RepairPal Study Ranks Most Expensive Repair Costs

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Oct. 5, 2016—RepairPal conducted a study on the average cost of common auto repairs for the most popular cars in the U.S.

Using a proprietary database of auto repair pricing in the U.S., RepairPal calculated the average cost of four common auto repairs—water pump, alternator, brake pad replacement, and oil change service—on 40 popular 2010 car models.

The survey found Hyundai to have a higher MPG and the most affordable average costs of auto repairs.

The Volkswagen Jetta and Mitsubishi Lancer are both on the most expensive list and cost more to repair that most luxury models and all of the SUVs.   

SUVs are among the most affordable models to repair with the Mazda CX-7 and Ford Explorer coming in high on the list.

One of the most expensive models to repair, the Lincoln MKZ, is American-made.

Top 20 Most Expensive Car Models to Repair

(car model category in brackets, average repair cost in parentheses)

  • Lincoln MKZ - [Luxury] ($2649)
  • Audi A4 - [Luxury] ($2259)
  • Lexus IS250 - [Luxury] ($2234)
  • Volkswagen Jetta - [Compact]  ($2114)
  • Volkswagen Passat - [Mid-Size] ($2087)
  • BMW 328i - [Luxury] ($1965)
  • Mercedes Benz C300 - [Luxury] ($1960)
  • Mitsubishi Lancer - [Compact] ($1931)
  • Infiniti G37 - [Luxury] ($1725)
  • Chevrolet Malibu - [Mid-Size] ($1633)
  • Chevrolet Equinox - [SUV] ($1604)
  • GMC Acadia - [SUV] ($1603)
  • Volvo S80 - [Luxury] ($1600)
  • Chrysler 300 - [Luxury] ($1578)
  • Acura TL - [Luxury] ($1537)
  • Nissan Murano - [SUV] ($1503)
  • Honda Pilot - [SUV] ($1480)
  • Toyota 4runner - [SUV] ($1480)
  • Kia Sportage - [SUV] ($1469)
  • Kia Optima - [Mid-Size] ($1454)

Top 20 Most Affordable Car Models to Repair

  • Nissan Altima Hybrid - [Hybrid] ($673)
  • Ford Fusion Hybrid - [Hybrid] ($768)
  • Toyota Prius - [Hybrid] ($784)
  • Nissan Sentra - [Compact] ($931)
  • Nissan Altima - [Mid-Size] ($986)
  • Mazda CX-7 - [SUV] ($988)
  • Mazda6 - [Mid-Size] ($1026)
  • Ford Explorer - [SUV] ($1052)
  • Honda Accord - [Mid-Size] ($1060)
  • Ford Focus - [Compact] ($1064)
  • Mazda3 - [Compact] ($1068)
  • Hyundai Elantra - [Compact] ($1088)
  • Ford Fusion - [Mid-Size] ($1093)
  • Honda Civic - [Compact] ($1120)
  • Hyundai Santa Fe - [SUV] ($1179)
  • Hyundai Sonata - [Mid-Size] ($1188)
  • Kia Forte - [Compact] ($1190)
  • Subaru Impreza - [Compact] ($1191)
  • Subaru Legacy - [Mid-Size] ($1213)
  • Toyota Camry - [Compact] ($1244)

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