Four SUVs That Will Cost You More In The Long Run

October 18, 2010

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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