Autos

The Ten Most Expensive Cars to Own

10. GT-R
> Make: Nissan
> Style: Premium 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM)
> True cost of ownership: $117,892
> Purchase price: $91,830

> Combined (city and highway) MPG: 19

The Nissan GT-R is one of the most sought-after new sports cars in the U.S. Not so desirable is its price. The car’s nearly $92,000 base price is steep to begin with. The GT-R ranks among the top 10 most expensive thanks largely to two additional costs on top of its depreciation. First is the car’s maintenance costs, which average $10,043 over five years — the highest amount among all models. The GT-R also has the second-highest insurance costs, at $22,334 for the five years.

9. Range Rover
> Make: Land Rover
> Style: HSE 4dr SUV 4WD (5.0L 8cyl 6A)
> True cost of ownership: $118,158
> Purchase price: $88,862
> Combined (city and highway) MPG: 14

Range Rover has the 13th-highest base price of the 291 models examined. However, exceptionally high costs in other areas put the car in the top 10 for true cost of ownership. Compared to other models, Range Rover’s biggest expense is repairs, which cost an average $4,214 altogether for five years. This amount is the third-highest. Also expensive for Range Rover owners are fuels costs. Over five years, owners will pay nearly $22,000 to fuel the car, which gets a mere 12 MPG in the city. The Land Rover has been awarded a five out of five for overall quality by JD Power, but only two out of five for design.

8. ActiveHybrid 7
> Make: BMW
> Style: 750i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A)
> True cost of ownership: $122,076
> Purchase price: $101,545
> Combined (city and highway) MPG: 20

BMW’s ActiveHybrid 7 has relatively good fuel economy and is also particularly powerful. However, the true cost of the car is much more than the $101,000 price tag. After five years, outside costs, including taxes and fees, insurance and financing interest, ownership of the vehicle averages more than $122,000. The ActiveHybrid 7 does not have particularly good JD Power scores, earning a three out of five for both quality and design. Sales also have been low, with only 118 registrations in the U.S. in 2011.

7. G-Class
> Make: Mercedes-Benz
> Style: G550 4dr SUV 4WD (5.5L 8cyl 7A)
> True cost of ownership: $126,714
> Purchase price: $108,900
> Combined (city and highway) MPG: 13

The Mercedes G550, a luxury SUV from the company’s G-Class, has a true cost of ownership of more than $125,000. The car has the third-most expensive fuel costs among all models examined, at approximately $23,500 for five years. The car gets a combined MPG of just 13, and just 11 MPG in the city. The G550 also has among the highest finance interest rates. Five years of ownership result in an average $12,000 in interest. Customers apparently do not mind paying these high costs, as the G-Class has been in production since 1979.

6. LS 600h L
> Make: Lexus
> Style: 4dr Sedan AWD (5.0L 8cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
> True cost of ownership: $129,542
> Purchase price: $119,019
> Combined (city and highway) MPG: 20

Although the Lexus LS — the company’s flagship model — has been in production since 1989, the hybrid LS 600h L has only been around since 2006. According to Edmunds, the full-size luxury sedan is the most expensive model that Lexus produces in large numbers. The car’s base price of $119,019 is the fifth-highest among all companies. The car has very good scores from JD Power, earning a four out of five for overall quality and a perfect five out of five for design.

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