Toyota And Chevrolet Green Cars Fare Well In 5-Year Cost To Own Study

Yesterday Kelley Blue Book (KBB) announced that its 2014 5-Year Cost to Own award winners.

KBB said these awards are based on the company’s U.S. data for new cars for the initial five-year ownership period.

Based on KBB’s analysis of 2014 models, Mazda and Lexus are the brand winners for the second consecutive year. In addition to a low average fair purchase Price and strong residual values across its full model lineup, Mazda is ranked among the lowest in fuel and insurance costs, making it the 2014 5-Year Cost to Own: Best Brand among all automakers.

Despite an average Fair Purchase Price higher than several of its competitors, KBB said Lexus offers the lowest depreciation cost of any eligible luxury brand, thanks to strong residual values across its full model lineup. Lexus also ranks lowest in repairs and is among the lowest in fuel and insurance costs.

The Prius c won the hybrid/alternative energy car category with a 5-year cost to own of $31,584. The Honda Insight was second with $32,852 and the Prius Liftback third with $34,461.

The Chevrolet Spark EV turned up first in the best plug-in vehicle category, with a 5-year cost to own of $26,421, followed by its stable mate, the Volt, in second position at $33,462 and the Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid third at $36,190.

The best hybrid SUV/crossover category is led by the 2014 Lexus RX 450h with a 5-year cost to own of $53,341. Second is the Audi Q5 Hybrid at $61,000 and third is the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid at $80,601.

Here is the full list of category winners:

Best Subcompact Car: 2014 Chevrolet Spark

Best Compact Car: 2014 Toyota Corolla

Best Mid-Size Car: 2014 Honda Accord

Best Full-Size Car: 2014 Chevrolet Impala

Best Sporty Compact Car: 2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Best Sports Car: 2014 Ford Mustang V6

Best High Performance Car: 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS/ZL1

Best Entry-Level Luxury Car: 2014 Buick Verano

Best Luxury Car: 2014 Audi A5

Best High-End Luxury Car: 2014 Lexus LS

Best Hybrid/Alternative Energy Car: 2014 Toyota Prius c

Best Plug-In Vehicle: 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

Best Compact SUV/Crossover: 2014 Jeep Patriot

Best Mid-Size SUV/Crossover: 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

Best Full-Size SUV/Crossover: 2014 Ford Explorer

Best Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover: 2014 Buick Encore

Best Luxury Mid-Size SUV/Crossover: 2014 Lincoln MKX

Best Luxury Full-Size SUV/Crossover: 2014 Buick Enclave

Best Hybrid SUV/Crossover: 2014 Lexus RX 450h

Best Mid-Size Pickup Truck: 2014 Toyota Tacoma

Best Full-Size Pickup Truck: 2014 GMC Sierra 1500

Best Minivan/Van: 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger

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