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Most and least expensive cars to own

Most and least expensive cars to own

It's important, of course, to get a good deal when you buy a car. But it's just as critical to look down the road at how much a vehicle will cost you to own.

Here are the models we've tested that have the lowest and highest owner-cost estimates, per category, over the first five years. The estimates factor in depreciation, fuel cost, loan interest, insurance premiums, sales tax, and maintenance and repairs. These vehicles are equipped with typical options and an automatic transmission unless noted otherwise.

Least expensive
Most expensive
Subcompact car Toyota Prius C $25,500 Kia Rio EX $32,750
Compact car Toyota Corolla LE $28,000 Chevrolet Cruze Eco $37,500
Midsized sedan Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE $32,500 Kia Optima SX 2.0T $44,000
Large sedan Buick LaCrosse (eAssist) $43,750 Chrysler 300C $56,750
Upscale sedan Buick Verano $38,000 Cadillac ATS $54,000
Luxury sedan Lexus ES300h $42,750 BMW 750Li $107,000
Sporty car Mini Cooper (manual) $28,750 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (man.) $71,250
Small SUV Subaru XV Crosstrek $35,000 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL $48,500
Midsized SUV Hyundai Santa Fe Sport $37,250 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (V8) $62,500
Large SUV Ford Flex SEL $50,000 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ (5.3) $73,750
Luxury SUV Acura RDX $48,750 Cadillac Escalade (base) $73,750

See our report "What that car really costs to own" to see our full list of owner costs.

See our Annual Autos Issue special section for more best and worst lists.

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