That's because future resale value — called residual value in leasing — is one of the primary factors in determining monthly lease payments.
The higher the residual value, the lower the lease payment.
Any vehicle whose resale value after 3 years is 55% or more of its MSRP is a good lease choice.
Kelly Blue Book's Best Resale Value Awards lists those expected to retain the highest percentage of original list price — which means they're a good choice for lease or purchase.
Highlights from the list:
|Best Sub-Compact||Honda Fit|
|Best Compact||MINI Cooper|
|Best Mid-Size||Honda Accord|
|Best Full-Size||Ford Taurus|
|Best Wagon||Subaru Outback|
|Best Sports Car||Subaru Impreza WRX|
|Best High-Performance Car||Ford Mustang|
|Best Compact Utility Vehicle||Honda CR-V|
|Best Mid-Size Utility Vehicle||Toyota FJ Cruiser|
|Best Full-Size Utility Vehicle||GMC Acadia|
|Best Van||Toyota Sienna|
|Best Luxury Car||Audi A5|
|Best Full-Size Pickup||Ford F-Series Super Duty|