Here’s which people-movers will cost their owners the least in long-term operating costs and return top dollar at resale time.
Sport-utility vehicles in general, and car-based crossovers in particular now outsell passenger cars by a growing margin. They enjoy widespread popularity across multiple demographics, including families, singles, and empty-nesters, and it’s easy to see why.
Taller rooflines and ride heights afford easier ingress and egress, roomier interiors, added cargo room, and better outward visibility than passenger cars, and get reasonably good fuel economy (still less than same-size passenger cars because SUVs tend to be heavier and less aerodynamic). What’s more, some of the latest models can be more practical alternatives to sports cars with lightning quick speed and maneuverability. At the top end of the market, plush and posh entries from the likes of Bentley, Lamborghini, and Rolls-Royce virtually redefine the luxury car.
Though today’s models range in price from under $20,000 to well over $200,000, SUV shoppers keeping a careful eye on the proverbial bottom line need to look beyond the sticker price and consider a model’s long-term ownership costs to ensure they’re getting the best overall deal. To that end we’re presenting a list of SUVs in a variety of classes that Kelley Blue Book deems to be the cheapest to own for the 2018 model year. The quoted costs to own are based on each model’s depreciation, and the cost of fuel, insurance, financing, maintenance, and expected repairs over a five-year ownership period; figures cited are for base models with automatic transmissions.