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 Toyota Highlander Hybrid $43,690
2 Lexus RX 350 $49,284
3 Toyota Tundra $50,568
4 Toyota Supra $51,648
5 Lexus ES 300h $51,845
6 Lexus GS 350 $52,602
7 Lexus IS 350 $53,831
8 Audi TT $54,313
9 Cadillac XT5 $54,552
10 Acura MDX $57,304
11 Volvo XC60 $57,426
12 INFINITI Q60 $57,779
13 Mercedes-Benz C-Class $57,817
14 Tesla Model Y $57,848
15 Lincoln Nautilus $57,902
16 Chevrolet Tahoe $59,568
17 Volvo V60 $59,750
18 Toyota Sequoia $60,073
19 Audi S4 $60,598
20 BMW 4 Series $61,139
21 GMC Yukon $61,473
22 Audi A6 $61,552
23 Lincoln Continental $62,984
24 Volvo S90 $63,016
25 Lexus RX 450h $63,132
26 Nissan Armada $63,523
27 Chevrolet Suburban $64,086
28 Ford Expedition $66,815
29 BMW 5 Series $67,108
30 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class $67,881
31 Land Rover Discovery $69,286
32 Acura RLX $70,314
33 Jaguar F-Pace $70,430
34 Lexus GX 460 $70,493
35 BMW Z4 $70,878
36 Volvo XC90 $71,009
37 Porsche 718 Boxster $71,331
38 Audi SQ5 $72,211
39 Audi S5 $72,324
40 Jaguar XF $73,295
41 Audi Q7 $77,117