Kelley Blue Book’s 2017 5-Year Cost to Own Awards

For the fourth year in a row, the Toyota Corolla tops all other compact cars as the least-expensive model to own over five years. This Toyota’s reputation goes back even longer, with a track record that others could only dream about.

Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, Toyota’s venerable compact sedan has spent decades honing its mission to be an affordable, economical, comfortable and easy-to-drive sedan. Those traits give it wide appeal, making it an excellent choice for drivers ranging from students to empty-nesters. As we found in our review: “It’s comfortable, with a ride quality that absorbs bumps without making the car feel like it’s wallowing around. The SE models even have the tiniest bit of bite to their suspension, and the manual-transmission SE could even be considered beginner-level fun.”

For 2017, the Corolla only improves. Both the interior and exterior get styling updates, but that’s not the biggest story. The most significant improvements are unseen, but have the potential to save lives. Called Toyota Safety Sense-P, the system bundles advanced driver-assistance and safety features like adaptive cruise control, lane-departure alert with steering assist, and a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection that can automatically stop the car to prevent or minimize a collision.

See the full list of winners here: