the fuel consumption ratings that appear on the labels of new vehicles. We made three changes so ratings better reflect the typical conditions you experience while driving. First, we took into account the use of air conditioners. Second, we accounted for driving in cold temperatures – something Canadians know plenty about. Third, we accounted for driving at higher speeds with more rapid acceleration and braking. These are everyday driving conditions and accounting for them makes fuel consumption ratings more accurate so that when you shop you can pick the right vehicle for you.

The change applies to 2015 model vehicles so many dealerships will have 2014 models with the old information alongside vehicles with the new ratings.  In most cases, ratings on a 2015 model will show higher fuel consumption than the equivalent 2014 model because the new test method is more realistic.

Here is another great tool: you can now compare vehicles produced over the last decade using either test method at vehicles.nrcan.gc.ca. If you are shopping for a new vehicle, this website is a fantastic resource. It includes a database with a customized search engine that lets you compare the fuel consumption of vehicles sold in Canada.

No standardized test can account for every driving style and condition.  The way you drive has the biggest impact on how much gas your vehicle uses. Great ways to minimize fuel consumption are accelerating gently, driving within the speed limit, maintaining a steady speed and coasting to decelerate, and avoiding idling the engine.

In 2015 consumers will see a redesigned label on 2016 vehicles which will include more information, such as including combined fuel consumption and the range of fuel consumption of vehicles in the same class.