When choosing a new car, most people only consider the total price of the vehicle or the size of the monthly payment. What consumers tend to forget about is the cost of maintaining a vehicle over time. Fuel, maintenance, and repairs can take a big chunk out of a monthly budget, and that matters even to people who buy luxury models. That’s why we’ve rounded up to of the least expensive luxury cars to maintain — not necessarily the least expensive to buy, but the ones that cost less to own over time once you’ve made the purchase.
Not surprisingly, all of the models we’ve selected are electrified in some way. Some are hybrids that get terrific fuel economy and enjoy longstanding reputations for reliability. Some are plug-in hybrids that allow you to drive on nothing but electricity for short distances. And some are pure electrics that never require gas, or an oil change, or much in the way of maintenance at all. We’ve listed them on the pages that follow, in alphabetical order and with their base price not including the destination charge.