A LEG­END TO OUR BUY­ERS' GUIDE LIST­INGS

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MAR­KET CAT­E­GORIES 4

Just like we did last year, we've di­vided the in­dus­try into seven mar­ket cat­e­gories: Small Cars, Fam­ily Cars, CUV/SUV/MINI­VAN, Pickup Trucks, Per­for­mance Cars, Lux­ury Cars and Lux­ury SUVS. As was the case last year, we made some judge­ment calls re­gard­ing the place­ment of sev­eral ve­hi­cles that could fit in more than one cat­e­gory (i.e., the Buick Ver­ano could fit in both the Small and Lux­ury Car cat­e­gory – we chose Lux­ury). We also tried to limit the num­ber of ve­hi­cles ap­pear­ing in mul­ti­ple cat­e­gories, but given the range of mod­els avail­able, some­times we did put a car in more than one cat­e­gory, such as the Dodge Charger

Ev­ery cat­e­gory starts with its own In­dex/ta­ble of Con­tents page that lists the page where each model in that cat­e­gory can be found. For shop­ping be­tween ve­hi­cles in mul­ti­ple cat­e­gories, check the com­plete Ve­hi­cle In­dex that starts on page 192, which al­pha­bet­i­cally lists ev­ery model in the mag­a­zine.

4 Made in Canada badge. We also high­light which ve­hi­cles are built in Canada with a Made in Canada badge.

5 2017 price ranges. Th­ese are the start­ing prices for the base to the top trim, be­fore fur­ther op­tional equip­ment. We haven't in­cluded freight and des­ti­na­tion prices, or dis­counts for pro­vin­cial green ve­hi­cle re­bates of $2,500 to $8,500, which vary by prov­ince and model.

If fi­nal prices were not avail­able at press time, we've ei­ther in­cluded es­ti­mated pric­ing, of­ten from the 2016 ver­sion, or noted it not avail­able with an “NA.”

6 Spec box We list each ve­hi­cle and its body style vari­ants in our list­ings, but not each trim level. The Engine lists the num­ber and size of the avail­able en­gines, in this case of the Honda Civic ex­am­ple shown, the 2.0L l4 rep­re­sents a 2.0-litre in­line four engine. When mul­ti­ple en­gines are avail­able and mul­ti­ple ve­hi­cles listed (as with Mal­ibu and Mal­ibu Hy­brid), the first few en­gines cor­re­spond to the base ve­hi­cle listed first, and then the fol­low­ing ve­hi­cle(s) in the same or­der as the model as listed. Horsepower and torque, along with avail­able trans­mis­sions are again listed for th­ese main mod­els. New for this year's guide are two spot­light stats for each cat­e­gory that we think are wor­thy of high­light­ing graph­i­cally. In the Small Car class, its fuel tank ca­pac­ity and cargo vol­ume. The fig­ures in th­ese grahics rep­re­sent where a spe­cific ve­hi­cle falls within the class when com­pared against its peers.

7 Side row fuel but­tons For all cat­e­gories, we show what type of fuel the ve­hi­cle uses, in terms of gas (but­ton) or diesel fuel (but­ton). Plus we show what level of elec­tri­fi­ca­tion, if any. So there's a Hy­brid (but­ton) no­ta­tion for gas-elec­tric hy­brids that gen­er­ate their own elec­tric­ity through re­gen­er­a­tive brak­ing. A Plug-in (but­ton) no­ta­tion to des­ig­nate a plug-in hy­brid ve­hi­cle that uses even less gas by al­low­ing driv­ers to plug into an ex­ter­nal source of elec­tric­ity; th­ese will re­vert back to reg­u­lar gas-pow­ered hy­brid mode when the bat­tery charge is used up (in 10 to 80km, depend­ing on model and weather). BEV (but­ton) stands for Bat­tery Elec­tric Ve­hi­cles, like the Tesla Model S or Nis­san Leaf, which use no gaso­line what­so­ever, while FCEV (but­ton) de­notes the one fuel cell elec­tric ve­hi­cle of­fered in Canada ( just BC), the Hyundai Tuc­son FCEV.

