Have you seen this label before?

Sample of gas vehicle fuel consumption label









This is a sample label for a gasoline vehicle, which is slightly different from the labels that appear on electric vehicles.

Ever wonder how to read fuel consumption labels and what all these numbers mean? That’s what we’re going to cover in this blog post.

The EnerGuide label gives model-specific fuel consumption information for new light-duty vehicles available for sale in Canada. This includes passenger cars, vans, pickup trucks and SUVs.

By using the EnerGuide labels, you can make comparisons between gas or electric vehicles and find the most fuel-efficient one that meets your everyday needs.

EnerGuide labels should remain on new vehicles until they are sold. If a new vehicle has no label, ask the dealer to give you the manufacturer’s fuel consumption information for the vehicle.


Understanding the EnerGuide Fuel Consumption Labels.

Vehicle Fuel Consumption label

1. Vehicle technology and fuel – The text and related icon identify the type of fuel used by the vehicle.

2. Fuel consumption – This is a prominent combined fuel consumption rating and separate city and highway fuel consumption ratings in L/100 km. The combined rating reflects 55% city and 45% highway driving.

3. Fuel economy – Here, the combined rating is expressed in miles per imperial gallon (mi/gal).

Gas vehicle fuel consumption label

4. Annual fuel cost – This is an estimate based on the combined fuel consumption rating, 20,000 km driven and the fuel price indicated.

5. Vehicle class range – This shows the best and worst combined fuel consumption ratings of vehicles in the same class.

6. CO2 and smog ratings – Here are the vehicle’s tailpipe emissions of CO2 and smog-forming pollutants rated on a scale from 1 (worst) to 10 (best). The CO2 emissions, in grams per kilometre driven, are shown on the CO2 bar.

7. QR code – The quick-response code links smartphone users to the fuel consumption ratings search tool.



Here is an example of an electric vehicle consumption label.

2021Tesla model 3 LR Enercan rating
2021 Tesla model 3 LR RATING


When you’re researching your next vehicle purchase, take a moment to compare fuel consumption ratings.

Your vehicle choice affects the environment.

The fuel burned from a gas vehicle, produces greenhouse gases in the environment. These greenhouse gases are produced mostly in the form of carbon dioxide or CO2.

For every litre of gasoline a vehicle uses, it generates about 2.3 kilograms of CO2, and these harmful emissions continue to contribute to climate change.

See our list of pre-owned electric vehicles for sale here.