For the June 2021 issue of Consumer Reports magazine, Consumer Reports set out the most expensive and least expensive SUVs to keep on the road. Consumer Reports has published their study findings online.
Here’s what you need to know about how the budget-conscious Sportage and Tahoe won their respective titles.
How were the cheapest SUVs scored?
Consumer Reports asked its members how much they spent on regular maintenance and repairs, such as oil changes and brake replacements, over the past 12 months and the make, model, and year of their vehicle.
looked exclusively at owner input on cars that are 10 years old. Their reasoning for analyzing 2011 models is because after the 10-year-mark, older vehicles are typically more expensive to insure, and automaker warranties will have likely expired.
Because car owners paid out of pocket to maintain their SUVs, their yearly average cost genuinely indicates how cheap—or expensive—their vehicles are.
SUVs were categorized by their car price, either under $10,000 or between $10,000 and $20,000, and the total cost of yearly repairs. The annual costs ranged from $200 and $300, with an average of $260 for all 2011 SUVs.
A San Francisco transplant, Brooke Kottmann hails from Los Angeles, home to the first freeway. Brooke, who earned a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri, covered food, culture and technology for Midwestern regional magazines COMO, Jefferson City and Vox before switching to all things automotive. She still misses her first car, Alice, a white VW Rabbit.