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2018 Cars with Lowest Ownership Costs

February 8, 2018

Kelley Blue Book recently released the winners of its 2018 Five-Year Cost to Own Awards, which analyzed the true costs of all 2018 model vehicles, including projected depreciation.

For overall brand winners, Hyundai was named best brand and Acura best luxury brand (for the second year in a row). And category winners include the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek, Infiniti QX50, and Honda HR-V. . Below is a look at all the 2018 category winners.

If you're considering purchasing any of these vehicles, make sure to use TrueCar No Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise for the lowest prices available in your area.

Lowest 5-Year Ownership Costs

CATEGORYVehicle
SUBCOMPACT CARChevrolet Spark
SUBCOMPACT SUV/CROSSOVERHonda HR-V
COMPACT CAR Toyota Corolla iM
COMPACT SUV/CROSSOVERSubaru Crosstrek
SPORTY COMPACT CAR Honda Civic Si
MID-SIZE SUV/CROSSOVERJeep Wrangler Unlimited
MID-SIZE CAR Hyundai Sonata
FULL-SIZE SUV/CROSSOVERChevrolet Tahoe
FULL-SIZE CARChevrolet Impala
LUXURY COMPACT SUV/CROSSOVERBuick Encore
ENTRY-LEVEL LUXURY CAR Acura ILX
LUXURY MID-SIZE SUV/CROSSOVERInfiniti QX60
LUXURY CARLexus GS
LUXURY FULL-SIZE SUV/CROSSOVERInfiniti QX80
HIGH-END LUXURY CAR Porsche Panamera
MID-SIZE PICKUP TRUCK Toyota Tacoma
SPORTS CAR Chevrolet Camaro
FULL-SIZE PICKUP TRUCK Ford F-150
HYBRID/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY CAR Toyota Prius c
MINIVAN Honda Odyssey
ELECTRIC VEHICLE Nissan LEAF

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

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New York Tri-State Residents - Important:

There is a new car leasing service called Carvoy, available to NY tri-state area residents, which I recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with car dealerships. Carvoy provides pre-negotiated lease deals, calculated with taxes and all fees incuded so you know exactly what it will cost. Here is my list of Best Carvoy deals, updated each month.

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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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