Gas prices remain quite low in North America, so fuel economy is not really a priority for many drivers and car shoppers. But let’s be serious, this situation can’t last forever. Sooner or later, people will need to consider more efficient solutions.
We’re not saying you need to embrace fully electric vehicles overnight. Some more conventional models can save you a substantial amount of money at the pump, too.
Here are 10 examples that might surprise you…
2020 Mitsubishi Mirage
The CVT-equipped Mirage is the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid vehicle in Canada, which makes sense when you consider its tiny size and anemic engine (78 horsepower). Still, a combined city-highway rating of 6.2 L/100 km is impressive.
2020 Honda Fit
The Fit is both more fuel-efficient (6.5 L/100 km) and more potent (128 horsepower) than every other small car in its class. So, yeah, that’s kind of surprising.
2020 Toyota Camry
Equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the 203-horsepower, four-cylinder Camry (6.9 L/100 km) burns as little fuel as a manual, 106-horsepower Yaris—and less than many other smaller cars, too.
2020 Kia Niro
No crossover out there is thriftier than the gas-electric Niro, which averages 4.7 L/100 km. There’s one caveat: it comes with front-wheel drive only.
2020 Lexus UX 200
With such a small footprint, you’d expect this luxury crossover to be good on gas, but can you believe it rates at 7.2 L/100 km with a 168-horsepower engine? Credit goes to the CVT and FWD setup. By the way, the UX 250h variant (hybrid) is more powerful, more frugal and has two more drive wheels.
2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
The latest Highlander Hybrid is 17-percent more fuel-efficient than its predecessor with an average of 6.7 L/100 km—better than most compact cars. Remember, this is a three-row midsize SUV that can tow up to 3,500 pounds!
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Duramax
The champion among full-size pickups is the Silverado 1500 Duramax. Thanks to its 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine, this big brute achieves 8.9 L/100 km in 4×2 configuration (9.4 L/100 km in 4×4 configuration).
2020 Honda CR-V
While we can’t have its new hybrid variant in Canada, the CR-V is still a fuel efficiency leader. The base FWD model burns just 7.7 L/100 km. That’s one tenth of a litre better than the smaller HR-V!
2020 BMW 330i xDrive
Luxury cars are not typically frugal at the pump, except maybe the smaller ones or those with a hybrid powertrain. The AWD-equipped, 255-horsepower 330i xDrive somewhat amazes with a combined rating of 8.3 L/100 km. The downside? Premium gas is required.
2020 Toyota GR Supra
Are you a fan of sports cars? Here is one that boasts a 335-horsepower six-cylinder engine, sprints from 0-100 km/h in 4.3 seconds and needs just 8.9 L/100 km of gas. Add half a litre for the upcoming 2021 edition boosted to 382 horsepower.