September 28, 2010
In previous comments on our 2010 Suzuki Kizashi posts, many of you brought up the issue that the 'Zook may not be the car to own because of dealership experience, etc. So I decided to just check out how the sedan fares in our True Cost to Own tool up against the tool's automatically generated competitors: Ford Fusion, Mazdaspeed 3 and Hyundai Sonata. Would buyers who choose the Kizashi be that bad off?
Guess which car is predicted to be the best value over a 5-year period?
The Hyundai Sonata! It got the lowest cost per mile and TCO out of the four vehicles.
Its TCO vs the Kizashi's is $38,960 vs. $44,589. That means a Sonata customer would pay an additional $17,477 during five years of ownership while a Kizashi customer would pay an additional $20,718. A difference of $3,241. But expected resale of each car after five years is $8,406 (Sonata) and $8,147 (Kizashi); $259 difference.
Did you guess right?
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor