It’s relatively easy to see what a new suv will cost. You can Google the sticker price and get a selection of online quotes from dealers in a few clicks. But as the miles click by, some SUVs will cost more than others to keep on the road.
Today, we’ve rounded up 10 of the cheapest SUVs to maintain. We’ve looked for benefits that include mechanical simplicity, rather than complex, intricate engineering solutions; small wheels and tires rather than pretty plus-sized ones that will cost a fortune to replace; standout fuel efficiency on regular-grade fuel; perks like free scheduled maintenance and a long warranty; and high reliability grades from third-party experts. We’ve also made sure to include a variety of SUV sizes, capabilities, brands, and price points — not just a list of 10 little crossovers — so that you can find an affordable-to-maintain vehicle that’s right for your needs. We’ve ordered our list approximately based on the vehicles’ typical selling prices. Note that unlike many “cost to own” computations, we’re not factoring in depreciation costs; cars do lose value over time, but that’s not a maintenance expense that’s coming out of your pocket to keep your SUV running.