We report on a lot of awards, some of which are given out based on more solid criteria than others. This one, the Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own awards, seems like one that new car shoppers should pay attention to.
The cost of a car goes far beyond what you pay for the actual metal, leather and rubber at the point of purchase. Fuel, insurance, maintenance and repair costs, and the cost of fees from the state and financing will all weigh on your wallet while you own the car. That's not even taking into account the biggest cost: depreciation, or the amount of money you lose based on what your car is worth years from now versus the day you bought it.

KBB tracks these sorts of things, and they've compiled a list of winners for 2013 models. On the brand level, Mazda and Lexus earn the 5-Year Cost to Own award for having the lowest overall projected five-year totals (though, curiously, we note that Mazda and Lexus each had only one segment winner). There are lots of winners for all the various segments, so we'll just pick out a few surprising ones to share and you can view the rest here.

Many vehicles that aren't generally considered competitive in their segments still do well from a cost-to-own perspective. The Jeep Patriot, for instance, won the Compact SUV/Crossover segment, while the Mitsubishi Outlander scores for the midsize SUV/Crossover group. For hybrids, the Honda Insight costs the least over five years, while the admittedly small segment of pure electric vehicles is lead by the Chevrolet Volt. What's the least expensive 2013 model year sports car to own? The Ford Mustang, while the Mustang GT also nabs honors in the High Performance Car segment. Like we said, you can check out the full list here, and even look any car that you're interested in owning to see how much you can expect to pay after the sale.
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KBB.COM ANNOUNCES 2013 5-YEAR COST TO OWN AWARD WINNERS
Top 2013 Models, Brands Honored for Lowest Projected Costs During Initial Five-Year Ownership Period

IRVINE, Calif., February 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - The 2013 model-year vehicles and brands (in both luxury and non-luxury categories) with the lowest projected ownership costs were announced today by Kelley Blue Book www.kbb.com, the leading provider of new and used car information. These awards are based on Kelley Blue Book's 5-Year Cost to Own data for new cars for the initial five-year ownership period.

While depreciation (or loss of value) and fuel costs may be the greatest expense incurred in owning a vehicle, there are other factors that can have a significant impact on a consumer's pocketbook. Available on Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com, 5-Year Cost to Own information takes into consideration depreciation, expected fuel costs, finance and insurance fees, maintenance and repair costs, and state fees for new models.

Kelley Blue Book's 5-Year Cost to Own Awards, like all new- and used-car information provided by KBB.com, exist to help shoppers make more informed new-car buying decisions by breaking down typical ownership cost details and naming the brands and models with the lowest projected five-year total.

2013 5-YEAR COST TO OWN AWARD: MAZDA

2013 5-YEAR COST TO OWN AWARD LUXURY: LEXUS

SUBCOMPACT CAR: Scion iQ
COMPACT SUV/CROSSOVER: Jeep Patriot
COMPACT CAR: Hyundai Veloster
MID-SIZE SUV/CROSSOVER: Mitsubishi Outlander
SPORTY COMPACT CAR: Hyundai Veloster Turbo
FULL-SIZE SUV/CROSSOVER: Ford Explorer
MID-SIZE CAR: Hyundai Sonata
LUXURY COMPACT SUV/CROSSOVER: Acura RDX
FULL-SIZE CAR: Chevrolet Impala
LUXURY MID-SIZE SUV/CROSSOVER: Lincoln MKX
ENTRY-LEVEL LUXURY CAR: Buick Verano
LUXURY FULL-SIZE SUV/CROSSOVER: Lincoln MKT
LUXURY CAR: Lexus GS
MID-SIZE PICKUP TRUCK: Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
HIGH-END LUXURY CAR: Porsche Panamera
FULL-SIZE PICKUP TRUCK: Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab
SPORTS CAR: Ford Mustang
MINIVAN/VAN: Mazda MAZDA5
HIGH-PERFORMANCE CAR: Ford Mustang GT
HYBRID SUV/CROSSOVER: Toyota Highlander Hybrid
HYBRID/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY CAR: Honda Insight
ELECTRIC VEHICLE: Chevrolet Volt

(2013 model-year vehicle's projected ownership costs are based on the average Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own data for the initial five-year ownership period).

