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 Chevrolet Spark $25,089
2 Nissan Versa $25,221
3 Honda Fit $25,379
4 Toyota Yaris $26,038
5 KIA Rio $26,183
6 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 $26,339
7 Mitsubishi Mirage $26,772
8 Hyundai Accent $26,887
9 Toyota Corolla $26,949
10 KIA Soul $28,112
11 Hyundai Venue $28,204
12 Nissan Sentra $28,393
13 KIA Forte $28,424
14 Nissan Kicks $28,485
15 Mazda 3 $28,556
16 Honda Civic $28,566
17 Subaru Impreza $28,676
18 Mazda CX-3 $28,677
19 Hyundai Elantra $29,379
20 Chevrolet Sonic $29,482
21 Toyota RAV4 $30,176
22 Volkswagen Golf $30,449
23 Volkswagen Jetta $30,735
24 Hyundai Elantra GT $30,990
25 Honda Insight $31,040
26 Subaru Crosstrek $31,049
27 Toyota Prius $31,154
28 Toyota Camry $31,342
29 Mazda CX-30 $31,547
30 Toyota C-HR $31,651
31 Hyundai Kona $31,764
32 Honda HR-V $31,788
33 Volkswagen Passat $32,529
34 Mazda 6 $32,913
35 Subaru Forester $32,989
36 Nissan Rogue Sport $33,110
37 Jeep Compass $33,230
38 Hyundai Veloster $33,332
39 Ford Ecosport $33,417
40 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross $33,760
41 Nissan Rogue $33,821
42 Chevrolet Trax $33,849
43 Ford Escape $33,969
44 Hyundai Sonata $34,144
45 Ford Fusion $34,365
46 Jeep Renegade $34,543
47 FIAT 500X $34,868
48 Buick Encore $35,110
49 KIA Optima $35,184
50 Hyundai Tucson $35,324
51 FIAT 500L $35,626
52 Nissan Altima $35,729
53 Chevrolet Malibu $35,733
54 KIA Sportage $35,942
55 Mitsubishi Outlander $36,051
56 Nissan NV200 $39,269
57 Dodge Journey $41,448