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KBB Reveals Winners of 5-Year Cost to Own Awards

February 06, 2014

Kelley Blue Book reveals the new cars that cost you less during the first five years. Photo credit: PRNewsFoto/Kelley Blue Book.
Kelley Blue Book reveals the new cars that cost you less during the first five years. Photo credit: PRNewsFoto/Kelley Blue Book.

Kelley Blue Book (KBB) has announced the 2014 model-year vehicles and brands (in both non-luxury and luxury categories) with the lowest projected ownership costs. These awards are based on KBB’s “5-Year Cost to Own” data for new cars for the initial five-year ownership period.

While depreciation (or loss of value) and fuel costs may be the greatest expense incurred in owning a vehicle, there are other factors that can have a significant impact on a consumer's pocketbook.

Available on KBB.com, “5-Year Cost to Own” information also looks at depreciation, expected fuel costs, finance and insurance fees, maintenance and repair costs and state fees for new vehicle models.

"New-car shoppers naturally want to know how much a car will cost upfront; however, sometimes an even more expensive car can actually save you money during the first five years of ownership," said Dan Ingle, vice president of vehicle valuations for Kelley Blue Book. "Kelley Blue Book's 5-Year Cost to Own information evaluates the other out-of-pocket expenses drivers will incur, which helps consumers choose the vehicle that fits them and their wallets best, helping save money down the road."

 

Winners

2014 5-Year Cost to Own Award: Brand — Mazda

2014 5-Year Cost to Own Award: Luxury Brand — Lexus

2014 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: By Vehicle Category
Subcompact Car: Chevrolet Spark
Compact Car: Toyota Corolla
Sporty Compact Car: Buick Verano
Luxury Car: Audi A5
High-End Luxury Car: Lexus LS
Sports Car: Ford Mustang
High-Performance Car: Chevrolet Camaro SS/ZL1
Hybrid/Alternative Energy Car: Toyota Prius c
Plug-In Vehicle: Chevrolet Spark EV
Compact SUV/Crossover: Jeep Patriot
Mid-Size SUV/Crossover: Mitsubishi Outlander
Full-Size SUV/Crossover: Ford Explorer
Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover: Buick Encore
Luxury Mid-Size SUV/Crossover: Lincoln MKX
Luxury Full-Size SUV/Crossover: Buick Enclave
Mid-Size Pickup Truck: Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab
Full-Size Pickup Truck: GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab
Minivan/Van: Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger
Hybrid SUV/Crossover: Lexus RX

Kelley Blue Book’s “5-Year Cost to Own” information is developed using Kelley Blue Book Residual Values to calculate depreciation costs. Kelley Blue Book calculates total ownership costs for new vehicles by applying a sophisticated valuation methodology along with critical financial data from third-party providers, says the company.

For more information about the winners, please visit http://www.kbb.com/new-cars/5-year-cost-to-own-awards/.

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