2019 Jeep® Wrangler and 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Winners of ‘5-Year Cost to Own Awards’ From Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com!
- For a fifth consecutive year, 2019 Jeep® Wrangler earns 5-Year Cost to Own Award – First year in Off-Road SUV/Crossover category
- 2019 Fiat 124 Spider earns first 5-Year Cost to Own Award in Sports Car category in first year of eligibility
- Awards honor vehicles with the lowest projected ownership costs for the first five years of ownership
For the fifth consecutive year, the Jeep Wrangler took home a 5-Year Cost to Own award. This year is its first in the “Off-Road SUV/Crossover” category, while the Fiat 124 Spider earned its first 5-Year Cost to Own award in the “Sports Car” category in its first year of eligibility.
The 5-Year Cost to Own Awards honor the new vehicles and brands (luxury and non-luxury) with the lowest projected ownership costs, based on Kelley Blue Book’s 5-Year Cost to Own data for new cars for the initial five-year ownership period. While depreciation (or loss of value) and fuel costs may be the greatest expense incurred in owning a vehicle, there are other factors that can have a significant impact on a consumer’s budget.
“The two-door Jeep Wrangler leads its segment in all 5-Year Cost to Own factors except repairs,” said Eric Ibara, director of 5-Year Cost to Own for Kelley Blue Book. “The Wrangler has significantly lower depreciation due to strong residual values, making it one of the most capable and affordable off-road vehicles on the market.
“The Fiat 124 Spider leads its segment with the lowest financing costs, fuel costs and state fees,” added Ibara. “In the Sports Car segment, consumers often trade high fuel costs in exchange for performance. The Fiat 124 Spider is a logical option for drivers who would like to experience the excitement of a sports car at an affordable price.”
Available on Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com, 5-Year Cost to Own information takes into consideration depreciation, expected fuel costs, finance and insurance fees, maintenance and repair costs, and state fees for all new models. Kelley Blue Book’s 5-Year Cost to Own Awards, like all new- and used-car information provided by KBB.com, exist to help shoppers make more informed new-car buying decisions by breaking down typical ownership cost details and naming the brands and models with the lowest projected five-year total.
The Jeep Wrangler is the most capable SUV ever and exemplifies Jeep’s legendary 4×4 capability that stays true to the original design while providing a fresh, modern take on a renowned profile. With multiple powertrain combinations, including an all-new turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with eTorque technology that features a mild-hybrid system, it is the most powerful and most fuel-efficient Wrangler ever with vastly improved on-road manners for everyday driving.
It remains true to its heritage as the original open-air fun-and-freedom machine. A multitude of technology and safety features increases Wrangler’s appeal and extends its reach to new customers.
All Wrangler models are Trail Rated with a badge indicating that the vehicle is designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording. Wrangler Rubicon models are equipped with signature red tow hooks, Rock-Trac® 4×4 system, featuring a two-speed transfer case with a 4:1 low-range gear ratio, front and rear Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lok® electric front- and rear-axle lockers, electronic sway bar disconnect and standard 33-inch BF Goodrich KO2 All-Terrain off-road tires.