What cost complete vehicle ownership satisfaction? The lowest, of course. NADAguides has compiled a list of new cars with the lowest, most hassle-free cost of ownership. Some surprises included sporty performance cars that rose to the top of their respective classes.
The cost of vehicle ownership only begins with the initial handshake and signature. To figure out the cost of ownership over five years, NADAguides calculated the estimated costs of depreciation, fuel, insurance, and typical maintenance.
Interestingly, based on NADAguides’ results, there is no correlation between cars that are easy to maintain and cars that thieves love to steal. Among the (relative) bargains on the list are the BMW 128i and Ford Mustang GT, which offer significant performance for the dollar.
Check below for the full list of winners. The figure in parentheses represents one-fifth of the total cost of five-year ownership.
2011 Ford Mustang GT Premium: MSRP $32,845 ($10,856.20 per year)
2011 BMW 128i convertible: $34,200 ($11,677)
2010 Honda CR-V 4WD EX-L w/ Navigation: $29,745 ($9,233.20)
2011 Ford Edge Limited: $34,220 ($10,809.60)
2010 Audi A3 2.0 TDI S Tronic FWD Premium: $29,950 ($9,740.60)
2010 Volvo S40 automatic FWD: $31,150 ($10,358.20)
2010 Honda Civic GX sedan automatic: $25,340 ($7,983)
2010 Chevrolet Impala LTZ: $29,930 ($9,479.40)
2010 Nissan Xterra Off Road 4WD automatic: $30,700 ($9,303.40)
2010 Hyundai Veracruz Limited FWD: $34,195 ($10,717.40)
2010 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD Crew Cab 126.0” 1LT: $27,395 ($8,492.20)
2010 GMC Sierra 1500 2WD Crew Cab XFE 143.5”: $33,595 ($10,489.40)