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Kiplinger’s List For People Who Hate Cars

Apr 25, 13 • by Craig Fitzgerald • Commuting, Featured, New Cars3 CommentsRead More »

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Kiplinger’s is a pretty good personal finance/business magazine, but the cars they’re recommending on their 2013 Cheapest Cars list is a parade of vehicles that offer all of the spirit and pure enjoyment of a catheter. Buying new is never cheap, and if cheap is all your interested in, you’re left with the new cars that have a hard time finding a home in a rental fleet. ClunkerNation offers some alternate Clunker-esque suggestions that are both cheap and fun:

Compact CarsKiplinger’s says the Nissan Versa S ($12,780) is the cheapest car sold in the U.S. , but the Kia Forte LX ($16,175) is a better value. The five year cost of ownership is $29,769. Fine. For $16,000, you could purchase this 2010 Mazdaspeed Mazda3, own a car you truly enjoy driving, and have something that someone else would actually be interested in owning when you’re done with it.

MazdaSpeed3

Family SedansKiplinger’s notes that the Nissan Altima Base ($22,550) is the midsize car with the lowest ownership costs, but their value pick is the Ford Fusion S ($22,495). Over five years, ownership costs are $37,005. We’re not ones to bet against the Fusion, but for $22,500, why would you opt for a low-trim, FWD Fusion when you could purchase an all-wheel drive BMW 328xi with fewer than 40,000 miles?

BMW 3 Series

 

Luxury SedansKiplinger’s says the Buick Regal 2.4L ($29,910) slides into the cheapest slot for luxury sedans with a five-year cost of $42,493, but the  Lexus ES 300h ($39,745) costs only about $3,500 more to own for five years ($46,976). With $40,000 to spend, we love this all-wheel drive Infiniti M56X with over 18k on the clock.

Infiniti M56X

Family Crossovers—The magazine says that the abysmal Dodge Journey SE ($19,990) is the cheapest midsize crossover, but the Toyota Highlander Plus ($31,170) is their value pick. Over five years, you’ll pay $42,232. Our controversial pick is this 2010 Land Rover LR4. It seats seven, will haul anything you own, and offers a lot more off-road performance than anything in the crossover market. Reliability? Well, where’s your sense of adventure?

LR4

 

 

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3 Responses to Kiplinger’s List For People Who Hate Cars

  1. TheSpannerMan says:

    I would disagree with you on the Land Rover LR4 (known as Discovery here) I have an ex LR press vehicle and it has never let me down even though it now has 83k on the clocks that I covered in just 3 years, so far my only expenses have been services… It’s never let me down yet and never not started for me. It’ll also swallow anything we want from baggage for a Scottish biking trip or hauling feed around for our sheep. Most definitely recommended for anyone!

  2. Wendy Moore says:

    You could buy a BMW 328xi and have everyone think you are an asshat who doesn’t know how to drive. Alternatively, you could buy an Audi A4 and just be an asshat.