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The Mercury Cars Guide : July 24th 2010
10--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, July 24, 2010 Survey reveals running The middle child syndrome reflects a tough time for the kid caught in the middle of the family but when it comes to cars the middle-sizers are shining. DAVID FITZSIMONS reports LITTLE WINNER: Suzuki Alto was found to be the chepest car to run. THIRSTY: The V8 Holden Caprice was found to be the most expensive car to run. NEW research by the NRMA into what it costs to run more than 600 popular cars shows that the $12,490 one-litre Suzuki Alto is the cheapest car to run ($89 a week) while the plush V8 Holden Caprice is the most expensive ($361 a week). The New South Wales-based survey is the nation's largest examination of running costs. It paints mid-sized cars such as the Ford Mondeo, Toyota Camry, Holden Cruze and Epica, Mazda6 and various Kias and Hyundais in a glowing light. The research shows they are now far more economical to run than their larger siblings such as the Commodore, Falcon and Aurion --- even to the extent the NRMA is advising motorists to look at the smaller alternatives. NRMA spokesman Brad O'Hara says: ''The least expensive large-class vehicle costs almost $50 per week more than a mid-size car. This may cause [our] members to look at imported medium-sized alternatives.'' The most economical Mondeo costs $181 a week to run after calculating the purchase price, insurance, registration, fuel and repair costs. That's $14 a week cheaper than the best Falcon, which is an LPG car. The most economical petrol Falcon costs $201 a week to run. Over at Holden the Commodore costs $194 a week to run which is $38 a week dearer than the best Epica. However if you are thinking of downsizing to the four-cylinder, and still roomy, Cruze, its most economic version costs just $118 a week to run. The most economic large car, and the only Australian-made car to top its class in this year's NRMA survey is the V6 Toyota Aurion which costs $191 a week to run. That compares with the best four-cylinder Camry at $164 a week. The survey shows that middle-sized SUVs are also good buys these days as their costs are coming down. O'Hara says: ''Vehicles in the SUV medium class have the second largest reduction in average running costs at $15.19 --- just 54c behind the medium car class. They have advantages for families over sedans and hatches with higher seating and good levels of equipment. More importantly over 80 per cent have seating for seven people and 14 models can seat eight.'' The winner in this class, the Holden Captiva costs $175 a week to run and the runner-up Ford Territory costs $178 a week to run. Toyota's Kluger came in third costing $185 a week --- significantly cheaper to run than the most economic big Toyota SUV, the LandCruiser Workmate at $233 a week. Apart from costs the NRMA survey also provides a greenhouse rating from the Federal Government's green vehicle guide. O'Hara says: ''It came as no surprise that the Toyota Prius Hybrid had the highest greenhouse rating at 9 out of 10, beating some more fuel efficient diesel vehicles. ''We've found that generally, the bigger the car, the poorer the greenhouse rating, with the exception of hybrid vehicles. ''The lowest rating vehicle in the small vehicle class scored 6.5 out of 10 while the highest rated vehicle in the SUV large class scored just 4.5 out of 10.'' To assist motorists calculate their own exact running costs the NRMA has created an online calculator that allows you to input your own costs. Go to mynrma.com.au/runningcosts Running costs Model (cost per week) Cheapest Light cars: Suzuki Alto 1-litre hatchback ($88.82) Small cars: Hyundai i30 hatchback ($114.73) Medium cars: Kia Magentis ($147.83) Large cars: Toyota Aurion V6 ($191.90) People movers: Kia Rondo ($150.66) Small SUVs: Suzuki Jimny Sierra (4x4) ($127.40) Medium SUVs: Holden Captiva SX ($175.93) Large SUVs: Nissan Patrol ST (4x4) ($227.01) Dearest Light cars: Suzuki Swift Sport ($136.83) Small cars: Subaru Impreza WRX ($285.32) Medium cars: Honda Accord V6 ($242.33) Large cars: Holden Caprice V8 ($361.59) People movers: Chrysler Grand Voyager ($329.90) Small SUVs: Toyota RAV4 V6 ($233.26) Medium SUVs: Pajero Exceed V6 ($307.01) Large SUVs: Toyota LandCruiser Sahara ($359.51) Top five by class LIGHT CARS 1 Suzuki Alto ($88.82) 2 Hyundai Getz ($97.50) 3 Proton Savvy ($98.88) 4 Toyota Yaris ($101.40) 5 Mitsubishi Colt ($102.74) SMALL CARS 1 Hyundai i30 ($114.73) 2 Holden Cruze ($118.79) 3 Kia Cerato ($119.82) 4 Hyundai Elantra ($121.48) 5 Ford Focus ($124.32) MEDIUM CARS 1 Kia Magentis ($147.83) 2 Toyota Camry ($164.50) 3 Hyundai Sonata ($164.95) 4 Holden Epica ($166.90) 5 Mazda6 ($169.85) LARGE CARS 1 Toyota Aurion ($191.90) 2 Holden Commodore ($194.11) 3 Ford Falcon ($195.24) 4 Nissan Maxima ($199.38) 5 Holden Sportwagon ($200.97) PEOPLE MOVERS 1 Kia Rondo ($150.66) 2 Hyundai Trajet ($190.50) 3 Kia Carnival ($193.94) 4 Toyota Avensis ($196.18) 5 Kia Grand Carnival ($208.21) SMALL SUVs 1 Suzuki Jimny ($127.40) 2 Hyundai Tucson ($147.07) 3 Nissan Dualis ($148.11) 4 Suzuki Grand Vitara ($152.88) 5 Subaru Forester ($173.85) MEDIUM SUVs 1 Holden Captiva ($175.93) 2 Ford Territory 2WD ($178.62) 3 Toyota Kluger 5-seat ($185.20) 4 Ford Territory AWD ($187.66) 5 Toyota Kluger 7-seat ($191.69) LARGE SUVs 1 Nissan Patrol ($227.01) 2 Toyota LandCruiser wagon ($233.48) 3 Toyota LandCruiser Troopcarrier ($245.68) Source: NRMA 2009-10. 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