• Sicheng Su Posted: 10/20/2010 8:07pm PDT

    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.

  • Jerry Coffey Posted: 10/20/2010 9:56am PDT

    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.