Fuel consumption testing procedure



If you’re like most Canadians, you’ve probably used the figures on the EnerGuide label to help you choose the vehicle that’s right for you.

Starting with the 2015 model year, vehicle manufacturers will use an improved testing procedure to determine the fuel consumption ratings of new vehicles.

The new Government of Canada test methods will better reflect everyday driving in Canada.

Manufacturers will use 5 different tests designed to simulate different road conditions:

  • Driving in cold weather
  • Driving in hot weather with air conditioning in use
  • High speed/rapid acceleration driving
  • Stop and go city driving, and
  • Driving on highways and rural roads

The testing is done in laboratories to make sure every car is tested under identical conditions in order to ensure consistency.

These five tests will better reflect what it’s like to drive a car in Canada twelve months of the year – creating ratings that are far more useful for you.

As a result of the new testing, fuel consumption ratings will immediately jump up by 10% to 20% for most vehicles – not because vehicle manufacturers are producing less efficient vehicles, but because the testing is more extensive - and a lot more realistic.
Despite the new methodology no test can simulate all the possible combinations of conditions that Canadian drivers experience.

It’s all about how, where, and when you drive.

Visit vehicles.gc.ca for more information.