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 Highlander Hybrid $41,773
2 Dodge Challenger $47,764
3 Lexus ES 300h $48,461
4 Lexus RX 350 $48,617
5 Toyota Tundra $49,069
6 Lexus GS 350 $49,413
7 Toyota Supra $50,133
8 Lexus IS 350 $50,226
9 Tesla Model Y $50,783
10 Audi TT $53,583
11 Cadillac XT5 $53,889
12 Lincoln Nautilus $54,556
13 Mercedes-Benz C-Class $54,823
14 Acura MDX $55,204
15 Volvo XC60 $55,676
16 INFINITI Q60 $56,374
17 Chevrolet Tahoe $57,005
18 Toyota Sequoia $57,065
19 GMC Yukon $57,874
20 Audi A6 $57,960
21 Audi S4 $58,793
22 Volvo V60 $58,840
23 BMW 4 Series $59,184
24 Chevrolet Suburban $60,853
25 Lexus RX 450h $60,899
26 Nissan Armada $61,280
27 Ford Expedition $62,203
28 Volvo S90 $62,273
29 BMW 5 Series $62,578
30 Volvo XC90 $63,199
31 BMW Z4 $64,800
32 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class $64,832
33 Audi S5 $65,971
34 Lexus GX 460 $66,481
35 Jaguar F-Pace $67,021
36 Land Rover Discovery $67,770
37 Audi SQ5 $68,616
38 Jaguar XF $69,019
39 Audi Q7 $72,748