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Ten lowest-cost cars to keep and enjoy

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Choice cars that won’t cost you a bundle to buy and run

They don't call them econoboxes for nothing. When we set out to find the lowest-cost new vehicles to maintain on the road, it's no news flash that many of Canada's most inexpensive cars are also the cheapest to keep going long after the ink on the sales contract has dried. We examined a combination of reliability data, warranty and maintenance information, along with insurance ratings and fuel usage, to determine which new models would take the smallest bite out of a household budget.Not surprisingly, entry-level subcompacts are the easiest to carry in terms of monthly finance or lease payments. They also use less gas and are among the least expensive to insure. What you won't find on our list are European imports like the Mini, since replacement parts are frightfully expensive and dependability can't match the Asian automakers. Ditto diesel models, which command a big premium. And, generally speaking, the only vehicles that come with no-charge maintenance are the high-buck luxury brands.The good news is today's subcompacts are no longer penalty boxes. The newest models have a lot of the same posh features you'd find in a premium car a decade ago, including leather seating, satellite radio and a wealth of safety gear. Looking for a new car that keeps its overall ownership costs in check? Look no further.Related Autos links:Thinking used? Search pre-owned with MSNThe most expensive cars to insureTips for first-time car buyers
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