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The Cheapest Cars to Own and Operate

Value is especially important when you're buying something that depreciates almost immediately. Namely, a vehicle. When you're considering how to get the most from your money, it's necessary to look at the overall cost of the car and how much money it will take to operate and maintain your purchase.

Edmunds.com is the expert on everything auto, and the website features a True Cost to Own calculator that estimates the total five-year cost of owning a particular vehicle and the cost per mile based on driving 15,000 miles per year. To see the top 10 cars currently on Edmunds' list of the most frugal cars to own and operate, read more.

  • Hyundai Accent GS: Starting price: $10,690; 5-year total cost: $25,958; Cost per mile: 35 cents
  • Nissan Versa Base: Starting price: $10,710; 5-year total cost: $27,196; Cost per mile: 36 cents
  • Chevrolet Aveo5 LS: Starting price: $12,685; 5-year total cost: $28,360; Cost per mile: 38 cents
  • Suzuki SX4 Sedan: Starting price: $13,994; 5-year total cost: $28,965; Cost per mile: 39 cents
  • Pontiac G3: Starting price: $15,055; 5-year total cost: $29,049; Cost per mile: 39 cents
  • Mazda3 iSport: Starting price: $15,360; 5-year total cost: $29,271; Cost per mile: 39 cents
  • Honda Fit: Starting price: $15,460; 5-year total cost: $29,420; Cost per mile: 39 cents
  • Pontiac Vibe: Starting price: $16,735; 5-year total cost: $29,512; Cost per mile: 39 cents
  • Toyota Yaris: Starting price: $12,955; 5-year total cost: $29,595; Cost per mile: 39 cents
  • Nissan Sentra: Starting price: $16,070; 5-year total cost: $29,623; Cost per mile: 39 cents
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