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Four SUVs That Will Cost You More In The Long Run


 

Recession or no, Americans still love SUVs.  These days, we buy smaller than we used to -- the Cadillac Escalade doesn't sell like it used to, but dealers find it hard to keep the GMC Acadia in stock.

And it's no wonder.  Today's small SUVs can offer sedan-like fuel economy, serious hauling capacity, a comfortable ride for the family and all-wheel-drive that gets you to work safely in the snow belt.  Some promise to do it cheap.  But price isn't everything.  Anyone who's ever taken a great deal and found themselves hating it two years in can tell you that. 

To dodge that problem, we’ve compared the sticker price of four of the least-expensive small SUVs to the cost of owning and operating them for five years. For research, we've leaned on Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) figures from IntelliChoice. Their analysts consider depreciation, fuel costs and average cost of maintenance and upkeep, to rate each vehicle -- and they find that some are dramatically better than others.

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  1. These TCO analysis are all based on recent historical trends- depreciation and reliability and to the extent historical patterns repeat, can be a good indicator, but be mindful of positive changes such as what seems to be happening with Kia and Hyundai. Longer warranties and improved quality help to reduce cost of ownership and also help reduce depreciation.
     
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  2. Great article, but I don't think these comparisons are meaningful. Of all these recommendations, I can only see the Sportage-Forester one making sense. The Terrain doesn't look half as nice as the Outlander nor does it perform as well, same goes for the Patriot and Liberty (the Patriot does NOT look Jeep-tough) and good grief, how can you compare a Grand Vitara to a CR-V? You get very different packages with the two and you buy them for very different reasons. College kids love the CR-V but would never buy a Vitara, and off-roaders would never even take a glance at a CR-V.
     
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