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Why These ‘Boring’ Cars Are Great for Your Wallet

Andrew Lisa
·10 min read
2020 Mazda CX-5
2020 Mazda CX-5

Corvettes and Camaros turn heads on the highway. Porsches and Mercedes stir adoration and envy. That envy, however, would probably dry up pretty quickly if anyone saw the bills associated with buying and owning an undeniably awesome car.

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For the budget-minded buyer, boring is sometimes better.

GOBankingRates researched dozens of cars, trucks, vans and SUVs that aren’t particularly sexy but are incredibly forgiving to owners’ checking accounts. The study identified and ranked these so-called “boring” cars by analyzing U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Car Rankings for 2020” data. GOBankingRates found the starting MSRP, overall safety ranking out of 20 stars and gas mileage for each vehicle. Vehicles are ranked in ascending order from least great to best.

The result is a list of affordable vehicles in a variety of categories that are good on gas, safe to drive and/or hold their value well. The first 31 cars on the list, for example, boast MSRPs below the national average.

From hatchbacks and pickups to sedans, coupes and SUVs, there’s something for everyone on this list. All of them are fairly vanilla, but none will break the bank for drivers who value substance over style. If that sounds like you, and you’re in the market for a new car, this list is a great place to start shopping.

Last updated: Dec. 22, 2020

2020 Chevrolet Suburban RST.
2020 Chevrolet Suburban RST.

54. 2020 Chevrolet Suburban

  • Starting MSRP: $51,700

  • City mpg: 15

  • Highway mpg: 22

  • Combined mpg: 18.5

  • Safety rating: 16

  • 5-year depreciation: $29,753

2020 Nissan Armada
2020 Nissan Armada

53. 2020 Nissan Armada

  • Starting MSRP: $47,100

  • City mpg: 14

  • Highway mpg: 19

  • Combined mpg: 16.5

  • Safety rating: 15

  • 5-year depreciation: $27,106

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2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier Plus special edition.
2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier Plus special edition.

52. 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe

  • Starting MSRP: $49,000

  • City mpg: 15

  • Highway mpg: 22

  • Combined mpg: 18.5

  • Safety rating: 16

  • 5-year depreciation: $28,200

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King Ranch® edition of 2020 Ford Expedition and extended-length Expedition MAX reintroduces premium option for buyers of large SUVs inspired by iconic Texas ranch, extending 20-year collaboration.
King Ranch® edition of 2020 Ford Expedition and extended-length Expedition MAX reintroduces premium option for buyers of large SUVs inspired by iconic Texas ranch, extending 20-year collaboration.

51. 2020 Ford Expedition

  • Starting MSRP: $52,810

  • City mpg: 17

  • Highway mpg: 23

  • Combined mpg: 20

  • Safety rating: 19

  • 5-year depreciation: $30,392

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2020 Toyota Avalon
2020 Toyota Avalon

50. 2020 Toyota Avalon

  • Starting MSRP: $35,875

  • City mpg: 22

  • Highway mpg: 32

  • Combined mpg: 27

  • Safety rating: 18

  • 5-year depreciation: $20,646

2020 GMC Sierra AT4.
2020 GMC Sierra AT4.

49. 2020 GMC Sierra 1500

  • Starting MSRP: $31,195

  • City mpg: 16

  • Highway mpg: 21

  • Combined mpg: 18.5

  • Safety rating: 17

  • 5-year depreciation: $17,953

2020 Mazda CX-9
2020 Mazda CX-9

48. 2020 Mazda CX-9

  • Starting MSRP: $33,890

  • City mpg: 22

  • Highway mpg: 28

  • Combined mpg: 25

  • Safety rating: 18

  • 5-year depreciation: $19,504

2018 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E in Deep Scarlet Pearl.
2018 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E in Deep Scarlet Pearl.

47. 2020 Honda Ridgeline

  • Starting MSRP: $33,900

  • City mpg: 19

  • Highway mpg: 26

  • Combined mpg: 22.5

  • Safety rating: 19

  • 5-year depreciation: $19,509

2020 Chrysler Pacifica Limited with S Appearance.
2020 Chrysler Pacifica Limited with S Appearance.

46. 2020 Chrysler Pacifica

  • Starting MSRP: $34,045

  • City mpg: 19

  • Highway mpg: 28

  • Combined mpg: 23.5

  • Safety rating: 19

  • 5-year depreciation: $19,593

2020 Ram 1500 Rebel.
2020 Ram 1500 Rebel.

45. 2020 Ram 1500

  • Starting MSRP: $32,145

  • City mpg: 20

  • Highway mpg: 25

  • Combined mpg: 22.5

  • Safety rating: 18

  • 5-year depreciation: $18,499

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2020 Telluride.
2020 Telluride.

