How accurate are fuel economy ratings
In an attempt to promote transparency within the automotive industry, the Government of Canada, specifically Joe Oliver, Canada’s minister of natural resources, created a number of rules regarding the publishing of fuel economy ratings.
Under the new legislation, fuel economy ratings must consider everyday driving experiences such as cold weather (which we see a lot of in Edmonton in the winter), and air conditioner use. These new ratings are being implemented with all 2015 model year vehicles.
The hope is that these new ratings will help residents of Canada wondering how accurate are fuel economy ratings make a more informed decision when it comes time to purchase a vehicle.
This type of transparency will allow Canadian drivers to buy the most fuel-efficient vehicle that fits their lifestyle, rather than just provide a generalization. Some of the other driving habits consumers may want to take into consideration when purchasing a new vehicle is the speed at which you drive and whether you experience rapid acceleration and braking situations, both of which could generally affect the fuel economy rating of a vehicle.
In addition, more label information will appear starting in 2016 model year vehicles that provide more realistic fuel consumption data. The labels are expected to include information such as fuel consumption of other models in the vehicle’s class, as well as CO2 emissions of vehicles in the same class. This will hopefully allow consumers to make more informed decisions when comparing makes and models, and will also promote competition within the automotive industry.
The labels will be especially helpful with the release and development of new and emerging technologies such as battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
Chrysler Corporation has been on the front end of producing highly efficient vehicles in recent years, and we look forward to providing consumers with more information regarding the vehicles we offer at Great West Chrysler!
What do you think about these new rules when it comes to fuel economy ratings? Will they be helpful? Or create more clutter when doing research on purchasing a new vehicle? We’d love to hear your thoughts below!