Listed! Cars Worth A Test Drive

June 4, 2015

Buying a car and making a listThinking about buying a new car? From best-selling cars to award winners, narrowing down which cars may be worth a test drive can be tough to do. We’ve rounded up a few handy resources to help you decide which vehicles may be worth your consideration.

Canadian Black Book

If a car that retains its value is important, the Canadian Black Book each year publishes the vehicles they feel depreciate the least. While Toyota tends to dominate (they took home six first place finishes of the 20 available categories), European manufacturers have been making significant gains.

Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada recognizes the most fuel-efficient cars sold in Canada. Best-in-class vehicles have the lowest combined fuel consumption rating, based on 55 percent city and 45 percent highway driving. For each category of vehicle, the most fuel-efficient conventional vehicle and the most efficient plug-in hybrid electric or battery-electric vehicle are recognized (if available).

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

If it is car safety ratings that’s paramount, you might want to consider the results of the annual Top Safety Pick awards, released by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS conducts vehicle tests to determine crashworthiness—how well the vehicle protects you in a crash. It also rates vehicles for front crash prevention, systems that warn the driver or brake automatically to avoid or mitigate a frontal collision.

Automobile Journalists Association of Canada

The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) each year announces the vehicles they think are best-in-class. AJAC members (journalists, writers and photographers) get together to test, scrutinize and rate vehicles that are new to the Canadian market. They look at things like acceleration, braking, vehicle dynamics, maneuverability, safety features and cargo capacity to name a few. From these secret ballots, the Canadian Car of the Year winners are determined.

Canadian Green Car Award

Who said it wasn’t easy being green? Nowadays, if you’re looking for a car that includes impressive environmental attributes along with a mass-market appeal, the vehicles awarded the Canadian Green Car Award might be worth a look. This year’s overall winner is the Kia Soul EV (it’s a battery-electric, zero emission car), while previous years’ winners include the Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Honda Accord Hybrid.

ComparaSave (of course!)

Before putting down money on a new car, make sure the car insurance for it isn’t over the top. Car insurance rates are calculated, in part, by the car you drive: the odds it could be stolen, its repair costs, and how well it protects passengers from injury if involved in a collision. Depending on the car, you could end up paying hundreds of dollars more in car insurance each year. Don’t find out until it’s too late, compare car insurance quotes before you buy to see if another car on your short list ends up saving you money on your car insurance.