44. 2020 Kia Telluride

  • Starting MSRP: $31,890

  • City mpg: 20

  • Highway mpg: 26

  • Combined mpg: 23

  • Safety rating: 18

  • 5-year depreciation: $18,353

2020 Toyota Sienna
2020 Toyota Sienna

43. 2020 Toyota Sienna

  • Starting MSRP: $31,640

  • City mpg: 19

  • Highway mpg: 27

  • Combined mpg: 23

  • Safety rating: 18

  • 5-year depreciation: $18,209

2020 Chevrolet Silverado Diesel.
2020 Chevrolet Silverado Diesel.

42. 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

  • Starting MSRP: $28,500

  • City mpg: 16

  • Highway mpg: 21

  • Combined mpg: 18.5

  • Safety rating: 17

  • 5-year depreciation: $16,402

2020 Nissan Maxima
2020 Nissan Maxima

41. 2020 Nissan Maxima

  • Starting MSRP: $34,250

  • City mpg: 20

  • Highway mpg: 30

  • Combined mpg: 25

  • Safety rating: 20

  • 5-year depreciation: $19,711

2020 Hyundai Palisade
2020 Hyundai Palisade

40. 2020 Hyundai Palisade

  • Starting MSRP: $31,975

  • City mpg: 19

  • Highway mpg: 26

  • Combined mpg: 22.5

  • Safety rating: 19

  • 5-year depreciation: $18,402

2020 Chrysler 300C.
2020 Chrysler 300C.

39. 2020 Chrysler 300

  • Starting MSRP: $30,040

  • City mpg: 19

  • Highway mpg: 30

  • Combined mpg: 24.5

  • Safety rating: 17

  • 5-year depreciation: $17,288

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2018 Chevrolet Impala.
2018 Chevrolet Impala.

38. 2020 Chevrolet Impala

  • Starting MSRP: $31,620

  • City mpg: 19

  • Highway mpg: 28

  • Combined mpg: 23.5

  • Safety rating: 19

  • 5-year depreciation: $18,197

2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

37. 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

  • Starting MSRP: $37,000

  • City mpg: 43

  • Highway mpg: 44

  • Combined mpg: 43.5

  • Safety rating: 18

  • 5-year depreciation: $21,294

2020 Honda Odyssey
2020 Honda Odyssey

36. 2020 Honda Odyssey

  • Starting MSRP: $30,790

  • City mpg: 19

  • Highway mpg: 28

  • Combined mpg: 23.5

  • Safety rating: 19

  • 5-year depreciation: $17,720

A 3.
A 3.

35. 2020 Ford F-150

  • Starting MSRP: $28,745

  • City mpg: 19

  • Highway mpg: 25

  • Combined mpg: 22

  • Safety rating: 19

  • 5-year depreciation: $16,543

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2020 Toyota Tacoma
2020 Toyota Tacoma

34. 2020 Toyota Tacoma

  • Starting MSRP: $26,050

  • City mpg: 20

  • Highway mpg: 23

  • Combined mpg: 21.5

  • Safety rating: 17

  • 5-year depreciation: $14,992

2020 Sedona.
2020 Sedona.

33. 2020 Kia Sedona

  • Starting MSRP: $27,600

  • City mpg: 18

  • Highway mpg: 24

  • Combined mpg: 21

  • Safety rating: 19

  • 5-year depreciation: $15,884

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI

32. 2020 Volkswagen GTI

  • Starting MSRP: $28,595

  • City mpg: 24

  • Highway mpg: 32

  • Combined mpg: 28

  • Safety rating: 18

  • 5-year depreciation: $16,456

The only midsize pickup Built Ford Tough, the 2020 Ford Ranger is ready for adventure and packed with driver-assist technologies to enable easier driving both on and off-road.
The only midsize pickup Built Ford Tough, the 2020 Ford Ranger is ready for adventure and packed with driver-assist technologies to enable easier driving both on and off-road.

31. 2020 Ford Ranger

  • Starting MSRP: $24,410

  • City mpg: 21

  • Highway mpg: 26

  • Combined mpg: 23.5

  • Safety rating: 16

  • 5-year depreciation: $14,048

2019 GMC Canyon.
2019 GMC Canyon.

30. 2020 GMC Canyon

  • Starting MSRP: $23,395

  • City mpg: 20

  • Highway mpg: 26

  • Combined mpg: 23

  • Safety rating: 16

  • 5-year depreciation: $13,464

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2020 Chrysler Voyager.
2020 Chrysler Voyager.

