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 $30,423
2 Mazda $31,767
3 Subaru $33,109
4 Hyundai $33,318
5 FIAT $34,045
6 Honda $35,593
7 KIA $36,834
8 Volkswagen $37,883
9 Jeep $40,199
10 Toyota $40,535
11 Ford $41,169
12 MINI $41,422
13 Nissan $42,856
14 Chevrolet $43,206
15 Chrysler $43,463
16 Buick $44,244
17 Dodge $45,478
18 Acura $45,961
19 RAM $48,179
20 GMC $48,547
21 Lexus $54,251
22 Cadillac $55,851
23 Volvo $56,346
24 INFINITI $59,012
25 Tesla $61,506
26 Lincoln $63,295
27 Audi $63,339
28 BMW $72,761
29 Jaguar $75,352
30 Mercedes-Benz $81,392
31 Land Rover $86,430
32 Porsche $99,353

Cars with the Cheapest 5 Year Ownership Costs

The Least Expensive Cars to Own

Rank Model 5 Year Cost to Own
1 Toyota RAV4 $30,190
2 Mazda MX-5 Miata $31,379
3 Honda Accord $32,058
4 Honda CR-V $32,362
5 Toyota Tacoma $33,330
6 Mazda CX-5 $33,444
7 Subaru Legacy $33,457
8 Hyundai Tucson $33,826
9 Subaru Outback $35,479
10 Subaru BRZ $35,565
11 Ford Ranger $35,970
12 Toyota Highlander $36,051
13 Nissan Frontier $36,452
14 Volkswagen Tiguan $36,704
15 Chevrolet Equinox $36,963
16 KIA Sportage $37,437
17 Nissan NV200 $37,761
18 GMC Canyon $37,775
19 Ford Transit Connect $37,869
20 Toyota Avalon $37,920
21 Chrysler Voyager $38,276
22 Lexus ES 350 $38,651
23 Jeep Wrangler $38,662
24 Chevrolet Colorado $38,709
25 Acura ILX $38,834
26 GMC Terrain $38,935
27 Ford Mustang $38,961
28 Tesla Model 3 $39,271
29 Toyota Sienna $39,681
30 Hyundai Santa Fe $39,881
31 MINI Countryman $40,098
32 Volkswagen Golf GTI $40,101
33 Subaru Ascent $40,279
34 KIA Sorento $40,333
35 Toyota Avalon Hybrid $40,360
36 Honda Passport $40,833
37 Ford Edge $40,914
38 Mazda CX-9 $40,941
39 Audi Q3 $40,965
40 Chevrolet Camaro $41,253
41 Honda Odyssey $41,509
42 Nissan Murano $41,596
43 Ford F-150 $42,058
44 Jeep Cherokee $42,091
45 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 $42,203
46 Toyota 4Runner $42,363
47 Honda Pilot $42,595
48 MINI Clubman $42,746
49 Jeep Gladiator $42,913
50 Nissan Maxima $43,041
51 Nissan 370Z $43,585
52 Nissan Pathfinder $43,601
53 Lexus NX 300 $43,638
54 Chevrolet Blazer $43,702
55 Audi A3 $43,769
56 Dodge Charger $43,849
57 Chrysler 300 $43,955
58 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class $44,261
59 GMC Sierra 1500 $44,403
60 KIA Sedona $44,517
61 GMC Acadia $44,537
62 Nissan Titan $44,731
63 Acura RDX $44,787
64 Dodge Durango $44,821
65 Hyundai Palisade $44,843
66 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class $44,905
67 Acura TLX $45,017
68 Volkswagen Arteon $45,072
69 Audi A4 $45,218
70 BMW X1 $45,457
71 Volkswagen Atlas $45,738
72 Honda Ridgeline $45,934
73 Mercedes-Benz A-Class $45,965
74 Cadillac XT4 $46,069
75 Ford Explorer $46,111
76 Buick Envision $46,280
77 Volvo XC40 $46,367
78 KIA Telluride $46,381
79 Chevrolet Traverse $46,672
80 Lincoln Corsair $47,631
81 Chrysler Pacifica $48,159
82 RAM 1500 $48,179
83 INFINITI QX50 $48,365
84 KIA Stinger $48,446
85 Audi A5 $48,674
86 Cadillac CT4 $48,819
87 BMW 3 Series $48,874
88 INFINITI Q50 $49,078
89 BMW X2 $49,837
90 Cadillac CT5 $51,721
91 Volvo S60 $51,721
92 Buick Enclave $51,967
93 BMW 2 Series $52,028
94 Audi Q5 $52,290
95 Jeep Grand Cherokee $52,512
96 INFINITI QX60 $52,815
97 Land Rover Discovery Sport $55,926
98 BMW X3 $56,246