Slide Show | February 2011
The 10 Cheapest Cars to Own
All the vehicles on the list are small -- either compacts or subcompacts -- because they tend to have the lowest market price, the best fuel economy, and reasonable insurance rates -- since premiums tend to rise with horsepower.
Note that with the lower-price class, you may also have to pay extra for automatic transmission, air conditioning and sometimes even a radio—not to mention such safety features as anti-lock brakes. Most are equipped with six standard airbags but only half have standard stability control. (The market price is the average transaction cost and reflects rebates; all vehicles have manual transmissions, unless otherwise noted.)
Source: The 10 Cheapest Cars to Own