One of the best things you can do before buying a new car (or even "new to you") is to research the reoccurring costs such as fuel and maintenance. Because the last thing you want to have happen is end up with a lemon whose scheduled (or unscheduled) maintenance services sucks the money out of your pockets. So here's the top ten lowest maintenance cars to help keep your money safe in your hands, and not the hands of the mechanic.

Top 10 Lowest Maintenance Cars

  1. 2010 Nissan Frontier
    Sticker price: $20,690 - $26,840
    5-year maintenance cost: $1,350
    Fuel economy: 14 MPG city/ 19 MPG highway
  2. 2010 Chevrolet Avalanche
    Sticker price: $35,725 - $48,865
    5-year maintenance cost: $1,343
    Fuel economy: 11 MPG city/ 16 MPG highway
  3. 2010 Saab 9-3X
    Sticker price: $36,975
    5-year maintenance cost: $1,326
    Fuel economy: 19 MPG city/ 27 MPG highway
  4. 2010 Chevrolet Malibu
    Sticker price: $21,825 - $26,955
    5-year maintenance cost: $1,319
    Fuel economy: 22 MPG city/ 30 MPG highway
  5. 2010 Honda Civic
    Sticker price: $16,255 - $23,800
    5-year maintenance cost: $1,270
    Fuel economy: 26 MPG city/ 34 MPG highway
  6. 2010 Honda Fit
    Sticker price: $15,700 - $17,260
    5-year maintenance cost: $1,245
    Fuel economy: 28 MPG city/ 35 MPG highway
  7. 2009 Saab 9-7x
    Sticker price: $42,615 - $49,105
    5-year maintenance cost: $1,214
    Fuel economy: 14 MPG city/ 20 MPG highway
  8. 2009 Saab 9-3
    Sticker price: $30,360 - $51,330
    5-year maintenance cost: $1,183
    Fuel economy: 19 MPG city/ 29 MPG highway
  9. 2010 Saab 9-3
    Sticker price: $28,900 - $45,080
    5-year maintenance cost: $1,182
    Fuel economy: 21 MPG city/ 31 MPG highway
  10. 2010 MINI Cooper
    Sticker price: $18,800 - $34,000
    5-year maintenance cost: $1,160
    Fuel economy: 28 MPG city/ 36 MPG highway

You can see the full report here.