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2014 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Mid-Size SUV/Crossover

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

Best Mid-Size SUV/Crossover:
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

The Mitsubishi Outlander is all-new this year, with sleek exterior styling, a modernized interior, and a tweener size that makes it small enough to maneuver easily in city traffic and parking lots, but large enough to carry seven passengers in a pinch. The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander also benefits from a low base price for the class; that low entry price translates to a low monthly payment, and thus a low cost to own.

There's more to recommend the Outlander than price alone though. Now in its third generation, the capable family hauler offers a variety of high-tech options that were once the exclusive purview of luxury cars. For example, its advanced safety systems include automatic braking and lane departure warning, making it one of the lowest priced vehicles to offer such options. You don't even need to buy the top-level trim to get it either, just get the Technology Package on the mid-level SE.

The Mitsubishi Outlander offers up more inside as well. There's the excellent Rockford Fosgate audio system, for starters. And while that third row may not be big, it sure is handy when you need it.

But maybe the best thing about the Outlander is its size. Similar to vehicles like the Kia Sorento, the Outlander's on the small end of the midsize spectrum, which means you get more capacity and capability, but without a lot of added bulk. Also similar to Kia is the 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, which gives you plenty of peace of mind.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$38,359
as of December 13, 2013

2nd Place Finisher
2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser

2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser

This is the last year for the Toyota FJ Cruiser, giving you one last chance to cash in on its excellent cost to own. Credit the golden touch of the Toyota nameplate, and its strong resale value.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$38,769
as of December 13, 2013

3rd Place Finisher
2014 Jeep Wrangler

2014 Jeep Wrangler

If you want something like a Jeep Wrangler, there's only one thing to get: a Jeep Wrangler. That uniqueness explains its high resale value.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$39,898
as of December 13, 2013

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