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54Is today's Honda Accord cheaper than it was back in 1989?

Whether you're shopping at the grocery story or on a car lot, everything seems to be getting more expensive these days. However, when all the factors are considered, that might be more an issue of perception than of fact. The American Public Media radio show Marketplace recently tackled the question whether modern vehicles were actually more expensive once you factored in important variables like inflation and cost of ownership. The result was pretty surprising.

13Car Ownership Costs Less, New Study Finds

Fuel, tires and insurance costs all dropped

AAA has good news for car owners tired of feeling the pinch of car ownership: The cost of owning and operating a car has gone down in the last year.

56How much does your car really cost?

It's easy to get wrapped up in certain aspects of a new car, like its speed, agility or looks while ignoring more pragmatic things like cost of ownership or residual values. The 2013 AAA Your Driving Costs report, though, indicates that these more mundane aspects of car ownership may be what are leaving us so darn broke each month.

33Lexus, Mazda win KBB 5-Year Cost To Own Awards

We focus a lot on what new cars are like to drive, but it's difficult on a one-week loan to really get a sense of what a car is like to live with. Sure, we try to recreate that sense with our long-term vehicles, but even after a year, it's impossible to know fully learn about a car, particularly in terms of reliability and cost of repairs. For 2014 model year vehicles, Kelley Blue Book has put together a list of the most affordable vehicles over a five-year period.

191New US survey says diesel cost of ownership lower than gas

It's cheaper to drive a diesel-powered vehicle than a gas-powered vehicle over the course of three to five years, according to a new study commissioned by Robert Bosch LLC – a company that makes plenty of diesel engine parts – using data compiled by The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. The savings stem not just from improved fuel efficiency but also overall fuel costs and better retention of value, and take into account the added purchase price of a diesel en

52Infographic: The cost of motoring around the world

If you think owning a car in the US is expensive, put an eye on this inforgraphic. The team from Prestige Performance Center GB took a look at all the costs associated with owning a car in multiple countries from around the world, and the results are eye-opening.

19With Chevy Silverado, GM promotes low cost-of-ownership instead of high MPG

General Motors has a couple of problems to deal with: a glut of pickups on dealer lots and the inability to claim best-in-class fuel economy for its usually strong-selling Chevrolet Silverado pickup. In light of the situation, GM's marketing message has transmuted into something else: "hey, at least they're cheap to own."

63America, these are your top 10 most expensive cars to own

Picking up a used luxury car is a great way to save some coin. Letting the previous owner take the fall on depreciation is a smart move, but it's worth remembering that high-end autos carry with them high-end maintenance and repair costs. Using Edmunds.com data, 24/7 Wall Street has compiled what it says are the 10 most expensive vehicles to own, and the list is populated by some not-so-surprising names. BMW and Mercedes-Benz soak up the lion's share of the offenders, though other manufactures m

56Average cost of car ownership rises to $8,946 per year

We Americans sure do love the freedom of owning our own automobile, but the price of that freedom is climbing. AAA has released its 62nd annual "Your Driving Costs" study, which shows a 1.9-percent year-over-year increase in the cost of auto ownership. That's an average of $8,946 per year per car, with costs including monthly payment, fuel, maintenance and insurance.

56Honda Insight's the lone hybrid on Kelley's cheapest-to-own list

The Honda Insight was the only hybrid to make it onto Kelley Blue Book's list of new cars that will cost less than $30,000 to own during the first five years of ownership.

93Chevy Volt is 'cheaper' to own than Nissan Leaf, says Kelley Blue Book

The Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in costs more than the Nissan Leaf battery-electric vehicle up front, but it's less expensive to own during the first five years of driving. So said Kelley Blue Book in its first-ever Total Cost of Ownership study.

16Ownership costs for plug-in vehicles to drop significantly by 2030

A UK analysis of total ownership costs for the cars of tomorrow found that low-carbon vehicles will make substantial progress in bridging the current cost gap, when compared to traditional gasoline-powered cars, by 2030. The big question is whether – or when – will advanced vehicles be seriously cost-competitive? Might we really have to wait decades?

23NADA picks vehicles with best cost of ownership

NADA picks vehicles with the best cost of ownership – Click above for high-res image gallery

76Long-Term Thinking: "Cost to Own" mindset grabs hold?

2011 Chevy Volt - Click above for high-res image gallery

55Long-Term Thinking: "Cost to Own" mindset grabs hold

2011 Chevy Volt - Click above for high-res image gallery

48STUDY: Despite insurance breaks, hybrids driven more, cost more to fix, and get more tickets

2010 Honda Insight EX - Click above for high-res image gallery

16STUDY: Despite insurance breaks, hybrids driven more, cost more to fix, and get more tickets

2010 Honda Insight EX - Click above for high-res image gallery

Add Is a Yaris cheaper to own and operate than a Prius?

Click above image for a gallery of the 5-door Yaris

7High tech equals high repair costs - just like it's always been

Any time that we start to see a hint of paradigm shift in the auto industry, it's mandatory that the detractors come out of the woodwork with stories of woe. For example, in the article linked below, we learn that someone can get taken for a $8,000 ride to replace one of Toyota's hybrid transmissions.

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