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Most and least expensive cars to own

Look beyond the purchase price

Published: March 14, 2014 09:00 AM

Toyota Camry Hybrid

 

It's important, of course, to get a good deal when you buy a car. 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.

See our full best and worst lists to help you narrow down your choices based on what matters most.

Least expensive 5-year owner cost Most expensive 5-year owner cost
Subcompact cars Toyota Prius C Two $24,600 Hyundai Veloster (base, manual)
$32,400
Compact cars Toyota Prius Four $28,200 Dodge Dart Aero (1.4T) $37,200
Midsized sedans Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE $31,800 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium (V6) $45,600
Large cars
Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited $41,400 Chrysler 300C $55,800
Upscale sedans
Buick Verano Leather (2.4) &
Lexus CT 200h Premium
$37,800 Lexus IS 250 (AWD) $54,000
Luxury sedan Lexus ES300h $42,000 BMW 750Li $106,200
Sporty cars Honda Civic Si (manual)
$34,800 Porsche Boxster 2.7 (manual) $64,200
Small SUVs Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium $34,200 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL $48,000
Midsized SUVs Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4 $36,600 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (V8) $57,000
Large SUVs Chevrolet Traverse $51,000 Nissan Armada Platinum $72,000
Compact luxury SUVs Mini Cooper Countryman S $37,800 Cadillac SRX Luxury & Mercedes-Benz GLK350 $57,000
Midsized & large luxury SUVs
Buick Enclave CXL $54,600 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec $78,000

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Editor's Note: This article also appears in the April 2014 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.
   

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