2020 Acura MDX
Acura
2020 Acura MDX
Acura

Long-Term Budgeting

If you're shopping for a new SUV, you have an amazing menu of options, thanks to the continued popularity of the models among drivers. But keep in mind that there's more to consider when budgeting than just the sticker price. Every year, Kelley Blue Book honors a vehicle in every segment with a 5-Year Cost to Own Award projecting what it will cost to own a vehicle based on things such as gas, repairs, maintenance, and insurance. Here's a look at the cheapest SUVs to own in all segments.

2020 Hyundai Venue
Hyundai Motor America

Subcompact: Hyundai Venue

Five-year cost of ownership: $30,936
The Hyundai Venue is the cheapest to own in its class by a long shot. It starts under $18,500, but when you don't include the destination charge, that drops to $17,350. It boasts a huge menu of features that are rare for its price point, comes with a super-generous 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and you can even get it with a manual transmission, if that's your thing.

2019 Nissan Kicks
Nissan

Subcompact Runner-Up: Nissan Kicks

Five-year cost of ownership: $32,673
Fun, sporty, and surprisingly zippy for its modest 122-horsepower engine, the Nissan Kicks has a sub-$20,000 MSRP and 31/36 city/highway fuel economy.

2020 Subaru Forester
Subaru of America, Inc.

Compact: Subaru Forester

Five-year cost of ownership: $37,219
The Subaru Forester lives up to Subaru's reputation for rugged reliability and standard all-wheel-drive on every vehicle. It can muster up a more-than-acceptable 182 horsepower, it gets a good 33 mpg, and it's genuinely off-road capable.

2020 RAV4 TRD Off Road 08
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Compact Runner-Up: Toyota RAV4

Five-year cost of ownership: $37,219
The Toyota RAV4 is brand-new as of last year, and already it's a bestseller. Much of the reason for that is its cost, but it also gets good fuel economy and has a starting MSRP under $26,000. It also offers buyers a nice selection of packages, including an off-road version and a hybrid.

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Motor America

Midsize: Hyundai Santa Fe

Five-year cost of ownership: $40,674
The Hyundai Santa Fe starts at under $27,000 — less than $26,000 when you remove the destination charge — and, like the Venue, is packed with what KBB calls a "shocking number of features."

2020 Subaru Outback
Subaru of America, Inc.

Midsize Runner-Up: Subaru Outback

Five-year cost of ownership: $41,410
The Subaru Outback, is as trusty and capable as its reputation would have you believe, thanks to standard features such as symmetrical all-wheel drive, 8.7-inch ground clearance, and 75.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander
Mitsubishi Motors

Three-Row Midsize Mitsubishi Outlander

Five-year cost of ownership: $40,995
The Mitsubishi Outlander, starts under $26,000, including a roughly $1,100 destination fee, which is much of the reason it won its class for two years running. If you can spend $1,200 more, that's all it takes to jump from the ES to the SE package for a whole new world of tech and safety features.

2020 Kia Sorento
Kia Motors America

Three-Row Midsize Runner-Up: Kia Sorento

Five-year cost of ownership: $43,27
Seven-passenger seating is standard on the Kia Sorento, which comes in under $27,000, offers 73 cubic feet of cargo space, and has even an entry-level package with an impressive suite of tech and safety features.

2020  Jeep Wrangler Two-Door
FCA US LLC.

Off-Roader: Two-Door Jeep Wrangler

Five-year cost of ownership: $39,045
Standing on the shoulders of more than 70 years of utility vehicle innovation, the beloved Jeep Wrangler is a two-door convertible that's more driver/passenger-friendly than ever, though features such as solid axles and electronically disconnectable anti-roll bars ensure that it remains the off-road warrior it's always been.

