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.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.
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