Ranking the Least Expensive Cars to Own

Purchasing a vehicle is a big investment. If you are not mindful about it, the ongoing costs can be significant. There are many things that cause vehicles to be costly to own and operate. The big expenses are depreciation, insurance, maintenance and repairs, financing costs, and fuel. We have brought all of those costs together, for over 250 models. You can see which makes and models are inexpensive to own and operate, and which ones are not. The underlying data is available for all 5 cost areas. So dig in, and see what you discover about your vehicle or one that you are considering.

Brands with the Cheapest 5 Year Ownership Costs

The Least Expensive Brands to Own

Rank Brand 5 Year Cost to Own
1 Mitsubishi $30,731
2 Hyundai $33,901
3 Mazda $34,096
4 Subaru $34,619
5 FIAT $35,247
6 Honda $36,038
7 Volkswagen $37,675
8 KIA $38,527
9 Jeep $40,675
10 MINI $40,850
11 Toyota $41,129
12 Ford $41,414
13 Chevrolet $43,115
14 Nissan $44,200
15 Chrysler $44,441
16 Buick $44,822
17 Dodge $45,275
18 GMC $49,793
19 RAM $50,484
20 Acura $52,509
21 Lexus $58,483
22 Volvo $58,599
23 INFINITI $61,280
24 Cadillac $61,673
25 Lincoln $64,039
26 Audi $66,849
27 Tesla $67,905
28 Jaguar $73,000
29 BMW $77,233
30 Mercedes-Benz $80,789
31 Land Rover $88,311
32 Porsche $102,078

Cars with the Cheapest 5 Year Ownership Costs

The Least Expensive Cars to Own

Rank Model 5 Year Cost to Own
1 Honda CR-V $32,835
2 Honda Accord $34,096
3 Toyota Tacoma $34,139
4 Subaru Legacy $34,773
5 Mazda MX-5 Miata $35,010
6 Subaru Outback $35,099
7 Mazda CX-5 $35,672
8 Jeep Wrangler $36,357
9 Subaru BRZ $36,430
10 Ford Ranger $36,902
11 Volkswagen Tiguan $37,215
12 Volkswagen Golf GTI $37,257
13 Nissan Frontier $38,129
14 GMC Canyon $38,387
15 Toyota Highlander $38,605
16 Ford Transit Connect $38,970
17 Tesla Model 3 $39,031
18 Chevrolet Equinox $39,156
19 Chevrolet Impala $39,184
20 Acura ILX $39,470
21 Ford Mustang $39,836
22 Chrysler Voyager $40,044
23 Toyota 4Runner $40,296
24 Ford Edge $40,435
25 GMC Sierra 1500 $40,604
26 Jeep Cherokee $40,673
27 Toyota Avalon $40,701
28 GMC Terrain $40,778
29 MINI Clubman $40,823
30 MINI Countryman $40,877
31 Toyota Sienna $40,928
32 Honda Odyssey $41,135
33 Nissan Murano $41,136
34 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 $41,357
35 Ford F-150 $41,508
36 Toyota Avalon Hybrid $41,625
37 Lexus ES 350 $42,221
38 Chevrolet Colorado $42,362
39 Audi Q3 $42,757
40 Chevrolet Camaro $42,925
41 KIA Sorento $42,999
42 Subaru Ascent $43,320
43 Hyundai Santa Fe $43,336
44 Dodge Grand Caravan $43,509
45 KIA Telluride $44,005
46 Honda Passport $44,096
47 Honda Pilot $44,114
48 Jeep Gladiator $44,169
49 Chrysler 300 $44,369
50 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class $45,029
51 Nissan 370Z $45,139
52 Audi A3 $45,183
53 Buick Envision $45,290
54 KIA Sedona $45,313
55 Nissan Pathfinder $45,347
56 Hyundai Palisade $45,646
57 Chevrolet Blazer $45,951
58 Dodge Charger $46,279
59 Mazda CX-9 $46,296
60 Volkswagen Atlas $46,495
61 GMC Acadia $46,778
62 Lincoln MKZ $47,061
63 Acura RDX $47,071
64 Volvo XC40 $47,097
65 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class $47,102
66 Honda Ridgeline $47,326
67 Nissan Titan $47,414
68 Dodge Durango $47,565
69 Dodge Challenger $47,574
70 Chevrolet Traverse $47,604
71 Ford Explorer $47,924
72 Lexus NX 300 $48,071
73 Acura TLX $48,386
74 Chrysler Pacifica $48,909
75 Audi A4 $48,934
76 Volkswagen Arteon $49,046
77 KIA Stinger $49,046
78 Cadillac XT4 $49,168
79 Mercedes-Benz A-Class $49,677
80 INFINITI QX50 $49,828
81 KIA Cadenza $50,063
82 Cadillac CT4 $50,199
83 Lincoln Corsair $50,481
84 RAM 1500 $50,484
85 BMW X1 $50,513
86 Nissan Maxima $51,099
87 BMW 3 Series $51,353
88 BMW X2 $52,200
89 INFINITI Q50 $52,883
90 Audi A5 $53,203
91 Volvo S60 $53,295
92 BMW 2 Series $53,435
93 Cadillac CT5 $53,441
94 Buick Enclave $54,066
95 Jaguar XE $54,292
96 Audi Q5 $54,855
97 Jeep Grand Cherokee $55,080
98 INFINITI QX60 $55,460
99 Land Rover Discovery Sport $56,741
100 BMW X3 $59,270