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2015 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Compact SUV/Crossover

2015 Jeep Patriot

Best Compact SUV/Crossover:
2015 Jeep Patriot

The Jeep Patriot wins our 5-Year Cost-to-Own Award in its segment year after year because it's an SUV with a careful eye on value. The front-wheel-drive Sport comes in at under $18,000. Not only is it the most affordable Jeep on the market, but it's also one of the least expensive sport/utilities, period. In addition the Patriot is fuel-efficient, another important factor when it comes to the 5-Year Cost to Own Awards. Most important, it benefits from the Jeep brand's strong resale value, a critical factor that lessens depreciation costs.

But there is more to the Patriot than the numbers. It has plenty of character, too. Its boxy styling is a charming throwback to the original 1980s Jeep Cherokee. Also aligning it with other Jeeps is the fact that it can be Trail Rated. If you opt for the Freedom Drive II 4-wheel-drive system, the Patriot is capable of genuine off-roading, something that sets it apart from the rest of the compact SUV pack.

A few years ago, the Patriot's interior was updated. Changes like the use of a redesigned steering wheel, soft-touch materials and more padding throughout, plus a new center console and better cloth on the seats improve the daily driving experience.

While the Jeep Patriot lacks the refinement of other vehicles in its class, and the interior is noisier than in its competitors -- thanks in part to its CVT, an issue which can be solved by getting one of the other two available transmissions -- its excellent cost to own and its endearing ties to the Jeep brand are hard to ignore.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$35,272
as of December 31, 2014

2nd Place Finisher
2015 Jeep Wrangler

2015 Jeep Wrangler

The brawny, go-anywhere capability of the Jeep Wrangler meshes well with its beach-ready convertible attitude, keeping this icon a favorite for nearly 75 years.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$35,895
as of December 31, 2014

3rd Place Finisher
2015 Subaru Forester

2015 Subaru Forester

Thanks to its ground clearance and all-wheel-drive, the Subaru Forester gives you the capability of a small SUV, plus it has car-like ride and refinement.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$35,984
as of December 31, 2014

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

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