2015 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Subcompact Car

2015 Chevrolet Spark

Best Subcompact Car:
2015 Chevrolet Spark

When it comes to getting the most for your long-term automotive budget, it's hard to beat the Chevrolet Spark. For a second year in a row it takes the 5-Year Cost to Own crown among the already-frugal class of subcompact cars.

Key to the Spark's long-term affordability is its low initial price. Starting around $13,000, the 2015 Spark is the least-expensive new Chevy. That budget-friendly price makes it a natural fit for younger drivers, while this 4-door hatchback's diminutive size is well-suited for around-town driving. As with its all-electric Spark EV sibling, this subcompact Chevy isn't ideal for long highway commutes but is a champ in crowded urban environments where it can snag even the smallest of parking spots.

The Spark's assets don't end with value pricing and a fuel economy rating up to 39 mpg. As we noted in our full review, "Beyond its low price and high fuel economy, the Spark boasts a larger-than-expected interior and vibrant exterior styling that's offered in an array of bright colors with names like Salsa, Lime Green and Lemonade."

Up to four passengers can fit into a Spark, and when the rear seats aren't in use they fold to create a sizable cargo space. Up front a motorcycle-inspired dash and standard 7-inch touchscreen command center add visual pizzazz.

This Chevy's size won't suit everyone, but for buyers seeking a small car that has an even smaller impact on their budget, the Spark can pay off in a big way.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$26,905
as of December 31, 2014

2nd Place Finisher
2015 Nissan Versa

2015 Nissan Versa

The Nissan Versa helps save budgets by sipping fuel, but inside it boasts a surprising amount of room for passengers and their stuff.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$27,460
as of December 31, 2014

3rd Place Finisher
2015 Scion iQ

2015 Scion iQ

Whether you dub it fun or funky, there's no denying the Scion iQ is an urban-friendly runabout backed by Toyota's reputation for quality.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$27,953
as of December 31, 2014

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See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2014 | 2013 | 2012
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