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If you’re looking for an off-roader that’s as affordable as it is tough, these are the cheapest 4WD vehicles to own, according to RACV’s latest Car Running Costs Survey.
When buying a new car, it’s never more important to consider the features and functions than when buying an off-roading four-wheel drive (4WD).
While the focus may be on the functionality of the 4WD, the vehicle you choose could be quite costly when compared to its competitors.
Aside the from the initial purchase price – and its associated loan repayments, which account for just over two thirds of a car’s total running cost – people often assume fuel is the next biggest expense when it comes to owning a 4WD. But, when averaged out over the year, it’s actually a car’s on-road costs that carve the biggest slice of the monthly budget, according to RACV’s latest Car Running Costs survey.
In general, fuel is the biggest singular expense accounting for about 11 per cent of a 4WD’s monthly running costs. This is followed by on road costs – including registration, insurance and auto-club membership – at a combined total of 13 per cent, and servicing and maintenance costs at around four per cent. Purchase price takes the biggest chunk at 71 per cent.
RACV’s latest Car Running Costs survey found 4WD owners spend as much as $2,700 per month to own and run some of the top-selling 4WD models.
To find the most affordable off-roaders, RACV has compared six of the most popular models - Ford Everest Ambiente 4WD, Isuzu MU-X LS-M, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GLX, Nissan Y62 Patrol Ti, Toyota Landcruiser 300 series GX 3 and the Toyota Prado GX - to see how they stack up in terms of purchase price and ongoing costs, including fuel consumption, servicing and on-roads, averaged out over a five-year ownership period.