A RELIABLE RETURN ON INVESTMENT
Car shoppers know that their vehicle isn't just a means of conveyance: A new car is a valuable investment that requires short-term research and long-term planning. While it's great to have a car that performs well during the test drive, it's better to buy a vehicle that won't lose all that much value when it drives off the lot and won't swamp you with repair costs once you get it home. The folks at Kelley Blue Book regularly test new cars on their 5-year cost to own, looking at their depreciation, expected fuel costs, financing and insurance fees, maintenance and repair costs, and state fees, before naming the best vehicles for your buck. This year, they've named winners in 22 categories and have provided the estimated cost of owning that vehicle for half a decade. The following vehicles are not only the winners, but also some of the close runners-up for vehicle reliability and retained value.