2017 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Mid-Size SUV/Crossover

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Best Mid-Size SUV/Crossover:
2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

2017 is a hat-trick year for the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. This is the third year in a row that the 4-door midsize version of the Wrangler gets to take home our 5-Year Cost to Own Award. That means on a per-mile basis, the Wrangler Unlimited costs less to drive, insure and maintain than other midsize SUVs, and it'll lose less of its original sale price over time.

It also might be the most honest vehicle in America, according to our Expert Review: "The Jeep Wrangler is an authentic American original. For its loyalists it's nothing short of Old Glory with 4-wheel drive. Still true to its original concept after 75 years, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler continues to deliver exceptional off-road capability with ever-increasing amounts of on-road civility in an affordable package."

That no-brag, just-fact integrity extends in all directions from the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. It looks the part of a 4-wheeled Sherpa with its unmistakeable, blocky stance, high ground clearance, low overhangs, and heavy-duty, get-er-climbed underpinnings. The standard 4-wheel drive with a low-range transfer case works so well, it makes mountain goats look bad. Likewise, its 285-horsepower Pentastar V6 plays it both smooth and gutsy to haul up a mountain or down a highway.

The Wrangler Unlimited, by its very soul, feels more comfortable off-road than on, a truth that's reflected in the efficient minimalism of the Jeep's roomy interior. Built to a purpose it serves so well, the Wrangler's resale value is mighty -- another low-cost-to-own assurance. A 2017 Wrangler Unlimited, which costs about $3,000 more than a 2-door Jeep Wrangler, starts around $28,000 and can easily reach over $40,000.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$39,882
as of December 31, 2016

2nd Place Finisher
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

With a fresh face and features, low cost to own, and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain-warranty protection, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport represents true value.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$40,091
as of December 31, 2016

3rd Place Finisher
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

For 2017, the Mitsubishi Outlander SUV gives you seating for seven, off-road capability, safety and pleasure features galore, and a powertrain warranty that matches the best.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$40,842
as of December 31, 2016

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See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2016 | 2015 | 2014
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