29. 2020 Chrysler Voyager

  • Starting MSRP: $26,985

  • City mpg: 19

  • Highway mpg: 28

  • Combined mpg: 23.5

  • Safety rating: 19

  • 5-year depreciation: $15,530

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe
2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

28. 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

  • Starting MSRP: $26,275

  • City mpg: 22

  • Highway mpg: 29

  • Combined mpg: 25.5

  • Safety rating: 18

  • 5-year depreciation: $15,121

2020 Sorento.
2020 Sorento.

27. 2020 Kia Sorento

  • Starting MSRP: $26,990

  • City mpg: 22

  • Highway mpg: 29

  • Combined mpg: 25.5

  • Safety rating: 19

  • 5-year depreciation: $15,533

2020 Sportage.
2020 Sportage.

26. 2020 Kia Sportage

  • Starting MSRP: $23,990

  • City mpg: 23

  • Highway mpg: 30

  • Combined mpg: 26.5

  • Safety rating: 18

  • 5-year depreciation: $13,806

2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

25. 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

  • Starting MSRP: $28,350

  • City mpg: 41

  • Highway mpg: 38

  • Combined mpg: 39.5

  • Safety rating: 18

  • 5-year depreciation: $16,315

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24. 2020 Mazda CX-5

  • Starting MSRP: $25,190

  • City mpg: 25

  • Highway mpg: 31

  • Combined mpg: 28

  • Safety rating: 19

  • 5-year depreciation: $14,497

Completely redesigned new 2020 Escape best offers four new propulsion choices – including two all-new hybrids; standard hybrid targets best-in-class EPA-estimated range of more than 550 miles; plug-in hybrid targets a best-in-class EPA-estimated pure-electric range of 30+ miles.
Completely redesigned new 2020 Escape best offers four new propulsion choices – including two all-new hybrids; standard hybrid targets best-in-class EPA-estimated range of more than 550 miles; plug-in hybrid targets a best-in-class EPA-estimated pure-electric range of 30+ miles.

23. 2020 Ford Escape

  • Starting MSRP: $24,885

  • City mpg: 27

  • Highway mpg: 33

  • Combined mpg: 30

  • Safety rating: 19

  • 5-year depreciation: $14,321

2020 Honda CR-V Touring.
2020 Honda CR-V Touring.

22. 2020 Honda CR-V

  • Starting MSRP: $25,050

  • City mpg: 28

  • Highway mpg: 34

  • Combined mpg: 31

  • Safety rating: 19

  • 5-year depreciation: $14,416

2020 Ford Escape new hybrid car
2020 Ford Escape new hybrid car

21. 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid

  • Starting MSRP: $28,265

  • City mpg: 44

  • Highway mpg: 37

  • Combined mpg: 40.5

  • Safety rating: 19

  • 5-year depreciation: $16,267

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2020 Chevrolet Equinox.
2020 Chevrolet Equinox.

20. 2020 Chevrolet Equinox

  • Starting MSRP: $23,800

  • City mpg: 26

  • Highway mpg: 31

  • Combined mpg: 28.5

  • Safety rating: 19

  • 5-year depreciation: $13,697

2020 Mazda 6
2020 Mazda 6

19. 2020 Mazda Mazda6

  • Starting MSRP: $24,100

  • City mpg: 26

  • Highway mpg: 35

  • Combined mpg: 30.5

  • Safety rating: 19

  • 5-year depreciation: $13,870

2020 Volkswagen Golf
2020 Volkswagen Golf

18. 2020 Volkswagen Golf

  • Starting MSRP: $23,195

  • City mpg: 29

  • Highway mpg: 35

  • Combined mpg: 32

  • Safety rating: 18

  • 5-year depreciation: $13,349

2020 Optima.
2020 Optima.

17. 2020 Kia Optima

  • Starting MSRP: $23,390

  • City mpg: 24

  • Highway mpg: 32

  • Combined mpg: 28

  • Safety rating: 20

  • 5-year depreciation: $13,461

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2020 Hyundai Sonata
2020 Hyundai Sonata

