KBB Honors Vehicles with Least Cost to Own

Kelley Blue Book - February 5, 2013

The top 2013 models/brands with the low­est pro­ject­ed own­er­ship costs, based on an ini­tial 5-year peri­od, were announced by Kel­ley Blue Book.

Find out which brands won the 5-Year Cost to Own Awards.

Based on analy­sis of Kel­ley Blue Book’s 5-Year Cost to Own infor­ma­tion for 2013 mod­el-year new vehi­cles, Maz­da and Lexus are this year’s pres­ti­gious brand win­ners.

Maz­da is the top brand among all man­u­fac­tur­ers, surg­ing past last year’s win­ner Kia with regard to its low­est pro­ject­ed own­er­ship costs.  Despite an aver­age Fair Pur­chase Price high­er than sev­er­al of its com­peti­tors, Maz­da offers the low­est 5-Year Cost to Own because of its low depre­ci­a­tion, fuel costs, and main­te­nance and repair costs across its full mod­el line­up.  Kel­ley Blue Book® Fair Pur­chase Price is the price peo­ple typ­i­cal­ly pay a deal­er for a new car, based on actu­al new-car trans­ac­tions and adjust­ed reg­u­lar­ly as mar­ket con­di­tions change.  Some of the mod­els dri­ving Mazda’s suc­cess include the MAZDA3, MAZDA2 and all-new CX-5.

Lexus is this year’s lux­u­ry brand win­ner, exem­pli­fy­ing some of the low­est costs for depre­ci­a­tion, fuel, and main­te­nance and repairs of any lux­u­ry brand.  Some of the key mod­els con­tribut­ing to Lexus’ stand-out per­for­mance include the CT 200h, ES and IS mod­els.

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