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 Nissan Versa $24,196
2 Chevrolet Spark $24,889
3 KIA Rio $25,477
4 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 $25,532
5 Subaru Impreza $26,157
6 Toyota Corolla $26,250
7 Mitsubishi Mirage $26,418
8 Mazda CX-3 $26,467
9 Hyundai Accent $26,914
10 KIA Soul $26,979
11 Hyundai Venue $27,432
12 Honda Civic $27,571
13 Honda Insight $27,795
14 Mazda 3 $28,092
15 Hyundai Elantra $28,479
16 Volkswagen Jetta $28,514
17 Nissan Kicks $28,529
18 Nissan Sentra $28,716
19 KIA Forte $28,910
20 Toyota C-HR $29,216
21 Toyota Prius $29,524
22 Honda HR-V $29,682
23 Subaru Crosstrek $29,920
24 Mazda CX-30 $29,983
25 Subaru Forester $30,905
26 Hyundai Kona $30,947
27 Volkswagen Passat $31,166
28 Toyota Camry $31,242
29 Jeep Compass $31,761
30 Mazda 6 $32,065
31 Ford Ecosport $32,679
32 Hyundai Veloster $32,851
33 KIA Optima $33,030
34 Jeep Renegade $33,254
35 Nissan Rogue $33,376
36 Nissan Rogue Sport $33,516
37 Ford Escape $33,760
38 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross $33,838
39 FIAT 500L $34,045
40 Chevrolet Trax $34,077
41 Chevrolet Malibu $34,278
42 Buick Encore $34,484
43 Hyundai Sonata $34,693
44 Nissan Altima $35,037
45 Mitsubishi Outlander $35,903