Top 10 SUVs With the Lowest TCO


So you've decided that your next vehicle will be an SUV. You're in love with the high seating position and roomy cabins offered by these rides; maybe you even plan on taking the thing off-road.

But what you aren't in love with is how much these vehicles can wind up costing in the long-term. In some cases, your SUV's fuel expenses alone can put a serious dent in your wallet. When you consider true cost of ownership, or TCO™, the picture becomes even more daunting. Over a five-year period, an SUV's TCO expenses (which consist of depreciation, financing, insurance, taxes and fees, fuel, maintenance and repairs) can take a sizable bite out of your bank account. (See this Special Report for more information about TCO.)

If you're seeking an SUV 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 SUVs with the lowest five-year True Cost to Own. Note that rankings and figures are updated monthly.

  1. 2006 Honda CR-V - TCO: $33,458
  2. 2006 Honda Element - TCO: $34,006
  3. 2006 Hyundai Tucson - TCO: $35,325
  4. 2006 Kia Sportage - TCO: $35,847
  5. 2006 Toyota RAV4 - TCO: $36,345
  6. 2006 Ford Escape - TCO: $36,631
  7. 2006 Saturn Vue - TCO: $36,833
  8. 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander - TCO: $37,522
  9. 2006 Mazda Tribute - TCO: $37,669
  10. 2006 Jeep Wrangler - TCO: $38,453

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