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 $29,514
2 Mazda $31,035
3 Hyundai $32,427
4 Subaru $32,633
5 FIAT $34,765
6 Honda $34,902
7 KIA $35,719
8 Volkswagen $36,536
9 Jeep $39,225
10 Toyota $39,454
11 Ford $40,185
12 MINI $40,221
13 Nissan $41,803
14 Chevrolet $41,853
15 Chrysler $42,606
16 Buick $43,146
17 Acura $45,307
18 Dodge $45,708
19 RAM $46,401
20 GMC $47,427
21 Lexus $53,167
22 Cadillac $54,916
23 Volvo $55,292
24 INFINITI $57,995
25 Tesla $60,506
26 Audi $61,709
27 Lincoln $62,160
28 BMW $70,896
29 Jaguar $73,751
30 Mercedes-Benz $79,694
31 Land Rover $85,185
32 Porsche $97,259

Cars with the Cheapest 5 Year Ownership Costs

The Least Expensive Cars to Own

Rank Model 5 Year Cost to Own
1 Toyota RAV4 $29,015
2 Mazda MX-5 Miata $31,225
3 Honda Accord $31,941
4 Honda CR-V $32,025
5 Subaru Legacy $32,949
6 Toyota Tacoma $32,993
7 Hyundai Tucson $33,211
8 Mazda CX-5 $33,333
9 Subaru Outback $33,578
10 Ford Ranger $34,685
11 Volkswagen Tiguan $35,058
12 Toyota Highlander $35,575
13 Nissan Frontier $35,577
14 Subaru BRZ $35,605
15 KIA Sportage $35,784
16 Chevrolet Equinox $36,317
17 Nissan NV200 $36,673
18 Jeep Wrangler $36,826
19 Ford Mustang $37,020
20 Toyota Avalon $37,420
21 Ford Transit Connect $37,456
22 GMC Canyon $37,460
23 Chevrolet Colorado $37,812
24 Lexus ES 350 $37,825
25 Chrysler Voyager $37,870
26 Acura ILX $37,907
27 GMC Terrain $38,213
28 MINI Countryman $38,247
29 Volkswagen Golf GTI $38,264
30 Tesla Model 3 $38,479
31 Toyota Sienna $39,033
32 Toyota Avalon Hybrid $39,157
33 Subaru Ascent $39,253
34 Hyundai Santa Fe $39,330
35 Ford Edge $39,561
36 Honda Passport $39,579
37 Mazda CX-9 $40,017
38 KIA Sorento $40,103
39 Chevrolet Camaro $40,126
40 Audi Q3 $40,230
41 Ford F-150 $40,474
42 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 $40,555
43 Toyota 4Runner $40,590
44 Jeep Cherokee $40,881
45 Nissan Murano $40,940
46 Honda Odyssey $40,986
47 Jeep Gladiator $41,531
48 Honda Pilot $41,539
49 MINI Clubman $42,195
50 Chevrolet Blazer $42,320
51 Chrysler 300 $42,347
52 GMC Sierra 1500 $42,594
53 Nissan Maxima $42,623
54 Nissan Titan $42,691
55 Dodge Charger $42,785
56 Lexus NX 300 $42,787
57 Nissan 370Z $42,949
58 Audi A3 $43,098
59 KIA Sedona $43,134
60 Nissan Pathfinder $43,195
61 Volkswagen Atlas $43,318
62 GMC Acadia $43,407
63 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class $43,503
64 Hyundai Palisade $43,941
65 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class $44,142
66 Volkswagen Arteon $44,178
67 Acura RDX $44,250
68 Audi A4 $44,331
69 Dodge Durango $44,404
70 BMW X1 $44,804
71 KIA Telluride $44,862
72 Acura TLX $44,905
73 Chevrolet Traverse $45,050
74 Buick Envision $45,054
75 Mercedes-Benz A-Class $45,075
76 Ford Explorer $45,280
77 Cadillac XT4 $45,386
78 Volvo XC40 $45,429
79 Honda Ridgeline $45,483
80 KIA Stinger $46,284
81 RAM 1500 $46,401
82 Lincoln Corsair $46,837
83 Audi A5 $47,596
84 Chrysler Pacifica $47,602
85 INFINITI QX50 $47,734
86 BMW 3 Series $47,761
87 INFINITI Q50 $48,013
88 Cadillac CT4 $48,064
89 BMW X2 $49,077
90 Buick Enclave $50,524
91 BMW 2 Series $50,546
92 Audi Q5 $50,741
93 Volvo S60 $50,835
94 Cadillac CT5 $50,936
95 Jeep Grand Cherokee $52,082
96 INFINITI QX60 $52,093
97 Land Rover Discovery Sport $55,355
98 BMW X3 $55,657