2020 Jeep Wrangler
FCA US LLC.

Off-Roader Runner-Up: Four-Door Jeep Wrangler

Five-year cost of ownership: $40,020
Behind the two-door Wrangler in the off-road SUV category is none other than its big brother, the four-door Wrangler— and for many of the same reasons. For a slightly higher five-year ownership cost you get the same capability, affordability, features, and muscle/comfort blend, but with more room for people and gear.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe RST
2021 Chevrolet Tahoe RST by General Motors (CC BY-SA)

Full-Size: Chevrolet Tahoe

Five-year cost of ownership: $65,178
If you're the kind of driver who thinks bigger is better, the Chevy Tahoe is a massive, nine-passenger Tahoe that has been at or near the top of this list for the past five years. The perennial favorite boasts 95 cubic feet of cargo space.

2020 Toyota Sequoia
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Full-Size Runner-Up: Toyota Sequoia

Five-year cost of ownership: $68,955
The Toyota Sequoia, is, like the Tahoe, a road-trip warrior. For a starting MSRP under $50,000, you get a powerful V8, a long and impressive menu of standard features inside and out, and a long, scrolling list of options.

2019 Lexus UX
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Subcompact Luxury: Lexus UX

Five-year cost of ownership: $46,215
Lexus has much of the luxury SUV market locked down in terms of cost of ownership, with the Lexus UX dominating with a value that comes from not just a low starting price, but from a better-than-average resale value.

2020 Volvo XC40
Volvo Car Corporation

Subcompact Luxury Runner-Up: Volvo XC40

Five-year cost of ownership: $48,137
The Volvo XC40 is the smallest SUV in the Volvo lineup and has an entry-level model MSRP to match: under $35,000. That's impressive, considering the sheer volume of top-of-the-line features and tech, as well as its bumper-to-bumper style and luxury.

2020 Lexus NX
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Compact Luxury: Lexus NX

Five-year cost of ownership: $47,881
The Lexus NX offers excellent variety in engine lineup, including a hybrid option, and comes with all the interior luxury you'd expect from the brand.

2020 Acura RDX
Acura

Compact Luxury Runner-Up: Acura RDX

Five-year cost of ownership: $51,844
You can get into an Acura RDX for under $38,000, driving off with a 272-horsepower engine and standard features that several other more expensive cars offer only as options.

2020 Lexus RX
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Two-Row Midsize Luxury: Lexus RX

Five-year cost of ownership: $56,252
The Lexus RX is the vehicle to beat. The dependability and quality associated with the Lexus brand are evident in every inch of the RX, which comes in a wide variety of trim packages. Like the UX and NX, it's known for retaining its resale value well.

2020 Cadillac XT5
2020 Cadillac XT5 by General Motors (CC BY-SA)

Two-Row Midsize Luxury Runner-Up: Cadillac XT5

Five-year cost of ownership: $61,580
The Cadillac XT5 starts under $45,000, seats five, has a V6 engine capable of an impressive 310 horsepower, and offers plenty of room — 63 cubic feet of cargo space.

2020 Acura MDX
Acura

Three-Row Midsize Luxury: Acura MDX

Five-year cost of ownership: $55,270
The Acura MDX crossover is a powerful vehicle with 290 horsepower generated by a 3.5-liter V6 that's regulated by a nine-speed automatic transmission. It's packed with features and brimming with luxury, all for a starting price under $46,000.

2020 INFINITI QX60
Infiniti North America, Inc.

Three-Row Midsize Luxury Runner-Up: Infiniti QX60

Five-year cost of ownership: $56,730
The Infiniti QX60 starts under $45,000 and is known for excellent resale value retention. It's won several top safety awards for its class, is sleekly styled on the outside, and brims with tech, features, and luxury inside.

2020 Infiniti QX80
Infiniti North America, Inc.

Full-Size Luxury: Infiniti QX80

Five-year cost of ownership: $83,155
The Infiniti QX80, rules its segment for the second year straight, remaining popular not just for its cost, but for its advanced features, posh interior, and powerful 400-horsepower V8 engine.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS
Daimler AG

Full-Size Luxury Runner-Up: Mercedes-Benz GLS

Five-year cost of ownership: $85,638
Perennial contender Mercedes-Benz GLS starts under $76,000, boasts 362 horsepower, and can go from zero to 60 in less than six seconds.