Checkered Flag carries many of Kiplinger's “10 cheapest cars to own in 2013.” We have four of these ten best buys here at Checkered Flag Toyota, Checkered Flag Scion, and Checkered Flag Hyundai.
10 cheapest cars to own 2013
By Jessica Anderson of Kiplinger
The price you negotiate for a car and the interest on your car loan are only part of the cost of owning a new vehicle. Depreciation, taxes and fees, and what you pay over the years for insurance, fuel, maintenance and repairs are all important ingredients in the long-term cost of ownership.
Even the opportunity cost of out-of-pocket expenses (what you'd make by investing the money elsewhere) is part of the overall tally.
Toyota Corolla L 4dr
5-year fuel cost: $9,219
MPG: City: 27; Hwy: 34
Maintenance and repairs: $3,902
Total 5-year ownership cost: $30,435
As one of the nation's top sellers, the Corolla has a loyal fan base. Low ownership costs, decent power and fuel economy, and safety (the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates it a Top Safety Pick) add to the allure. LE and S models get a touchscreen audio system with Bluetooth and a USB port, but you'll pay $280 for Bluetooth and a USB port on the base trim level.
Scion iQ 2dr hatch
5-year fuel cost: $7,528
MPG: City: 36; Hwy: 37
Maintenance and repairs: $4,131
Total 5-year ownership cost: $29,490
The world's smallest four-seater, the Scion iQ packs value into a tiny package that measures just 10 feet from bumper to bumper (the Mini Cooper Hardtop is 12 feet). The 1.3-liter engine delivers 37 mpg in combined city and highway driving — a number most vehicles in this list can only claim on the highway. An automatic transmission, keyless entry, steering wheel audio controls and 11 airbags are standard.
Hyundai Accent GLS 4dr
5-year fuel cost: $8,725
MPG: City: 28; Hwy: 37
Maintenance and repairs: $3,044
Total 5-year ownership cost: $29,474
Hyundai's Accent recently came under fire for being one of the company's vehicles with inflated fuel-economy ratings, but the subcompact's revised mpg numbers are still top-tier. Keyless entry with remote trunk release and a USB port come standard
Toyota Yaris 2dr hatch
5-year fuel cost: $8,278
MPG: City: 30; Hwy: 37
Maintenance and repairs: $3,777
Total 5-year ownership cost: $28,685
Toyota's Yaris was also redone in 2012, and for 2013 it has more standard equipment. All trim levels get the Tech Audio package, which includes an AM/FM/CD head unit, six speakers, a USB port with iPod connectivity, and Bluetooth with hands-free calling and music streaming. The four-door model is an IIHS Top Safety Pick, and every model comes with nine airbags, including driver's knee and front seat cushion airbags.
End of article. Prices mentioned in article are based on Kiplinger’s research and do not necessarily reflect MSRP of vehicles at Checkered Flag.
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Article source: [autos.msn.com]