The Honda Insight was the only hybrid to make it onto Kelley Blue Book's list of new cars that will cost less than $30,000 to own during the first five years of ownership.

The Insight, which has a base MSRP of $19,120, was joined by 15 other models, all of which are high fuel-economy gas models whose MSRPs range from $11,770 for the Nissan Versa to $16,890 for the Toyota Corolla. The Volkswagen Jetta was the least fuel-efficient of the bunch, with a combined EPA rating of 27 mpg. Read here to see the complete list, which factored in depreciation, refueling costs as well as repair and maintenance expenses.

Last month, Kelley Blue Book compared ownership costs of electric-drive vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in hybrid and the Nissan Leaf battery electric, and concluded that the Volt was about $1,500 "cheaper" to own than the Leaf during the first five years of ownership. The Volt, which Kelley estimated will cost the driver about $40,600 during the first five years, beat out the Leaf in part because of lower insurance and maintenance costs.

Honda could certainly use the help moving the Insight, which was launched as a look-alike competitor to the Toyota Prius. Last year, Honda sold 15,549 Insights in the U.S., which was down 26 percent from 2010 and was about one-ninth of what Toyota sold in Prius hybrids last year.
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Kbb.com Reports Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Available With Five-Year Total Cost of Ownership Less Than $30,000

Analysts Recommend Car Shoppers Consider Long-Term Expenses in Choosing Next New Car
IRVINE, Calif., March 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kelley Blue Book, www.kbb.com, the leading provider of new and used vehicle information, today reports the most fuel-efficient vehicles available with a five-year Total Cost of Ownership less than $30,000. Available on kbb.com, Kelley Blue Book's Total Cost of Ownership information reveals depreciation, expected fuel costs, finance and insurance fees, maintenance and repair costs, and state fees for new models for the initial five-year ownership period.

In today's economy, most families are looking to save money wherever possible. Going out to eat less often, cutting back on premium cable channels and nixing expensive coffee shop habits are a few ways consumers can reduce their weekly expenses in the short term. However, with gas prices on the rise, many consumers are looking beyond short-term savings by considering more fuel-efficient vehicles to help offset the rising price of fuel. For those shoppers who are ready to purchase a vehicle soon, Kelley Blue Book provides a list of fuel-sipping new vehicles that are most affordable in the long term, according to the company's Total Cost of Ownership data.

"When it comes to purchasing an automobile, consumers need to think long term to determine all of the costs associated with owning a vehicle," said Alec Gutierrez, senior market analyst of automotive insights for Kelley Blue Book. "It is simple enough to estimate monthly payments or even the cost of fuel on a short-term basis; however, the cost of insurance, maintenance and repairs are far more difficult to obtain on a case-by-case basis. Kelley Blue Book provides this helpful information for free on kbb.com with its Total Cost of Ownership data for new cars."

Kelley Blue Book analysts focused on highlighting the vehicles that provide excellent fuel economy with a five-year operating cost of $30,000 or less. Shoppers looking for a small car can choose from a variety of new or redesigned subcompacts such as the Hyundai Accent, Ford Fiesta or Chevrolet Sonic. For consumers who need a little more space, the Hyundai Elantra, Honda Civic or Volkswagen Jetta would make an excellent choice.

Fuel Economy

Pricing

Incentives

Make

Model

Trim

City

Comb

Hwy

MSRP

FPP

Rebate

APR

TCO

Nissan

Versa

Sedan 4D

30

33

38

$11,770

$11,093

$25,818

Hyundai

Accent

GLS Sedan 4D

30

33

40

$13,320

$12,657

3.9%

$27,743

Kia

Soul

Sport Wagon 4D

29

32

36

$14,650

$14,111

1.9%

$28,131

Toyota

Yaris

Hatchback 2D

30

33

38

$14,875

$14,009

$28,167

Mazda

MAZDA2

Sport Hatchback 4D

29

32

35

$15,325

$15,153

0.9%

$28,457

Ford

Fiesta

Sedan 4D

29

33

40

$13,995

$13,488

$500

3.9%

$28,639

Honda

Fit

Hatchback 4D

28

31

35

$15,945

$15,441

$29,370

Hyundai

Elantra

GLS Sedan 4D

29

33

40

$16,120

$15,519

3.9%

$29,498

Kia

Rio

Hatchback 4D

30

33

40

$14,150

$13,513

1.9%

$29,862

Scion

xD

Hatchback 4D

27

29

33

$16,075

$15,689

$29,913

Honda

Civic

DX Coupe 2D

28

32

39

$16,375

$15,386

1.9%

$29,928

Honda

Insight

Hatchback 4D

41

42

44

$19,120

$18,382

$30,647

Mazda

MAZDA3

SV Sedan 4D

27

31

39

$15,995

$14,789

0.9%

$30,784

Toyota

Corolla

Sedan 4D

27

30

34

$16,890

$15,877

$30,807

Volkswagen

Jetta

Sedan 4D

24

27

32

$16,135

$15,167

0.9%

$30,868

Chevrolet

Sonic*

LS Sedan 4D

29

33

40

$14,660

$14,261


All incentives listed are subject to change and may or may not be combined, check with your local dealer or manufacturer's website to verify local offers
Kelley Blue Book's Fair Purchase Price (FPP) relies on actual transactions from around the country
Kelley Blue Book's Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) considers FPP, Fuel, and other factors to reflect a 5-year estimated cost of ownership
At the time of publication KBB did not have sufficient data to publish a TCO for the Chevrolet Sonic

"We featured only the most affordable trims available for each vehicle on our list, so some creature comforts and amenities may not be available at these bargain basement prices," said Gutierrez. "Consumers can always opt to spend a little more to jump up a trim or two to get all of the features they want, but those determined to spend as little as possible on a new vehicle need look no further than this list."

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