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 $27,175
2 Subaru $28,513
3 FIAT $28,643
4 Mazda $29,155
5 KIA $30,066
6 Hyundai $30,638
7 Honda $31,187
8 Volkswagen $31,509
9 Toyota $33,719
10 MINI $33,838
11 Jeep $36,954
12 Buick $38,228
13 Ford $38,326
14 Chevrolet $39,142
15 Nissan $39,193
16 Chrysler $39,554
17 Acura $41,907
18 Dodge $42,323
19 GMC $45,012
20 RAM $47,266
21 Volvo $50,891
22 Lexus $50,930
23 Cadillac $53,319
24 INFINITI $56,129
25 Tesla $57,369
26 Lincoln $61,531
27 Audi $61,664
28 Jaguar $70,372
29 BMW $70,537
30 Mercedes-Benz $74,514
31 Land Rover $81,568
32 Porsche $89,318

Cars with the Cheapest 5 Year Ownership Costs

The Least Expensive Cars to Own

Rank Model 5 Year Cost to Own
1 Toyota 4Runner $36,769
2 Tesla Model 3 $39,175
3 Jeep Gladiator $40,131
4 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 $41,408
5 Lexus RX 350 $41,756
6 GMC Sierra 1500 $41,762
7 Ford F-150 $42,145
8 Dodge Durango $42,898
9 Dodge Challenger $43,263
10 Cadillac CT4 $45,042
11 Cadillac XT5 $45,191
12 Toyota Tundra $45,291
13 Nissan Titan $45,467
14 Audi TT $45,967
15 Lexus IS 350 $46,856
16 Buick Enclave $46,879
17 RAM 1500 $47,266
18 Cadillac CT5 $48,111
19 Toyota Supra $48,437
20 Audi Q5 $48,751
21 Audi A5 $49,570
22 Lexus GS 350 $49,640
23 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class $49,698
24 Acura MDX $49,894
25 Jeep Grand Cherokee $50,190
26 BMW X3 $51,039
27 Tesla Model Y $51,089
28 INFINITI QX60 $51,368
29 Volvo XC60 $51,883
30 Lincoln Nautilus $51,940
31 INFINITI Q60 $52,873
32 Chevrolet Tahoe $53,194
33 Nissan Armada $53,290
34 Mercedes-Benz C-Class $54,416
35 Volvo S90 $54,428
36 Land Rover Discovery Sport $54,797
37 Lexus RX 450h $55,428
38 Volvo XC90 $58,620
39 Audi S4 $58,698
40 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class $59,381
41 Jaguar F-Pace $61,275
42 BMW 4 Series $61,471
43 Audi SQ5 $62,239
44 BMW 5 Series $62,559
45 BMW Z4 $63,025
46 Jaguar XF $63,154
47 Audi A6 $64,138
48 Audi Q7 $64,550
49 Lincoln Aviator $65,730
50 Land Rover Range Rover Velar $66,601