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The Cheapest Cars to Own for 2014

February 13, 2014

According to KBB, Mazda and Lexus offer the lowest ownership costs among all 2014 vehicles.

KBB recently released the winners of its 2014 5-Year Cost to Own Awards, which looks at the cars that offer the best bang for your hard-earned buck, taking into account not just depreciation and fuel costs, but insurance fees, state fees, and maintenance and repair costs throughout a five-year ownership.

Mazda was named number one in the overall brand category, while Lexus took top honors for "Luxury Brand." Other category winners included models from Toyota, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Mitsubishi.

If you're considering any of these vehicles, be sure to use  TrueCar to find local dealers who are most willing to negotiate steep discounts.

Overall Brand WinnerMazda
Luxury BrandLexus
Subcompact CarChevrolet Spark
Compact CarToyota Corolla
Sport Compact CarHyundai Veloster Turbo
Mid-Size CarHonda Accord
Full-Size CarChevrolet Impala
Entry-Level Luxury CarBuick Verano
Luxury CarAudi A5
High-End Luxury CarLexus LS
Sports CarFord Mustang
High-Performance CarChevrolet Camaro SS/ZL1
Hybrid/Alternative Energy CarToyota Prius c
Plug-In VehicleChevrolet Spark EV
Compact SUV/CrossoverJeep Patriot
Mid-Size SUV/CrossoverMitsubishi Outlander
Full-Size SUV/CrossoverFord Explorer
Luxury Compact SUV/CrossoverBuick Encore
Luxury Mid-Size SUV/CrossoverLincoln MKX
Luxury Full-Size SUV/CrossoverBuick Enclave
Mid-Size Pickup TruckToyota Tacoma Regular Cab
Full-Size Pickup TruckGMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab
Minivan/VanDodge Grand Caravan Passenger
Hybrid SUV/CrossoverLexus RX
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- Gregg Fidan

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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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