"­­New-car shoppers often are most concerned with the upfront cost of a vehicle; however, consumers would be wise to consider their purchase from a more holistic standpoint by examining the total cost to own a vehicle over the initial five-year ownership period," said Dan Ingle, vice president of vehicle valuations for Kelley Blue Book. "Kelley Blue Book's 5-Year Cost to Own information allows consumers to evaluate which brands and models make the most sense for their pocketbooks as they prepare for a major purchase decision in buying a new car. This year's winners provide the top options in multiple categories and at the brand level."

Based on analysis of Kelley Blue Book's 5-Year Cost to Own information for 2013 model-year new vehicles, Mazda and Lexus are this year's prestigious brand winners. Mazda is the top brand among all manufacturers, surging past last year's winner Kia with regard to its lowest projected ownership costs. Despite an average Fair Purchase Price higher than several of its competitors, Mazda offers the lowest 5-Year Cost to Own because of its low depreciation, fuel costs, and maintenance and repair costs across its full model lineup. Kelley Blue Book® Fair Purchase Price is the price people typically pay a dealer for a new car, based on actual new-car transactions and adjusted regularly as market conditions change. Some of the models driving Mazda's success include the MAZDA3, MAZDA2 and all-new CX-5. Lexus is this year's luxury brand winner, exemplifying some of the lowest costs for depreciation, fuel, and maintenance and repairs of any luxury brand. Some of the key models contributing to Lexus' stand-out performance include the CT 200h, ES and IS models.

Another notable 5-Year Cost to Own Award win is the 2013 Hyundai Sonata, a repeat winner in the mid-size car category. The three primary competitors in this segment each are separated by a mere $200 in projected total ownership costs. The 2013 Hyundai Sonata outperformed the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima by offering superior savings in insurance costs and a lower Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price.

In addition, the redesigned 2013 Lexus GS is a top contender among the luxury car segment, beating Audi's A5 and A6 models. The vehicle's low depreciation and maintenance and repair costs make it this year's 5-Year Cost to Own Award: Luxury Car winner. The depreciation costs for the Lexus GS came in 6.4 percent below the Audi A5 and 21.7 percent below the Audi A6.

Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own information is developed using Kelley Blue Book® Residual Values to calculate depreciation costs. Kelley Blue Book calculates total ownership costs for new vehicles by applying sophisticated valuation methodology along with critical financial data from third-party providers.

For more information about the 2013 5-Year Cost to Own Award winners, please visit http://www.kbb.com/car-reviews-and-news/top-10/5-year-cost-to-own-awards-2013/.
For more information and news from Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com, visit www.kbb.com/media/, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kelleybluebook (or @kelleybluebook), like our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kbb, and get updates on Google+ at plus.google.com/+kbb/.

About Kelley Blue Book (www.kbb.com)
Founded in 1926, Kelley Blue Book, The Trusted Resource®, is the only vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the industry. Each week the company provides the most market-reflective values in the industry on its top-rated website www.kbb.com, including its famous Blue Book® Trade-In and Suggested Retail Values and Fair Purchase Price, which reports what others are paying for new cars this week. The company also provides vehicle pricing and values through various products and services available to car dealers, auto manufacturers, finance and insurance companies as well as governmental agencies. KBB.com provides consumer pricing and information on cars for sale, minivans, pickup trucks, sedan, hybrids, electric cars, and SUVs. Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of AutoTrader Group.