Side row CAR but­tons coupe, Wagon, Hatch, Conv) Th­ese are fairly self-ex­plana­tory, but we list which body styles are of­fered for each model, for sedan (four-door), coupe (twodoor), wagon (five-door with ex­tended cargo area), hatch­back (less ex­tended five-door) and CONV, de­not­ing a con­vert­ible. Side row SUV but­tons (SUV, Coupe, Vans, Mini­van, Con­vert­ible) Th­ese body styles vary slightly for our SUV cat­e­gories, so we use SUV to mean both crossovers and sport-util­ity ve­hi­cles, Coupe to de­note two-door mod­els, Vans for more work-ori­ented vans, Mini­van for slid­ing door peo­ple-movers, and Conv for con­vert­ible ver­sions avail­able. Side row PICK-UPS but­tons (REG CAB, EXT CAB, DOU­BLE CAB,EXT BOX, HD) For pickup trucks, we break out what types of body styles are avail­able to them as well, with REG CAB de­not­ing Reg­u­lar Cab (win­dow di­rectly be­hind head) mod­els, EXT CAB for ex­tended cab mod­els that of­fer a lit­tle ex­tra space, some­times with a small ex­tra door or back seats. A DOU­BLE CAB de­notes a dou­ble cab model with four full doors and rear bench seats.

We also spec­ify with an EXT BOX no­ta­tion if an ex­tended box/bed is avail­able, or if a heavy duty HD ver­sion is of­fered.

8 NR­CAN Stats No mat­ter where fuel prices are now, fuel ef­fi­ciency is of­ten a key buy­ing con­sid­er­a­tion, be­cause gas prices are very likely to fluc­tu­ate greatly over the course of own­ing any ve­hi­cle – and his­tor­i­cally, the trend is over­whelm­ingly up­ward. For clar­ity, we list Nr­can's over­all com­bined city and high­way fig­ure in litres per 100 km, which re­flects 55 per cent city use and 45 per cent high­way, us­ing the base model engine paired with the au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, since that is typ­i­cally the most com­mon com­bi­na­tion sold.

Full NR­CAN fuel ef­fi­ciency fig­ures for ev­ery engine, trans­mis­sion and driv­e­train com­bi­na­tion are avail­able at oee. nr­can.gc.ca, or di­rectly here: oee.nr­can.

Hy­brid ex­panded list­ing Speak­ing of mul­ti­ple com­bi­na­tions, we have cre­ated some ex­panded list­ings where we wanted to show mul­ti­ple ver­sions of a ve­hi­cle. This could be be­cause of the many body style or driv­e­train op­tions they of­fer, and of­ten a com­bi­na­tion of th­ese fac­tors. When there is a marked in­crease in fuel ef­fi­ciency for one ver­sion of a ve­hi­cle com­pared to the base model with the au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, we've gen­er­ally noted its com­bined fig­ure in the ve­hi­cle's mini-re­view. CO2 box In recog­ni­tion of in­creased en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness and sen­si­tiv­ity, we've also pro­vided the Nat­u­ral Re­sources Canada rating on car­bon diox­ide (CO2), which takes the rel­a­tively ob­scure Co2/km rating for each ve­hi­cle and trans­lates it into a green­house gas “score,” from worst (1) to best (10). An­nual fuel cost box We have also listed Nr­can's an­nual fuel cost rating, again for that same base model with au­to­matic, which trans­lates the over­all fuel con­sump­tion rating to a spe­cific and com­pa­ra­ble dol­lar fig­ure on how much you'll spend to fuel it for a year. This fig­ure pre­sumes the ve­hi­cle will travel 20,000 km, based on a fuel price of C$1.09 per litre, so your ac­tual costs will likely vary.

But not by as much as be­fore, since Nat­u­ral Re­sources Canada finally in­sti­tuted a more ac­cu­rate five-cy­cle test­ing pro­gram two years ago, in­stead of the two-cy­cle sys­tem the U.S. be­gan us­ing in 2008. Cana­dian fuel ef­fi­ciency tests are now much more de­tailed, and the results more reflective of real-world con­di­tions. See page 36 for a full ex­pla­na­tion of what changed, and how the new En­er­guide la­bel on the wind­shield of ev­ery new ve­hi­cle that lists its fuel con­sump­tion is more use­ful now as well.

And for even more de­tailed in­for­ma­tion, our guide.ig­ni­tion­mag.ca site will fea­ture more list­ings, ex­panded photo gal­leries, and search­able text, plus cus­tom­iz­a­ble search fields that will al­low you to eas­ily find, for ex­am­ple, the small SUV with the most cargo room and the best fuel econ­omy in a cer­tain price range range.

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