New Fuel Economy Test Methods for 2015 Models
Just how important is fuel efficiency when buying a car? If you’re like many Canadians, it’s a deciding factor. The EnerGuide label found on new cars, a standard set by the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Fuel Consumption Guide, helps people feel secure in choosing an energy efficient vehicle that fits their lifestyle.
As of 2015, NRCan is implementing a new testing procedure known as 5-cycle testing for new vehicles. This will be a complete transition from the 2-cycle testing procedure to which 2014 and prior models were subjected. How does this change affect you as a consumer?
When you walk into a dealership, you’ll see the EnerGuide labels on 2015 vehicles like the all-new Nissan Micra, but those labels will feature different fuel consumption ratings from previous models. The new 5-cycle testing uses a more accurate methodology to give consumers a better idea how vehicles actually perform in both city and highway driving conditions.
With this more precise testing, fuel consumption may appear 10-20% higher, but this is actually not the case: 2015 vehicles do not consume more fuel than the comparable 2014 vehicle under the same driving conditions.
The following labels show an example of how ratings for the same vehicle will likely change based on the new test methods.
|Model Year 2014||Model Year 2015|
The chart below is an example to help illustrate how the 2015 models measure up to the older testing methods for energy efficiency.
We want to ensure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision when purchasing a car. For additional information on this new testing method, please visit the NRCan Fuel Consumption Testing website.