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      Dan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had a 2007 Mazda 3 S that kept its value damn well! Cost me a little under $200 per month to OWN it 3 years (YES I beat the leasing game). I got rid of it because I was tired of driving a manual and wanted something nicer (road noise was bad... ...real bad). 3 years later and I\'m back in a Mazda 3 (2012 Sky active model) and boy have they came a long way in a short period of time. The road noise is much improved, more comfortable, nicer all around... Gas mpg is up over 10mpg all around over my last one. While they still have a little ways to go on tech and continued improvement in road noise it is by far the best bang for the buck and a legit FUN car to drive.
      David
      • 1 Year Ago
      Scion iQ has not been out 5 years, even as a Toyota iQ in Europe! Not even close!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @David
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      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is a pretty interesting award. I don't think I recall too many other awards that look at cost-of-ownership over an extended period of time, which is a very important metric for consumers.
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        merlot066
        • 1 Year Ago
        Lexus' *valves* drop like a rock. A car without a working engine isn't worth very much... Go away troll.
      Jeff
      • 1 Year Ago
      Garbage, I believe Lexus and Mazda overall,but I think the formula went haywire for some of the others. Ford Explorer and Lincolm MKT?!? Hyundai Veloster?!? The Hyundai just came out, how do you calculate 5 yr TCO on a car with virtually no market and no repair history. This is a failed academic exercise, by a company trying to remain relevant, but who really isn\'t that important any longer. Case in point, ever look at the KBB used car values and realize how far off from reality they are. I can go through model after model which is way off from reality. Those are the same incorrect assumptions being used here to create these bogus claims.
      El Angel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nor surprised about Lexus.
      SpikedLemon
      • 1 Year Ago
      They're clearly not counting the cost to fix the Mazda rust issues for those in a climate with snow.
      Jmaister
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lexus..not so true. Tons of drivers put 60,000miles in their Mazda within the span of 3 years. Within 3 years, I doubt any Lexus will hit 30,000miles. Mazda cars, aside from turbo, are work horses. Its somewhat plain and its darn reliable.
        SloopJohnB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jmaister
        Not true. One of our friend's has an ES350 and puts about 35K miles per year on it. Well over 150K so far. Only service is oil and filter changes.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jmaister
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      chromal
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, anyone who has priced out a used mazda3 can affirm they have held onto their value well. Lexus I'm a bit more skeptical about, the first thing luxury imprints do is depreciate, and then next they depreciate some more...
        Mazdafreak
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chromal
        I seriously can't find a good quality Mazda3 for less than $8,000. It's crazy.
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Odd that the 5 year cost of ownership is for 2013 models. Do they have a Delorean that can take them to 2018? Shouldn't it be for 2008 model year? Yes I know they can extrapolate and project based on historical data. But what they can't do is predict actual problems, like big recalls/repairs on failed parts. Maybe they should call this the "Projected 5 Year Cost to Own Awards" and then do another award for "Actual 5 Year Cost to Own". I would also be curious to know cost to own once you remove the initial depreciation hit. For example, a car with low insurance and maintenance but that takes a big hit once you drive it off the lot might be the best buy as a 1-2 year old used car.
      Delta5
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mostly solid choices, but I question a few of them. Specifically, the Outlander, Patriot, and Impala. The Patriot and Impala are both very old models and are about 1 model year away from being replaced. And when that new 2014-2015 model is released, resale values on the last-generation 2013 model will collapse. Not sure if KBB takes that into consideration. And the Outlander, while it may be true that it is reliable and has a good warranty, Mitsubishi's continued irrelevance and threatening departure from the US market means resale values are questionable at best.
        BC
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Delta5
        The Patriot also ranked at the top of its class in Edmunds' TCO study. Unpopular models sell at deep discounts, so it's possible real depreciation is less than superficial studies comparing to list prices suggests. I can't figure out how they factor in insurance costs, however, as they are extremely variable by location. Edmunds' TCO, for example says my car costs $2400/yr to insure where I live, while I actually pay about $650. If I lived in a nearby state, it would be much higher, but still not as much as they project for that locale.
      Patrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Or these two auto makers get this award because the buyers are frequently highly aware of correct vehicle maintenance. Plausible.
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