2018 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover

2018 Buick Encore

Best Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover:
2018 Buick Encore

First-time buyers are probably not shopping for a luxury compact crossover SUV, but as the vehicle with the lowest 5-Year Cost to Own in this segment, the 2018 Buick Encore should be on the shopping list of many first-timers. A huge driver in this accolade is basic affordability. This handsome small hatchback crossover starts at about $24,000 and the top line Premium trim comes in around $31,500. Thanks to pricing well below the industry's average transaction price for vehicles, which is hovering in the mid-$30,000 range, the Encore repeats for the fifth time as having the lowest cost to own among its rivals.

Keep in mind, despite the low bar for pricing it does carry a sticker price a cut above rivals like the mass market Mazda CX-3. Still, you will be getting a stylish luxury compact SUV that offers more amenities. As a bonus, the Encore also has terrific noise, vibration and harshness isolation thanks to Buick's Quiet Tuning that uses extra insulation and laminated glass. The Encore is powered by an efficient 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine in two states of tune, (either 138 or 153 horsepower) backed by a 6-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is also an affordable extra priced at just $1,500 over front-drive models.

The well-equipped Encore Preferred has air conditioning, Buick IntelliLink telematics with an 8-inch touch screen, a tilt/telescoping steering column, cruise control, a power driver's seat, push-button start, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hotspot and a rearview camera. Encore Essence adds leather trim, heated front bucket seats/steering wheel, a power passenger seat and LED headlights. The top-line Encore Premium boasts Bose audio, front/rear park assist and forward-collision alert/lane-departure warning.

The 2018 Buick Encore's good looks, plenty of standard features and an affordable price that results in low ownership costs are worth a look not only for first-time buyers, but also shoppers looking to downsize without sacrificing premium features.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$38,607
as of December 31, 2017

2nd Place Finisher
2018 INFINITI QX30

2018 INFINITI QX30

Although it shares a taller ride height that is a big selling point among crossovers, the 2018 Infiniti QX30 also has a sleek shape and road manners that puts the sport in Sport Utility Vehicle.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$44,508
as of December 31, 2017

3rd Place Finisher
2018 Lexus NX

2018 Lexus NX

Its signature spindle grille gives the 2018 Lexus NX a distinctive look, while the division's brand name contributes to this vehicle's stellar resale performance.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$45,629
as of December 31, 2017

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See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2017 | 2016 | 2015
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