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Ownership costs

Look down the road to see how much that car will cost

Last updated: February 2015

Getting a good deal when buying your car is important. But it's just as critical to look down the road at how much a vehicle will cost you to own. Here are the models we've tested that have the lowest and highest owner-cost estimates, per category, over the first five years. The estimates factor in depreciation, fuel cost, loan interest, insurance premiums, sales tax, and maintenance and repairs.  These vehicles are equipped with typical options and an automatic transmission, unless noted otherwise.

Least expensive overall

Category Make & model Cost over first five years
Subcompact cars Toyota Prius C Two
Compact car Toyota Prius Four
Midsized sedan
Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE
Large cars Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited
Luxury sedan Lexus ES300h 42,000
Sporty car Honda Civic Si (manual)
Small SUVs Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 34,200
Midsized SUVs Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4 36,600
Large SUVs Chevrolet Traverse LT
Compact luxury SUVs Mini Cooper Countryman S
Midsized & large luxury SUVs
Buick Enclave CXL

Most expensive overall

Category Make & model Cost over first five years
Subcompact cars Hyundai Veloster (base, manual)
Compact cars
Dodge Dart Aero (1.4T)
Midsized sedans Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium (V6)
Large cars Chrysler 300C 55,800
Upscale sedans Lexus IS 250 (AWD)
Luxury sedans BMW 750Li 106,200
Sporty car Porsche Boxster 2.7 (manual) 64,200
Small SUVs Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 48,000
Midsized SUVs Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (V6) 57,000
Large SUVs Nissan Armada Platinum
Compact luxury SUVs Cadillac SRX Luxury
Mercedes-Benz GLK 350
Midsized & large luxury SUVs
Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec 78,000

Learn more about car ownership costs.

In addition to research and reviews, Consumer Reports offers subscribers access to the Build & Buy Car Buying Service at no additional cost. Through this service, a nationwide network of more than 7,000 participating dealers provide upfront pricing information, as well as a certificate to receive guaranteed savings off MSRP (in most states). The pricing information and guaranteed savings includes eligible incentives. Consumer Reports subscribers have saved an average of $2,919 off MSRP with the Build & Buy Car Buying Service.

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