On the other hand, AAA's average is based a "Chevrolet Cavalier LS, a mid-size Ford Taurus SEL and a full-size Mercury Grand Marquis LS." The Cavalier lists at about $16,000. The Taurus lists at about $23,000. The Mercury lists at about $30,000. But, the BMW X-5 goes for about $50,000. If the price is twice as much, insurance and depreciation will be twice as much. Gas consumption will also be higher. It might well cost $1.00 or so to drive a new X-5 a single mile; that's still 1/3 lower than my original estimate.
3WN regrets its original poor research and bad estimates.