Negotiating a good price on a new car can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars, but shoppers can save even more simply by choosing the right car to begin with, Kelly Blue Book reports.

Purchase price is just one of the costs associated with vehicle ownership, and when the continuing costs of fuel, financing, insurance and depreciation are considered, saving a few bucks up front can cost more when all is said and done.

Helping consumers shop smart and save money, Kelley Blue Book’s expert editors today name the 2018 model-year brand and category winners of the seventh annual 5-Year Cost to Own Awards, recognizing new vehicles with the lowest projected ownership costs.

Available on Kelley Blue Book’s for new models, 5-Year Cost to Own information takes into consideration depreciation, expected fuel costs, finance and insurance fees, maintenance and repair costs, and state fees.

This year the 2018 KBB Cost to Own winners are:

Brand: Hyundai

Luxury Brand: Acura

Subcompact Car:  Chevrolet Spark

Electric Vehicle:  Nissan LEAF

Compact Car:  Toyota Corolla iM

Subcompact SUV/Crossover:  Honda HR-V

Sporty Compact Car:  Honda Civic Si

Compact SUV/Crossover:  Subaru Crosstrek

Mid-Size Car:  Hyundai Sonata

Mid-Size SUV/Crossover:  Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Full-Size Car:  Chevrolet Impala

Full-Size SUV-Crossover:  Chevrolet Tahoe

Entry-Level Luxury Car:  Acura ILX

Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover:  Buick Encore

Luxury Car:  Lexus GS

Luxury Mid-Size SUV/Crossover:  Infiniti QX60

High-End Luxury Car:  Porsche Panamera

Luxury Full-Size SUV/Crossover:  Infiniti QX80

Sports Car:  Chevrolet Camaro

Mid-Size Pickup Truck:  Toyota Tacoma

High-Performance Car:  Dodge Challenger SRT

Hybrid/Alternative Energy Car:  Toyota Prius c

Full-Size Pickup Truck:  Ford F-150

Minivan:  Honda Odyssey

2018 model-year vehicle’s projected ownership costs are based on the average Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own data for the initial five-year ownership period. Find out more at