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Sedans still more affordable to own and run compared with SUVs.
Much like families themselves, family cars come in various shapes and sizes these days, from a traditional sedan to a big SUV and even a dual-cab ute. You can check out our other story to get the skinny on the cheapest utes in Australia but read on to find out which models are the most cost-effective for families according to RACV’s 2021 Vehicle Operating Costs survey.
While SUVs have taken over as the family hauler of choice in Australia, the most affordable category here is medium sedans and wagons, with an average monthly cost of $1189.84. Medium SUVs are next, just $10 a month more on $1200.01, followed by people movers ($1363.42) and rounded out by large SUVs ($1404.53).
These categories are made up of trusted nameplates that have been around for decades, like the Toyota Camry and Honda CR-V and newer fare like the Hyundai Palisade. Whatever your preference, there’s no shortage of options.