Top 10 Cars with Lowest TCO


Some cars can wind up costing you an arm and a leg. We're not talking about purchase price; we're talking about true cost of ownership, or TCOSM. Over a five-year period, your vehicle's TCO expenses (which consist of depreciation, financing, insurance, taxes and fees, fuel, maintenance and repairs) can do some serious damage to your wallet. (See this Special Report for more information about TCO.)

But it doesn't have to be that way. If you're seeking a car that won't set you back too much in depreciation, fuel expense and maintenance, look no further. Using's TCO calculator, we've generated this list of the 10 cars with the lowest five-year True Cost to Own. Note that rankings and figures are updated monthly.

  1. 2006 Chevrolet Aveo - TCO: $27,021
  2. 2006 Scion xA - TCO: $28,623
  3. 2006 Scion xB - TCO: $29,993
  4. 2006 Toyota Corolla - TCO: $30,050
  5. 2006 Honda Civic - TCO: $30,068
  6. 2006 Kia Rio - TCO: $30,646
  7. 2006 Nissan Sentra - TCO: $30,932
  8. 2006 Mazda 3 - TCO: $31,052
  9. 2006 Saturn Ion - TCO: $31,382
  10. 2006 Hyundai Accent - TCO: $31,521

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