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5 Best SUVs, Minivans and Trucks for Cheapskates

Best midsized SUV: Mitsubishi Outlander
Five-year ownership cost:
$38,359

A complete redesign, a low supply of available vehicles and unique third-row seating all mean the $24,377 Mitsubishi Outlander should depreciate a whopping 22.6% less than what's average for its class.

"Like the Jeep Patriot, the Outlander starts with a low cost of entry that keeps it from having the potential to lose as much value in the used-car market," Brauer says.

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He says the model's third row of seats -- a rarity for a midsized SUVs -- should boost the vehicle's resale value as well. So should the fact that Americans don't buy many Outlanders, meaning the used-car market typically has short supplies.

KBB predicts Outlander buyers will also pay 26.2% below average for financing and 2.9% less for repairs. Good gas mileage -- 25 mpg/city and 31 mpg/highway for some Outlanders -- should also translate into 20.1% below-average fuel costs.

On the downside, KBB estimates that the vehicle's maintenance will run 6.1% above average over five years, while insurance should cost 5.8% higher than what's typical.

Best full-sized pickup: GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab
Five-year ownership cost:
$43,171

The redesigned 2014 GMC Sierra can climb mountains, but shouldn't tumble into a valley of depreciation when you sell it.

KBB estimates the $29,433 truck will lose 15.3% less value than what's typical for full-sized pickups, which Brauer partly attributes to a redesign this year of the Sierra and its twin the Chevrolet Silverado.

The expert says the Sierra also has a good reputation with consumers and low supplies in the used-car market, which should further boost the vehicle's resale price. "The Sierra's styling and GMC name give it a little more premium feel than the Silverado has, and its volume [of available used models] is also lower than that Silverado's," Brauer says.

KBB predicts Sierra buyers will also pay 14.4% below-average costs for financing and 2.8% less for insurance.

And as the model's newly added 285-horsepower base engine boasts 18 mpg/city and 24 mpg/highway when teamed with rear-wheel drive (impressive efficiency for a full-sized pickup), fuel costs should run 12.4% below average.

That said, KBB estimates that Sierra buyers will pay 7.7% more than average over five years for repairs, as well as 4.1% more for maintenance.

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