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2012 Models with the Highest Resale Values

November 24, 2011

If you're planning on either leasing a car or trading it in after only 5 or 6 years, you need to seriously consider its resale value (also called residual value).

The most expensive part of owning a car is this depreciation cost. Most vehicles lose half their value in only 3 years, which means on a $30,000 purchase you'll lose about $400 per month in depreciation - ouch!

To help you select a vehicle with good resale value, you should check out the results from the just-released "2012 Best Resale Value Awards" from Kelly Blue Book, one of the leading car pricing guides.

The results show that Toyota and Lexus as a whole produce cars that retain their value the best.

It also shows that the SUVs and trucks tend to hold their value a little better than passenger vehicles.

Here are the top 10 cars with the best resale value according to KBB:

RankModel36 months60 months
1 2012 Jeep Wrangler 68.0% 55.0%
2 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser 67.0% 50.0%
3 2012 Toyota Tacoma 64.0% 49.0%
4 2012 Hyundai Tucson 64.3% 45.3%
5 2012 Audi Q7 63.3% 44.3%
6 2012 Infiniti FX 58.0% 44.0%
7 2012 Honda CR-V 60.3% 43.5%
8 2012 Lexus RX 64.0% 43.0%
9 2012 Nissan Frontier 56.2% 42.8%
10 2012 Chevrolet Camaro 57.0% 42.2%


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Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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