Ranking the Least Expensive Cars to Maintain

When buying a car or truck, the salesperson doesn't want to talk about what it will cost to maintain and repair that vehicle over its lifetime. They don't want you to focus on those unpleasant, but inevitable costs. We, however, do want you to focus on them, as they are a major cost of owning a vehicle. It will determine over time whether your car is a great value, or a money pit on wheels.

As the advocate of car buyers, we believe that transparency is what consumers need and deserve, and we have provided you just that in the rankings below. Importantly, as you will see, we list for you the makes and models that perform well, as well as those that don't - and those numbers may shock you. For our research, we have analyzed over 200 vehicle makes and models, and millions of automotive data points over the years to ensure that we provide you the resources you need to make more informed, educated vehicle purchase decisions. We hope that you find the brand and model rankings below helpful. Click here for the individual models.

Cars with the Lowest 10 Year Maintenance Costs

The Least Expensive Cars to Maintain

Rank Model 10 Year Maintenance Cost
1 Toyota Yaris $4,033
2 Toyota Corolla $4,083
3 Toyota Prius $4,098
4 Toyota Camry $4,211
5 Toyota Avalon $4,409
6 Honda Fit $5,033
7 Mitsubishi Mirage $5,062
8 Honda Civic $5,250
9 Honda Insight $5,310
10 Nissan Versa $5,340
11 Honda Accord $5,406
12 Mazda 3 $5,418
13 Nissan Sentra $5,449
14 Mazda 6 $5,518
15 Volkswagen Golf $5,539
16 Toyota RAV4 $5,568
17 Nissan Altima $5,569
18 Volkswagen Jetta $5,623
19 Volkswagen Passat $5,663
20 Hyundai Elantra GT $5,711
21 Hyundai Veloster $5,732
22 Kia Rio $5,738
23 Hyundai Accent $5,786
24 Nissan Maxima $5,789
25 Kia Forte $5,801
26 Toyota Highlander $5,810
27 Mazda MX-5 Miata $5,824
28 Toyota 4Runner $5,870
29 Hyundai Elantra $5,878
30 Subaru Impreza $5,910
31 Kia Optima $5,937
32 Toyota Sienna $5,942
33 Nissan 370Z $5,982
34 Hyundai Sonata $5,998
35 Chevrolet Spark $6,038
36 Subaru Legacy $6,060
37 Chevrolet Sonic $6,090
38 Kia Cadenza $6,198
39 Subaru BRZ $6,214
40 Toyota Sequoia $6,230
41 Chevrolet Malibu $6,455
42 Chevrolet Impala $6,537
43 Ford Fusion $6,554
44 Toyota Tacoma $6,554
45 Chevrolet Camaro $6,818
46 Toyota Land Cruiser $6,820
47 Kia Soul $6,840
48 Toyota Tundra $6,862
49 Ford Mustang $7,037
50 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport $7,168
51 Honda CR-V $7,208
52 Mitsubishi Outlander $7,228
53 FIAT 500L $7,314
54 Honda Pilot $7,401
55 Mazda CX-5 $7,409
56 Nissan Rogue $7,450
57 Chevrolet Corvette $7,512
58 Honda Odyssey $7,549
59 Nissan Pathfinder $7,625
60 Mazda CX-9 $7,626
61 Nissan Murano $7,634
62 Volkswagen Tiguan $7,692
63 Chrysler 300 $7,745
64 GMC Terrain $7,756
65 Nissan NV200 $7,757
66 Dodge Charger $7,802
67 GMC Acadia $7,882
68 Kia Sportage $7,931
69 Nissan Armada $7,985
70 Subaru Forester $8,004
71 Hyundai Tucson $8,011
72 Kia Sorento $8,024
73 Nissan GT-R $8,025
74 Subaru Outback $8,102
75 Hyundai Santa Fe $8,132
76 Dodge Challenger $8,177
77 Buick Encore $8,346
78 Kia Sedona $8,348
79 GMC Yukon $8,369
80 Honda Ridgeline $8,441
81 GMC Yukon XL $8,570
82 Nissan Frontier $8,674
83 Chevrolet Equinox $8,692
84 Buick Enclave $8,738
85 Ford Escape $8,796
86 Nissan Titan $8,828
87 Chevrolet Traverse $8,870
88 Ford Edge $8,958
89 GMC Canyon $8,971
90 Ford Explorer $9,093
91 GMC Sierra 1500 $9,133
92 Ford Transit Connect $9,193
93 Chevrolet Tahoe $9,363
94 Chevrolet Suburban $9,365
95 Ford Expedition $9,521
96 Jeep Compass $10,127
97 Chevrolet Colorado $10,128
98 Dodge Journey $10,133
99 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 $10,219
100 Jeep Cherokee $10,335
101 Dodge Durango $10,455
102 Ford F-150 $10,472
103 Jeep Wrangler $10,490
104 Jeep Grand Cherokee $10,577
105 Dodge Grand Caravan $10,595
106 Chevrolet Express $11,516
107 GMC Sierra 2500HD $13,753
108 GMC Sierra 3500HD $13,823
109 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD $15,457
110 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD $15,517
111 Ford F-250 Super Duty $15,728
112 Ford F-350 Super Duty $15,822
113 Ford F-450 Super Duty $16,331
114 Ram 1500 $18,072
115 Ram Promaster Cargo Van $20,333
116 Ram 2500 $26,967
117 Ram 3500 $27,311