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    10 lightest cars in Canada 2014 / 2015 (vs. Nissan Micra)

    The 2015 Micra is a featherweight compared to most. But where does it rank among the lightest of the light cars in Canada? Let's have a look at the top 10.

    Curb weights are from manufacturers' websites, current as of today for the 2014 model year (or 2015, if no 2014 model available as with the Micra). Ranking is by manual transmission weight (if available, else automatic).

    No surprise seeing one car near the top of the list whose maker's famous philosophy was "simplify, then add lightness..."

    Car Manual Weight
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    (Images from respective manufacturers.)

    *Note: just for comparison, Nissan Mexico lists the March (Micra) weight at 978 (2156) for the lightest manual transmission model. The Canadian Micra has gained more weight with additional standard equipment (additional air bags, stabilizer bars, power options, etc.).

    So, the Canadian Micra finds itself on the portly side of the scale compared to its closest competitors, the Mirage and Spark.

    But what about power to weight ratios? See thread: Micra vs competitors power to weight ratio comparison


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        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2015 Micra S manual: 5.0 L/100 km ... 56.5 mpg (Imp) ... 20.0 km/L ... 47.0 mpg (US) ...


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    So, there is only one car that is really close to comparable to the Micra weight wise and that is the Mirage. The others are 2-3 seaters. I'd say that ranks pretty good!

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    Are these weights (at least for the Micra) for the base model? Certainly the weight would depend on if it has A/C or not.

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    Yup. All the weights are for the lightest manual or automatic version of each car (where different weights were given for different trims).

    So, you're right: many of these base models don't have A/C as standard equipment (in Canada).

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        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2015 Micra S manual: 5.0 L/100 km ... 56.5 mpg (Imp) ... 20.0 km/L ... 47.0 mpg (US) ...


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    That's pretty impressive, especially considering even Civics now are 2750+!

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    Update: official specs

    Update...

    I just revised the curb weight table with fresh specs from Nissan Canada. The Micra porked up a bit more than expected on its journey north from Mexico: the lightest manual transmission version gained 66 kg / 146 lbs with added equipment.

    Or a layer of fat for the long, cold winters!

    So the car has moved from 5th to 8th place in the list.

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        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2015 Micra S manual: 5.0 L/100 km ... 56.5 mpg (Imp) ... 20.0 km/L ... 47.0 mpg (US) ...


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    Yikes, thats quite the weight gain... I wonder where it all came from.

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    Poutine and maple syrup, baby!

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        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2015 Micra S manual: 5.0 L/100 km ... 56.5 mpg (Imp) ... 20.0 km/L ... 47.0 mpg (US) ...


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    Since I've never seen one in person yet, can someone enlighten me to how it compares size wise to a Ford Fiesta? Not in just weight, but overall length/width of the two vehicles. I test drove a Fiesta today and rather enjoyed the size of it.

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    Need to put the original K10 Canadian Micra in that list, at 740 kg (1631.4 lbs). http://mymicra.com/?page_id=12



    In our culture obsessed with absurd excess, the Nissan Micra is my counterculture car of choice.
    Be sure to visit my blog at mymicra.com!

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        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2015 Micra SV manual: 6.4 L/100 km ... 44.3 mpg (Imp) ... 15.7 km/L ... 36.9 mpg (US) ...


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