Car Ownership Costs
Buying a car is costly, but maintenance and ownership are where the real dollars are spent. IntelliChoice provides five-year-ownership cost estimates for new models. Below, we look at estimated ownership costs for some 2006-model-year vehicles.
|Five-Year Ownership Costs|
|The ownership costs below are split into two categories: fixed and operating. Fixed costs include depreciation, financing, insurance and state fees; operating costs include fuel, maintenance and repairs (more details). IntelliChoice's rating for each model, based on vehicle class, is also included. Vehicles are ranked by overall model sales in 2005.|
|Sales||Make/Model/Trim||Fixed Costs||Operating Costs||Total Costs||Rating|
|1.||Toyota Camry SE||$20,973||$8,367||$29,341||Better than average|
|2.||Honda Accord EX||$21,401||$7,664||$29,066||Excellent|
|3.||Honda Civic LX||$17,234||$7,162||$24,396||Excellent|
|4.||Nissan Altima 3.5 SE||$23,789||$9,229||$33,017||Better than average|
|5.||Chevrolet Impala LS*||$22,632||$9,237||$31,872||Excellent|
|6.||Toyota Corolla LE||$15,992||$7,293||$23,285||Excellent|
|7.||Chevrolet Cobalt LT||$19,883||$7,964||$27,850||Average|
|8.||Chevrolet Malibu LT*||$22,668||$8,486||$31,157||Average|
|9.||Ford Taurus SE*||$24,430||$10,336||$34,765||Worse than average|
|10.||Ford Focus SE||$19,569||$8,398||$27,970||Average|
*Denotes vehicles with standard automatic transmissions.