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Having a lower priced gasoline is not always the final answer to lower motoring costs, as drivers actually need to take into account how much their newly acquired vehicle would cost over the span of its lifetime.

While new car buyers usually shop around for the best deal when purchasing the new vehicle, it’s a fools bid to factor just the final asking price – you’ll incur numerous expenses over the span of the vehicle’s lifetime. Fortunately, Kelley Blue Book sprang to life the 2015 edition of the Five-Year Cost to Own Award, which aims to make some order into the havoc of the auto industry and its numerous models, niches, classes and sizes. We’re going to show you some of the most affordable cars, trucks and SUVs to own this year, but this time we’re skipping the traditional, alphabetical order for one that is more explanatory in this case – overall cost for a typical five-year ownership.

First off, the champion of the year – Chevrolet’s Spark, which will cost its owner just $26,905 over the span of five years. The runner up is a more comfortable compact car, the Toyota Corolla – which comes in at $30,416. From this moment on, we’ll break down some of the classes and their champions. So, let’s start with a hot-selling segment – pickup trucks. When it comes to a mid-size offering the best possible value is offered by the Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab – at $35,891. The full-size segment is taken by the GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab, at $42,881. If you’re looking for a regular midsize car, then you’re off to the Mazda6, with running five-year costs of $35,321. If you seek a more premium stance, the best bet is the Audi A5, at $57,527. After a sports car, the iconic Mazda Mx-5 Miata is your choice then – at $40,178 for half a decade. On the market for a SUV/crossover, start then with the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, at $37,834. Looking for the luxury full-size SUV/crossover, look no further than the Buick Enclave, at $59,700.

Via Forbes