These Cars Have the Best Resale Value

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Resale Value

Resale value is a big factor when choosing a vehicle. Cars and trucks that do relatively well at trade-in time can reward their owners with hundreds of extra dollars vs. ones that do poorly.So, which are the best picks for buyers today?

According to Kelley Blue Book, Lexus and Subaru are the overall resale champions among auto makers, in the luxury and mainstream categories, respectively. But they are by no means the best choices for every buyer.

In terms of vehicle types, trucks and SUVs tend to do better on resale value than cars do. This trend seems to have gained some strength in recent months, as gas prices have fallen.

But let’s look at the top picks by category:

  • Subcompact Car:  Honda Fit
  • Plug-in Vehicle: Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid
  • Compact Car:  Subaru Impreza
  • Compact SUV/Crossover:  Jeep Wrangler
  • Sporty Compact Car: Subaru WRX
  • Mid-Size SUV/Crossover:  Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • Mid-Size Car:  Subaru Legacy
  • Full Size SUV/Crossover: Chevrolet Suburban
  • Full-Size Car: Dodge Charger
  • Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover: Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
  • Entry-Level Luxury Car:  Lexus RC 350
  • Luxury Mid-Size SUV/Crossover:  Lexus GX 460
  • Luxury Car: Lexus GS 350
  • Luxury Full-Size SUV/Crossover:  Lexus LX 570
  • High-End Luxury Car: Lexus LS 460
  • Hybrid SUV/Crossover: Lexus RX 450h
  • Sports Car:  Chevrolet Camaro V6
  • Mid-Size Pickup Truck:  Toyota Tacoma
  • High Performance Car: Chevrolet Corvette
  • Full-Size Pickup Truck:  Toyota Tundra
  • Hybrid/Alternative Energy Car: Toyota Camry Hybrid
  • Minivan/Van:  Toyota Sienna


And here are KBB’ top 10 cars for resale value in 2015:

  • Chevrolet Colorado
  • Honda CR-V
  • Chevrolet Silverado
  • Jeep Wrangler
  • Ford F-150
  • Toyota Tacoma
  • GMC Canyon
  • Toyota Tundra
  • GMC Sierra
  • Toyota 4Runner


Keep in mind that the difference in resale value between #1 and #2 usually isn’t that great. Few automakers are building lemons these days, and you must weigh the purchase deal you are offered against anticipated resale value. But it certainly doesn’t hurt to choose the resale value champ in whichever vehicle category you are shopping in.

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