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 Nissan Versa $23,640
2 Chevrolet Spark $23,716
3 KIA Rio $24,357
4 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 $24,658
5 Mitsubishi Mirage $25,229
6 Hyundai Accent $25,360
7 Mazda CX-3 $25,453
8 Toyota Corolla $25,505
9 KIA Soul $26,138
10 Subaru Impreza $26,241
11 Honda Civic $26,746
12 Mazda 3 $26,764
13 Nissan Sentra $27,076
14 Hyundai Venue $27,115
15 Honda Insight $27,136
16 KIA Forte $27,202
17 Toyota Prius $27,643
18 Hyundai Elantra $27,665
19 Volkswagen Jetta $28,011
20 Nissan Kicks $28,272
21 Toyota C-HR $28,329
22 Honda HR-V $28,684
23 Mazda CX-30 $29,358
24 Subaru Crosstrek $29,907
25 Toyota Camry $30,199
26 Volkswagen Passat $30,385
27 Hyundai Kona $30,565
28 Subaru Forester $30,898
29 Mazda 6 $31,093
30 Hyundai Veloster $31,419
31 Jeep Compass $31,431
32 Ford Ecosport $32,204
33 Jeep Renegade $32,598
34 Chevrolet Malibu $32,824
35 Nissan Rogue $32,836
36 Chevrolet Trax $33,087
37 Nissan Rogue Sport $33,206
38 Hyundai Sonata $33,240
39 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross $33,241
40 Ford Escape $33,259
41 Nissan Altima $33,300
42 FIAT 500L $33,345
43 KIA Optima $33,608
44 Buick Encore $33,860
45 Mitsubishi Outlander $34,928
46 FIAT 500X $36,185