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15 Cars That Hold Their Resale Value

Unlike a home, a car isn’t
an investment and it will lose value every year. Of course, how much value your
vehicles loses depends on the type of car you buy. Some brands and vehicle
types retain their value better than others which means you can expect a higher
resale value later when it’s time to trade it in or sell it. Non-luxury
vehicles tend to retain value better than luxury vehicles for the obvious
reason: most people who can afford luxury vehicles buy them new, not used.
In terms of non-luxury
brands, Subaru vehicles hold their value better than others. Subaru has won
many Best Resale Value Awards over the last decade including the 2015 Best
Resale Value Award from Kelley Blue Book. If you do buy a luxury brand, Lexus
is the best bet for retaining your resale value. Lexus tends to offer more
features per dollar than other luxury brands and it’s been named the Best Luxury
Brand for Resale by KBB five years running.
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The Toyota Tacoma is the true resale value king: both Kelley
Blue Book and NADA consistently rank it as one of the top three vehicles for
resale of any vehicle type. The Toyota Tacoma midsize truck has an expected
resale value of 73% of its original sticker price after 36 months and almost
62% at five years, according to Kelley Blue Book. NADA also ranks it as the
number one vehicle for resale. In 2015, the Tacoma beat the number two ranked
vehicle — the Jeep Wrangler — by 5% after three years and 1.5% after five

In 2015, Toyota won’s Best Retained Value Award in
the non-luxury division with a projected 52% residual value after five years.
The 2015 Tacoma was named the best midsize truck for resale value by and the latest model, which has been fully redesigned, is expected
to maintain the same resale value as its predecessor.
The compact Jeep Wrangler has been a classic since its
introduction in 1987 and it’s one of the most recognizable vehicles in the
world. The Jeep Wrangler has remained the most affordable and popular
off-roading vehicle for almost thirty years. According to Kelley Blue Book, the
Wrangler is projected to retain 68% of its value after 36 months and 55% after
5 years of ownership which makes it one of the top ten vehicles for value
The Wrangler is consistently voted as a top choice for value
retention: in 2014, Autobytel named it as one of the top 10 Vehicles with the
Best Resale Value. In 2015, Vincentric also named the Jeep Wrangler as the Best
Value in America for a Compact/Mid-Size SUV.
Subaru is the leader in affordable vehicles with niche appeal
and high resale values. In 2015, the brand was named the top non-luxury brand
for resale by Kelley Blue Book. Among all vehicles, the Subaru WRX was named
the 7th best for value retention, retaining more than 65% of its value after
three years and almost 51% of its value after five years. The WRX retains its
value better than any other compact sports car on the market, a secret that
Subaru performance enthusiasts have known for years. The WRX was one of 15
vehicles to win the Best Resale Award in 2015: the Subaru WRX won among cars
priced between $25,000 and $30,000.
Why is the Subaru WRX such a leader in value retention? This is
because it’s the most affordable all-wheel-drive sports car available and it
offers all-around value for your money with a well-equipped starting price of
$26,295 in 2015.
The Honda Fit won the 2016 Best Resale Award for a Sub-Compact
Car by Kelley Blue Book. The Honda Fit stands out not only for its resale value
but also its practical design and fuel economy of 33 city/41 highway mpg. The
Fit’s Magic Seat gives rear passengers more room than in many midsize sedans
and it can practically turn into a moving van when the rear seats are folded
down. The Fit received a Top Safety Pick in 2015 from the Insurance Institute
for Highway Safety and it includes many features that you pay extra for with
other brands such as the standard rearview camera.
Starting at just $16,500, the Honda Fit retains more than 67% of
its value after 36 months and 49% after 60 months. Kiplinger’s also named the
Fit as the Best New Car under $20,000 for resale value. The Honda Fit beat out
the Toyota Yaris and the Scion iA.
Lexus consistently wins quality awards, customer surveys, and
data analysis studies. Over the last few years, the brand has also dominated
resale value awards. The Lexus IS offers excellent performance, unsurpassed
quality, style, high-end features, and a reputation for owner satisfaction.
For the third year in a row, the IS was given the Best Resale
Award by Kiplinger’s in 2015.
The Lexus IS retains 63% of its value after 3 years and 45% after five years.
While this may not seem very impressive, it’s far ahead of other luxury brands,
beating out the BMW 3-Series for resale value. The Lexus IS is also competing
in the already crowded market of entry-level luxury sedans which makes its win
that much more impressive.
The Subaru Impreza manages to beat out competitors like the
Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic with its excellent value retention. The
Impreza is a big part of the reason Subaru claimed the Best Brand award in
Kelley Blue Book’s 2016 Best Resale Value Awards. The Impreza is the most
affordable all-wheel-drive vehicle on the market, a feature that comes standard
and gives you a sense of confidence no matter the weather conditions.
Kelley Blue Book awards the Impreza with a Best Resale Award
because it retains more than 57% of its value after 36 months and more than 43%
after 5 years of ownership. With a starting price of about $19,000, the Impreza
was rated the best in retention among all compact cars on the market.

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