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Lease Expensive Cars to Own for 2011

August 18, 2011

Edmunds has announced the 2011 True Cost to Own Awards for 2011, recognizing vehicles with the lowest overall ownership costs in their categories.

This year's list of winners were determined by applying algorithms that estimate the five-year ownership cost of each 2011 vehicle currently on the market.

Ownership costs include things such as depreciation, fuel, repair, maintenance, and insurance costs.

Sedans
Sedan Under $20,000: Ford Fiesta
Sedan $20K-$30K: Honda Accord
Sedan $30K-$40K: Volkswagen CC
Sedan Over $40K: Cadillac CTS

Wagons
Wagon Under $25,000: Kia Rio
Wagon $25K-$35K: Subaru Outback
Wagon Over $35,000: Ford Flex

Coupes
Coupe Under $25,000: Toyota Yaris
Coupe $25K-$35K: Honda Accord
Coupe $35K-$45K: Audi A5
Coupe Over $45,000: Cadillac CTS Coupe

Convertibles
Convertible Under $35,000: MINI Cooper
Convertible $35K-$45K: BMW 1 Series
Convertible Over $45,000: Infiniti G Convertible

Trucks
Compact Truck: Ford Ranger
Large Light Duty Truck: Honda Ridgeline
Large Heavy Duty Truck: Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

SUVs
SUV Under $25,000: Jeep Patriot
SUV $25K-$35K: Chevrolet Equinox
SUV $35K-$45K: Honda Pilot
SUV Over $45,000: Acura MDX

Minivan/Van
Minivan/Van: Ford Transit Connect

Hybrid
Hybrid: Honda Civic

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My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

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California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- Gregg Fidan

Gregg Fidan

About: Gregg Fidan


Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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