Edmunds.com compiled its list of the Lowest True Cost to Own vehicles for 2010. The Honda and Toyota nameplates have the most vehicles on the list with five and four selections, respectively.

Edmunds.com's True Cost to Own pricing system estimates total vehicle ownership costs over a five-year period. The calculation incorporates projected average depreciation, financing, taxes, fees, insurance premiums, fuel costs, regional variances, maintenance and repairs for each model.

To choose the 2010 Lowest TCO Award winners, Edmunds' editors analyzed months of historical data to identify which were the consistent leaders in low ownership cost. More details are available here.

"Considering not just the buying price but the overall ownership costs of a vehicle can help shoppers get the most for their money over the long haul," said Philip Reed, senior consumer advice editor for Edmunds.com.

The award winners, organized by category and price range so that car shoppers can use the list as a tool, are:




Convertible Under $35,000


2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Convertible Over $35,000


2010 BMW 1 Series

Coupe Under $25,000


2010 Toyota Yaris

Coupe $25K-$35K


2010 Honda Accord

Coupe $35K-$45K


2010 Audi TT

Coupe Over $45,000


2010 Ford Shelby GT500

Sedan Under $15,000


2010 Toyota Yaris

Sedan $15K-$25K


2010 Honda Fit

Sedan $25K-$35K


2010 Mercury Milan

Sedan $35K-$45K


2010 Lexus IS 250

Sedan Over $45,000


2010 Infiniti M35

SUV Under $25,000


2010 Honda CR-V

SUV $25K-$35K


2010 Jeep Wrangler

SUV $35K-$45K


2010 GMC Acadia

SUV Over $45,000


2010 Acura MDX

Compact Truck


2010 Toyota Tacoma

Large Truck


2010 Honda Ridgeline

Wagon Under $35,000


2010 Nissan Cube

Wagon Over $35,000


2010 Volvo V70



2010 Honda Insight



2010 Toyota Sienna


Edmunds.com's True Cost to Own calculations make the following assumptions:

  • Vehicles are driven 15,000 miles per year
  • Vehicles are financed using traditional financing and not leased
  • Buyers pay 10 percent down on the vehicle
  • Buyers are in the "Gold" credit tier for the purpose of determining the finance rate
  • The loan term is 60 months
  • Buyers represent the average demographic in their state for insurance rates