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2017 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover

2017 Buick Encore

Best Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover:
2017 Buick Encore

With a Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price that starts under $24,000 and tops out at just over $31,000, the Buick Encore is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to our 5-Year Cost to Own Awards. 2017 marks the fourth straight year that Buick's small crossover SUV topped our list as having the lowest cost to own among luxury compact SUVs.

The reasons for the Encore's yearly encores at the top of our 5-Year CTO podium are easy to spot. Any time you can get a premium-feeling, generously equipped, technically sophisticated SUV started for under $25,000, you've got a vehicle worth paying attention to. While you own it, a fuel-thrifty turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine (available in 138-horsepower and 153-horsepower versions) and 6-speed automatic transmission will serve most of your city and highway needs. At the end of your time with the Encore, you can resell it and rest assured that it has lost less of its original value than most of its competitors.

Our recommendation? The Encore Preferred model -- you can make your deal for under $25,000. Our Expert Review of the 2017 Buick Encore hits some of this SUV's highlights: "The well-equipped Encore Preferred has air conditioning, Buick IntelliLink telematics with an 8.0-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." Adding all-wheel drive to any Buick Encore adds $1,500 to the price tag.

With the the Buick Encore, you get a quiet, easy-to-enjoy, fuel-efficient (30 mpg or more on the highway) premium-class SUV that's also a low-cost-to-own bargain.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$40,132
as of December 31, 2016

2nd Place Finisher
2017 Lexus NX

2017 Lexus NX

Lexus quality, reliability and value are legendary, and the elegant 2017 Lexus NX crossover SUV represents the company's values for all three, including high resale value.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$46,747
as of December 31, 2016

3rd Place Finisher
2017 BMW X1

2017 BMW X1

BMW's starter SUV is small, but surprisingly versatile and roomy. Best of all, the BMW X1 is a BMW, which means fun is never far away.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$46,775
as of December 31, 2016

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