Year One: The 2015 Subaru Legacy's First-Year Ownership Cost

The price on the window sticker doesn't tell the whole story.

A car is an expensive thing to own. And the costs of ownership don't stop once you've settled on financing; between insurance, gas, and maintenance, you might end up spending several thousand dollars per year above and beyond the checks you send to the bank. In order to give you an idea of what these costs might be, we've compiled a list of additional expenses that owners are likely to encounter during their first year of vehicle ownership.

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Bang for Your Buck: 2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited

Checking out a new car's competition from the used-car market.

It's no surprise that buyers often compare both new and used cars. For a given price point, the market for potential cars explodes once you start looking away from new cars alone. Yes, you might give up the warranty, but if you're looking for something unique, used cars provide a good value ... provided you pick the right one. Bang for Your Buck takes a look at five used cars you could get with the money you'd spend on the new car we've tested recently - running the gamut from sensible to silly.

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Lincoln's "Black Label" Recaptures the Brand's Exclusivity

Delivering high-class services with a palatable price tag.

Are you sick of the media and everybody else casting doubt upon the value of domestic luxury brands when compared to their European counterparts? Lincoln sure is, and the automaker is determined to show that upper-echelon American brands can bring a level of luxury to the market that most would associate with high-end cars from Germany, England, or Italy. Its ambitious program is called Black Label, and for a surprisingly low amount of money, you can feel like a king.

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Engine Check Thyself: OnStar Brings Diagnostics On-Board

OnStar will be used to warn you of potential issues.

Of all the technology in all the history of automotive travel, none has been more useless than the "check engine" light. This so-vague-it's-useless warning signal is meant to alert you to serious engine trouble, but it has come to be the default warning for any malfunction, from a loss of compression to an improperly screwed-on filler cap.

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Volvo Sets Ambitious Sales Goal

Swedish brand hopes to save its place in the U.S. market.

Volvo is a brand in trouble, at least here in America. The Swedish automaker has had a hard time gaining ground in the United States, despite the fact that it's been selling cars here since the 1950s, and have gained a well-deserved reputation for making the safest cars on the road.

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Which Cars Have the Best Resale Value?

ALG Residual Value Awards rank the cars that depreciate least.

One of the worst things about buying a new car is thinking about depreciation: the fact that your brand new, many-thousand-dollar car loses nearly 20 percent of its value the second you drive it off the lot. Most people choose simply to not think about depreciation when deciding which car to buy.

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