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5 Great New Cars That Are Affordable to Maintain

So you’re online eyeing up pictures of the car of your dreams. It looks super sporty, but what about the cost of maintaining it? Does it use a special oil filter? Or maybe it’s an imported car that requires a specialized mechanic and rare parts for repairs. These are all factors you’ll want to keep in mind, because at the end of the day, some cars are simply less expensive to maintain and less prone to issues than others. As you shop around for a new car, start your research here and take a look at these five great low-maintenance cars.
 
#1: Toyota Corolla. Kelley Blue Book rated the 2014 Corolla the “Best Compact Car” for its cost of ownership over five years. For decades the Corolla has been known for being practically indestructible under the hood as long as you keep up with oil changes (which by the way, are only recommended every 5,000 miles with 2010 models and up).
 
#2: GMC Sierra 1500. KBB recognized the 2014 Sierra 1500 as the best full-size pickup truck for year-to-year maintenance cost. Since it’s a domestic truck and uses domestic parts, parts and repairs are typically less expensive than imports in its class.
 
#3: Honda Odyssey. Like all Hondas, the Odyssey is notoriously reliable and relatively efficient on fuel for its class. To top it off, it’s a common vehicle, so the parts are easy to find.
 
#4: Chevrolet Spark. Automotive.com dubbed the 2014 Chevrolet Spark #1 in Lowest Cost of Ownership Cars. It not only holds its value but is simply great on fuel economy. If you’re looking for a trendy and reliable hatchback, see the Spark.
 
#5: GMC Terrain. In terms of low-maintenance compact SUVs, the 2015 GMC Terrain is second only to the 2015 Honda CR-V, according to U.S. News.
 
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