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Kia, Audi Take Top Spot In Least Expensive Brands To Own: Kelley Blue Book

2012 Kia Soul

2012 Kia Soul

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Savvy consumers know that buying a vehicle is more than just the initial purchase cost. It’s also wise to look at what the overall investment will run over the course of five years. In the 2012 Total Cost of Ownership Awards from Kelley Blue Book (KBB) Kia and Audi come out on top.

Kia won for best mainstream brand, with KBB citing the Soul, Optima and Sorento as delivering “excellent fuel economy and inspired resale value.” Read more about Kia’s win in TheCarConnection.

Audi took top honors as the best luxury brand. Here, KBB cited the Audi A3, A4 and Q5, hailing the automaker’s “superior fuel economy among its lineup.” For more on the Audi and other luxury individual car category winners, check out coverage in MotorAuthority.

As for the most affordable individual car category winners, we’ve got the list of vehicles generally considered family cars, ranked here in descending order, from least expensive to most expensive to own in terms of five-year ownership costs.

2012 Nissan Versa

Subcompact car


2012 Kia Soul

Compact car


2012 Honda Insight

Hybrid car


2012 Nissan Juke

Compact crossover


2012 Mazda Mazda5



2012 Hyundai Sonata

Mid-size car


2012 Chevrolet Volt

Electric car


2012 Hyundai Santa Fe

Mid-size crossover


2012 Ford Escape Hybrid

Hybrid SUV


2012 Chevrolet Impala

Full-size car


2012 Ford Expedition

Full-size SUV


Is your 2012 vehicle among the award winners? To see the full list of KBB’s 2012 Total Cost of Ownership Awards, click here.

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