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Top 10 Countries in Which to be a Motorist

The US is the cheapest among the countries when it comes to the cost of ownership. It’s also one of the deadliest


  • Canada is #7 in the standings.

  • The US is #2.

  • In all, 25 countries were evaluated.


What’s interesting about this study is that the rankings are based on numerous factors. All 25 countries were evaluated based on operating costs vs. disposable income, congestion levels, road quality. and road mortality. Out of the 25, the US is #2, Canada is #3, and Russia is #25.

For the most part, we know we have it good in North America. Although fuel prices are rising, buying and running cars here is still relatively affordable. We also have decent to good infrastructure, although we think the Canadian rating for road quality probably left out Quebec.

Even so, Compare the Market has determined that Denmark, one of the most expensive countries in which to own a vehicle, is the best place to be as a motorist. The US is in second place mostly because of the extremely high mortality rate. Canada is average to better-than-average in every statistic.

Here are the Top 10 best countries in which to be a motorist:

Rank

Country

Expenses to disposable income ratio

Average congestion level

Road quality

Road mortality rate

1

Denmark

30%

18%

5.5

3.70

2

USA

13%

14%

5.7

12.67

3

Netherlands

20%

18%

6.1

3.98

4

Portugal

23%

17%

6.0

8.20

5

France

21%

21%

6.0

5.13

6

Finland

22%

15%

5.4

3.89

7

Canada

20%

17%

5.4

5.34

8

Sweden

23%

18%

5.5

3.14

9

Germany

20%

21%

5.5

3.78

10

Australia

18%

20%

4.8

4.94

And the Top 10 worst countries:

Rank

Country

Expenses to disposable income ratio

Average congestion level

Road quality

Road mortality rate

1

Russia

18%

37%

2.9

12.00

2

Brazil

26%

28%

3.1

16.05

3

Mexico

35%

36%

4.4

12.78

4

South Africa

41%

19%

4.4

22.22

5

Ireland

28%

31%

4.6

3.13

6

Greece

28%

28%

4.5

8.31

7

Hungary

22%

27%

4.1

7.74

8

Poland

21%

28%

4.1

9.38

9

Chile

30%

31%

5.2

14.91

10

Czech Republic

24%

19%

4.0

5.95

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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