Highlights From 2015 Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own Awards

LaFontaine Automotive Group —  February 25, 2015 — Leave a comment

A vehicle is usually the second most expensive item we’ll ever purchase in our lifetime. While getting The Family Deal on a new car is great, sometimes we tend to forget about the other costs associated with owning a new vehicle.

Things like financing, insurance, gas, state fees, regular maintenance and vehicle depreciation add to the overall cost of ownership of a vehicle.

And if you’re like me and not a fan of the math, the vast amount of numbers to crunch can become overwhelming.

That’s where Kelley Blue Book’s 5-Year Cost to Own Awards come in to play. KBB has done all the legwork and calculated the cost-to-own on all vehicle models for 2015.

Now that the hard work is done, you can take your time and browse the list of vehicles with the lowest 5-year cost of ownership listed below.

Subaru Is The Best Brand For Cost of Ownership

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

After compiling it’s data each year, Kelley Blue Book names a brand champion that offers the most outstanding ownership costs across its entire lineup.

For 2015, Subaru was the brand that was given this prestigious award:

Offering standard all-wheel drive in all but one of its models, plus improved fuel efficiency and a strong reputation for long-term reliability, Subaru claims this year’s 5-Year Cost to Own Award for best brand.

If you’re already convinced a Subaru is the make of vehicle for you, click here to browse the inventory at LaFontaine Subaru.

5-Year Cost To Own Category Winners

Below you’ll find a category-by-category breakdown on 5-Year Cost to Own Winners. Listed next to each vehicle is it’s expected cost of ownership over a 5 year period.

Here’s the formula that KBB.com used to calculate cost of ownership:

Cost of Vehicle Ownership Formula

Cost to Own = Cost of Vehicle + Financing + Insurance + State Fees + Fuel Consumption + Expected Maintenance + Depreciation

Best Subcompact Car

Best Compact Car

Best Mid-Size Car

Best Full-Size Car

Best Sporty Compact

Best Sports Car

Best High Performance Car

Best Entry-Level Luxury Car

Best Luxury Car

  • 2015 Audi A5 – $57,527
  • 2015 Volvo S80 – $58,311
  • 2015 Lexus GS – $63,188

Best Hybrid/Alternative Energy Car

Best Plug-In Vehicle

Best Compact SUV / Crossover

Best Mid-Size SUV/Crossover

Best Full-Size SUV/Crossover

Best Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover

Best Luxury Mid-Size SUV/Crossover

  • 2015 Lincoln MKX – $50,806
  • 2015 Infiniti QX60 – $52,065
  • 2015 Lexus RX – $54,627

Best Luxury Full-Size SUV/Crossover

  • 2015 Buick Enclave – $59,700
  • 2015 Audi Q7 – $70,924
  • 2015 Lincoln Navigator – $75,078

Best Hybrid SUV/Crossover

Best Mid-Size Pickup Truck

Best Full-Size Pickup Truck

Best Minivan / Van

Did you find this cost to own info useful? Do you take total cost of ownership into consideration when purchasing a vehicle? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.



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