These eight family-friendly vehicle classes deliver the lowest long-term operating costs.

Crossover SUVs are the hottest things going in the auto industry these days, and with demand running high, deep discounts may not be easily forthcoming, so smart shoppers will have to look beyond the sticker price to get the best overall values. As we documented in a separate post, it pays to pick a people-mover that inherently carries the lowest long-term operating costs, especially depreciation, fuel economy, and insurance costs.

Here, we’re highlighting the SUV/crossovers in seven market classes, along with a single minivan, that the experts at the auto-industry research firm Vincentric have determined deliver the lowest five-year ownership expenses. We’re featuring the cheapest-to-own carspickup trucks, and hybrid and electric vehicles in separate posts. Vincentric’s breakdowns of ownership costs for all makes and models are included with the full range of new-vehicle pricing data posted online at NADAguides.com.

We're featuring the eight cheapest-to-own SUV/crossovers and minivans on the market, based on Vincentric’s latest annual Lowest Cost To Own In America awards.

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