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The cheapest SUVs to buy and own in 2019

Motoring Research Logo By John Moroney of Motoring Research | Slide 1 of 16: The market is filled today with excellent SUVs in all shapes and sizes. We went through all the models on sale and selected those with the best reliability records and lowest maintenance costs, then balanced the purchase prices against fuel costs. After all, savvy buyers know that value for money is a difference concept than sticker price.What were were genuinely surprised to see is just how large a difference size, class, and engine choice makes. Buyers willing to downsize can save enough to spring for a luxury package or hotter engine. Buyers willing to forgo a bit of power can opt for a larger vehicle. Buyers willing to do both can spend next winter in Nassau or send the kids to a better college.When choosing our picks, the differences were often razor thin. Some winners eked out their victories by less than the cost of a pizza dinner. When choosing our midsize models, we only considered three-row SUVs. All these vehicles are in the same ballpark for maintenance costs.
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There’s a lot more to choosing a vehicle than just price

The market is filled today with excellent SUVs in all shapes and sizes. We went through all the models on sale and selected those with the best reliability records and lowest maintenance costs, then balanced the purchase prices against fuel costs. After all, savvy buyers know that value for money is a difference concept than sticker price.

What were were genuinely surprised to see is just how large a difference size, class, and engine choice makes. Buyers willing to downsize can save enough to spring for a luxury package or hotter engine. Buyers willing to forgo a bit of power can opt for a larger vehicle. Buyers willing to do both can spend next winter in Nassau or send the kids to a better college.

When choosing our picks, the differences were often razor thin. Some winners eked out their victories by less than the cost of a pizza dinner. When choosing our midsize models, we only considered three-row SUVs. All these vehicles are in the same ballpark for maintenance costs.

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