Richmond Hill, Ontario – A new report from industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers has found that, when comparing the 25 largest Census Metropolitan Areas in Canada, Quebec City’s consumers drive the most fuel-efficient fleet in Canada, while Windsor, Ontario drives the thirstiest. The report was compiled by merging an annual R.L. Polk census of vehicles on the road with Transport Canada’s fuel efficiency guide.
While the Canadian fuel efficiency, excluding commercial-use vehicles, averages 9.77 L/100 km, Quebec City’s fleet averaged 8.90, while Windsor averaged 10.20. With commercial-use vehicles added in, defined as pickup trucks and panel vans, the Canadian average was 10.47 L/100 km; Quebec City still led at 9.17, while Thunder Bay, Ontario was the highest at 11.32.
“The top five most fuel-efficient cities are also in Quebec with Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivieres, Montreal and Chicoutimi-Jonquiere joining Quebec City, all in the low 9 L/100 km range,” DesRosiers said. “What’s interesting is that fuel efficiency appears to be very geared to income levels. This should surprise no one. Low-income areas in the country, like Quebec, buy smaller vehicles than high-income areas in the country like Calgary and Windsor.” DesRosiers also noted that Windsor was high-income until recently, as the city depends heavily on the automotive manufacturing sector.
In order from most to least fuel efficient excluding commercial-use, the 25 cities were Quebec City; Sherbrooke; Trois-Rivieres; Montreal; Chicoutimi-Jonquiere; St. John’s, Newfoundland; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Ottawa, Ontario; Saint John, New Brunswick; Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario; Victoria, British Columbia; Toronto, Ontario; Vancouver, British Columbia; London, Ontario; Hamilton, Ontario; Oshawa, Ontario; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; St. Catharines-Niagara, Ontario; Regina, Saskatchewan; Edmonton, Alberta; Sudbury, Ontario; Thunder Bay, Ontario; Calgary, Alberta; and Windsor, Ontario.