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The price you pay for a car is only one of the many costs of owning one. You also have to pay for gas, parking, and monthly car insurance fees. According to U.S. News & World Report, that can make even the cheapest new car an expensive vehicle to own. The good news is that U.S. News recently revealed the cheapest cars to maintain and repair, and its list includes some pretty great options. The even better news is that many of them are also among the most reliable new cars of 2021. From the 2021 Toyota Corolla to the 2021 Mazda Miata, let’s talk about U.S. News’ picks for the cheapest cars to maintain and repair. 

These Toyota models are reliable and cheap to maintain

A grey 2021 Toyota Corolla driving, the 2021 Toyota Corolla is one of the most reliable new cars. It's also one of the cheapest cars to maintain.
2021 Toyota Corolla | Toyota

There’s no denying that Toyota has a reputation for reliability. In fact, several new Toyota models are among the most reliable new cars of 2021. Take, for example, the 2021 Toyota Corolla. According to U.S. News, the Corolla is the world’s best-selling passenger car of all time, and for good reasons too. 

With a base price of $25,025, this year’s Corolla is not only one of the cheapest new cars on the market today, but it’s also extremely reliable. According to U.S. News, that makes it one of the cheapest cars to maintain and repair. Don’t just take U.S. News’ word for it, either. also reports that the Corolla is one of the cheapest vehicles to maintain.

And if the 2021 Toyota Corolla isn’t quite your style? U.S. News called out two additional options: the 2021 Toyota Tacoma and the 2021 Toyota 4Runner. According to the organization, these new Toyota models have a reputation for above-average predicted reliability. Both Toyota models are also extremely easy to find parts for.

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler is a reliable SUV that’s cheap to maintain

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler landed a spot on U.S. News’ list of the cheapest cars to maintain and repair too. In fact, the organization compared the off-road SUV to a Lego set for adults, adding that its modular design makes it easy for owners to wrench on their Wrangler with even the most basic set of tools. Better yet, the organization gave the 2021 Wrangler an 81/100 quality and reliability rating.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator also landed a spot on U.S. News’ list. Though, that shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. After all, the Wrangler and Gladiator are closely related. Additionally, both Jeep models have a more extensive selection of aftermarket parts than other vehicles on the road today. “It encompasses both Mopar parts and service items from Jeep’s in-house parts supplier and thousands of aftermarket parts and accessory suppliers,” U.S. News added.

The 2021 Mazda Miata is an affordable sports car that’s cheap to maintain


The Least Reliable Toyota Models Might Not Be as Problematic as You Think

From the Toyota Corolla to the Jeep Gladiator, plenty of vehicles are both reliable and cheap to maintain. But if you’re looking for a new car, that’s a tad more fun to drive? You’ll be pleased to know that the 2021 Mazda Miata also made U.S. News’ list of the cheapest cars to maintain. 

However, it is worth noting that the soft-top Miata will be significantly easier to maintain than the hardtop. “With its sophisticated folding hardtop, the Miata RF features a more complicated and potentially expensive design to maintain,” U.S. News explains.

And when it comes to being reliable? While U.S. News has yet to assign the Miata its own reliability rating, Consumer Reports has already done so. In fact, the organization gave this year’s new Miata a five out of five predicted reliability rating. 

Save money by buying a reliable new car that’s cheap to maintain

Now, these aren’t the only new cars that earned a spot on U.S. News’ list of the cheapest cars to maintain. U.S. News also highlighted vehicles like the Nissan Frontier, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, among others. So if you’re in the market for a reliable new car that’s cheap to maintain and repair? You’ve got plenty of options worth considering.