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 Toyota Highlander Hybrid $40,325
2 Lexus RX 350 $46,944
3 Toyota Tundra $47,453
4 Lexus ES 300h $47,855
5 Lexus GS 350 $48,597
6 Toyota Supra $48,972
7 Lexus IS 350 $49,094
8 Dodge Challenger $49,936
9 Tesla Model Y $50,227
10 Audi TT $51,833
11 Cadillac XT5 $53,086
12 Mercedes-Benz C-Class $53,431
13 Lincoln Nautilus $53,679
14 Acura MDX $54,167
15 Volvo XC60 $54,452
16 INFINITI Q60 $54,972
17 Chevrolet Tahoe $55,273
18 Audi A6 $55,737
19 Toyota Sequoia $56,248
20 Audi S4 $56,634
21 BMW 4 Series $56,696
22 GMC Yukon $56,875
23 Volvo V60 $57,835
24 Chevrolet Suburban $59,071
25 Nissan Armada $59,266
26 Lexus RX 450h $59,862
27 BMW 5 Series $61,025
28 Volvo S90 $61,189
29 Ford Expedition $61,726
30 Volvo XC90 $62,009
31 BMW Z4 $63,422
32 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class $63,501
33 Audi S5 $64,466
34 Lexus GX 460 $65,967
35 Jaguar F-Pace $65,986
36 Land Rover Discovery $67,139
37 Jaguar XF $67,330
38 Audi SQ5 $67,659
39 Audi Q7 $71,860