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 Chevrolet Corvette $56,084
2 GMC Yukon XL $66,010
3 Porsche 718 Boxster $67,555
4 Lincoln Aviator $67,742
5 Mercedes-Benz E-Class $69,296
6 Porsche Macan $70,034
7 Audi Q8 $70,073
8 BMW X6 $71,449
9 Toyota Land Cruiser $72,801
10 Audi S6 $73,694
11 Audi A7 $75,397
12 Tesla Model S $75,631
13 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class $76,836
14 Cadillac Escalade $77,109
15 Land Rover Range Rover Velar $77,505
16 Tesla Model X $77,687
17 Lexus LX 570 $79,568
18 Lincoln Navigator $80,382
19 BMW X7 $80,974
20 BMW X5 $82,709
21 Land Rover Range Rover Sport $84,023
22 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class $86,584
23 INFINITI QX80 $87,165
24 Jaguar F-TYPE $87,937
25 Porsche Cayenne $88,651
26 BMW 8 Series $97,463
27 BMW X6 M $97,881
28 BMW 7 Series $100,141
29 BMW M5 $103,829
30 Nissan GT-R $104,796
31 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class $110,540
32 Audi S8 $112,283
33 Mercedes-Benz S-Class $113,273
34 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class $118,471
35 Porsche Panamera $127,542
36 Mercedes-Benz G-Class $131,674
37 Porsche 911 $132,512
38 Land Rover Range Rover $141,904