2018 Honda Accord Awards

Cost to Own

Buying a new vehicle is one of the biggest purchases you can make and your West Michigan Honda Dealers want to help you make an informed decision. If you’re in the market for a midsize sedan, you have probably researched the segment’s top models like the 2018 Ford Fusion, 2018 Hyundai Sonata, 2018 Kia Optima, 2018 Nissan Altima, 2018 Toyota Camry, and of course, the award-winning 2018 Honda Accord. With so many great options to choose from, why should car buyers put the 2018 Accord at the top of their lists?

When most car shoppers set out to buy a new automobile, it’s safe to say their primary concern is the sticker price. However, since your vehicle is a long-term investment, it’s important to look beyond the MSRP and calculate the cost to own. So what does “cost to own” actually mean? A simple formula can determine the true value of a vehicle: depreciation + out of pocket expenses = your cost to own.

Vehicle Depreciation

  • Mileage
  • Type of Miles (City Versus Highway)
  • Brand Reputation
  • Exterior Color
  • Wear and Tear
  • Interior Cleanliness

Out of Pocket Expenses

  • Fuel Economy
  • Regular Maintenance
  • Repair Costs
  • Financing
  • Car Insurance
  • State Fees

Naturally, there is some overlap between depreciation and out of pocket expenses, but the bulleted items above are the main factors used to calculate a vehicle’s residual value—other variables like comfort, equipment, and tech features will come into play as well. Join us as we explore depreciation forecasts, the types of out of pocket expenses, and how the 2018 Honda Accord LX was named the Lowest 5-Year Cost to Own by KBB.com (Kelley Blue Book) in the midsize sedan category.

Honda Accord 2018 KBB.com Lowest 5-Year Cost to Own in West Michigan

Vehicle Depreciation

For almost 50 years, ALG has been the industry standard for successfully predicting residual value that is relied upon by auto manufacturers and lending institutions throughout the United States and Canada. After comparing the base trim of the most popular midsize sedans, ALG depreciation forecasts for March 2018 show the Honda Accord LX retains the highest percentage of MSRP after both 36 and 60 months.^

2018 March ALG Residual Value Percentages

Out of Pocket Expenses

Estimating your out of pocket expenses is a crucial part of determining the cost to own—just remember, where you live will influence everything from gas prices and car insurance to auto financing rates and vehicle registration fees.

Cost to Own - Fuel Economy

Fuel Economy

Great fuel economy is a must for today’s modern driver; however, car shoppers will often times sacrifice power for efficiency. Luckily, the 2018 Honda Accord LX not only produces up to 192 horsepower, but it also achieves a remarkable, EPA-estimated 30 mpg city and 38 mpg highway.1 Fuel economy can be one of the biggest factors when it comes to determining cost to own. Click here to see how the top midsize sedans stack up.

Cost to Own - Maintenance


In September of 2017, Clark.com (a byproduct of Clark Howard and his consumer advocacy efforts) shared data from YourMechanic.com that listed the most and least expensive vehicles to maintain. Based on estimates of total maintenance over a 10-year time period, Honda was ranked 27th out of 30 brands. Notably, Ford, Kia, Chevrolet, Subaru, and Hyundai were more costly to maintain, all ranking in the top 20.

Cost to Own - Repair Costs

Repair Costs

Unexpected car expenses are never fun, and major automotive repairs can have an adverse effect on your vehicle’s residual value. Recent results from CarMD’s 2017 Vehicle Health Index show Acura to be the least likely to require an “engine repair check” over the past year, while Honda and Toyota rounded out the top three, respectively.

Cost to Own - Insurance

Car Insurance

Premiums can vary for many different reasons, but one undeniable truth is insurance companies love safe vehicles. Thanks in part to standard equipped Honda Sensing technologies, the 2018 Honda Accord Sedan LX earned 5-Star Ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in every single crash test category,2 leaving competitors like the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu, 2018 Ford Fusion, and 2018 Nissan Altima to play catch up.

Cost to Own - State Fees

State Fees

State fees include license, registration, and a state’s sales tax. When it comes to registration, some states assess a flat fee, while others use metrics such as fuel economy, the vehicle’s age, or the gross weight of the automobile. If you are unfamiliar with the criteria used by your state to calculate registration fees, visit the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) to learn more.

Cost to Own - APR Financing


Assuming 15,000 miles per year and 3.14% APR with a 10% down payment, the 2018 Honda Accord LX topped all midsize sedans for the Lowest 5-Year Cost to Own according to KBB.com. Using the formula of depreciation + out of pocket expenses, the 2018 Accord LX had a best in class 5-year cost to own, edging out the 2018 Subaru Legacy, 2018 Hyundai Sonata, 2018 Toyota Camry, and other sought after brands.

Lowest Cost to Own

The bottom line: knowing the cost to own before you buy will help save you money in the long run. With an outstanding residual value after both three and five years, and less overall out of pocket expenses than its midsize competitors, the 2018 Honda Accord Sedan is a smart investment. Visit any West Michigan Honda Dealers location today to explore the six different trim levels, learn about current incentives, and test drive the 2018 North American Car of the Year, the 2018 Honda Accord Sedan.

2018 Honda Accord Sedan LX

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* Vehicles’ projected resale value is specific to the 2018 model year.

** $23,570 MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, $895.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set their own prices.

† KBB.com. Visit https://www.kbb.com/new-cars/total-cost-of-ownership/ for more information.

^ Residual values based on Automotive Lease Guide, 2009.
Residual values calculated using 15,000 miles annually.
Cost of Ownership and 5-Year Maintenance and Repair Costs source:
2009 IntelliChoice, Inc., www.intellichoice.com
Intellichoice 2009 model year shown.
Residual values as of 3/6/2018.

The contents of this report are from reliable sources, but are not warranted or guaranteed in any way. You are advised to check with each manufacturer or its representatives as the final authority on its products.

[1] Based on EPA ratings. Use for comparison only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition (for hybrid vehicles) and other factors. [2] Starting with 2011 models, NHTSA has introduced tougher tests and rigorous new 5-Star Safety Ratings that provide more information about vehicle safety and crash avoidance technologies. Because of the more stringent tests, ratings for 2011 and newer vehicles should not be compared to ratings for 1990-2010 models. Overall vehicle score and frontal crash ratings should ONLY be compared to other vehicles of similar size and weight. For more information go to www.safercar.gov.

Car and Driver, January 2018.
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