16. 2020 Hyundai Sonata

  • Starting MSRP: $23,600

  • City mpg: 28

  • Highway mpg: 38

  • Combined mpg: 33

  • Safety rating: 19

  • 5-year depreciation: $13,582

2020 Mazda CX-30
2020 Mazda CX-30

15. 2020 Mazda CX-30

  • Starting MSRP: $21,900

  • City mpg: 25

  • Highway mpg: 33

  • Combined mpg: 29

  • Safety rating: 19

  • 5-year depreciation: $12,603

2020 Toyota Camry
2020 Toyota Camry

14. 2020 Toyota Camry

  • Starting MSRP: $24,425

  • City mpg: 29

  • Highway mpg: 41

  • Combined mpg: 35

  • Safety rating: 20

  • 5-year depreciation: $14,057

2020 Honda Accord Sport 2.
2020 Honda Accord Sport 2.

13. 2020 Honda Accord

  • Starting MSRP: $24,020

  • City mpg: 30

  • Highway mpg: 38

  • Combined mpg: 34

  • Safety rating: 20

  • 5-year depreciation: $13,824

2020 Hyundai Kona
2020 Hyundai Kona

12. 2020 Hyundai Kona

  • Starting MSRP: $20,300

  • City mpg: 27

  • Highway mpg: 33

  • Combined mpg: 30

  • Safety rating: 19

  • 5-year depreciation: $11,683

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11. 2020 Mazda Mazda3

  • Starting MSRP: $21,500

  • City mpg: 26

  • Highway mpg: 35

  • Combined mpg: 30.5

  • Safety rating: 20

  • 5-year depreciation: $12,373

2020 Soul X-Line.
2020 Soul X-Line.

10. 2020 Kia Soul

  • Starting MSRP: $17,490

  • City mpg: 27

  • Highway mpg: 33

  • Combined mpg: 30

  • Safety rating: 17

  • 5-year depreciation: $10,065

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid Sedan
2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid Sedan

9. 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid

  • Starting MSRP: $28,430

  • City mpg: 51

  • Highway mpg: 53

  • Combined mpg: 52

  • Safety rating: 20

  • 5-year depreciation: $16,361

2020 Honda Accord Hybrid.
2020 Honda Accord Hybrid.

8. 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid

  • Starting MSRP: $25,620

  • City mpg: 48

  • Highway mpg: 47

  • Combined mpg: 47.5

  • Safety rating: 20

  • 5-year depreciation: $14,744

2020 Kia Forte
2020 Kia Forte

7. 2020 Kia Forte

  • Starting MSRP: $17,890

  • City mpg: 31

  • Highway mpg: 41

  • Combined mpg: 36

  • Safety rating: 17

  • 5-year depreciation: $10,296

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2020 Honda Civic Sedan Touring.
2020 Honda Civic Sedan Touring.

6. 2020 Honda Civic

  • Starting MSRP: $20,650

  • City mpg: 30

  • Highway mpg: 38

  • Combined mpg: 34

  • Safety rating: 20

  • 5-year depreciation: $11,884

2020 Chevrolet Sonic.
2020 Chevrolet Sonic.

5. 2020 Chevrolet Sonic

  • Starting MSRP: $16,720

  • City mpg: 26

  • Highway mpg: 34

  • Combined mpg: 30

  • Safety rating: 19

  • 5-year depreciation: $9,622

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan

4. 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

  • Starting MSRP: $23,100

  • City mpg: 53

  • Highway mpg: 52

  • Combined mpg: 52.5

  • Safety rating: 19

  • 5-year depreciation: $13,294

2020 Honda Insight.
2020 Honda Insight.

3. 2020 Honda Insight

  • Starting MSRP: $22,930

  • City mpg: 55

  • Highway mpg: 49

  • Combined mpg: 52

  • Safety rating: 20

  • 5-year depreciation: $13,196

2019 Honda Fit.
2019 Honda Fit.

2. 2020 Honda Fit

  • Starting MSRP: $16,190

  • City mpg: 33

  • Highway mpg: 40

  • Combined mpg: 36.5

  • Safety rating: 19

  • 5-year depreciation: $9,317

2020 Toyota Yaris
2020 Toyota Yaris

1. 2020 Toyota Yaris

  • Starting MSRP: $15,650

  • City mpg: 32

  • Highway mpg: 40

  • Combined mpg: 36

  • Safety rating: 19

  • 5-year depreciation: $9,007

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Methodology: In order to find “boring” cars that are the best for your wallet, GOBankingRates looked at U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Car Rankings for 2020” data, excluding all cars in the “luxury” and “sports” categories. Once top-ranking models were identified, GOBankingRates found each car’s (1) starting MSRP from the manufacturer’s official website; (2) overall safety ranking out of 20 stars (overall, frontal crash, side crash, rollover) as sourced from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; and (3) combined (city and highway) miles per gallon for each vehicle as sourced from U.S. News & World Report data. Factors No. 1-3 were then scored and combined with the lowest score being best. Factor No. 1 was weighted three times and factor No. 2 was weighted 1/2 times in final calculations. For supplemental data, GOBankingRates used the Navy Federal Credit Union’s car depreciation calculator to determine five-year depreciation costs for each car. All data was collected on and is up to date as of June 15, 2020.

This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com: Why These ‘Boring’ Cars Are Great for Your Wallet