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Cars With the Best Resale Value

November 28, 2012

This week, ALG released a list of new vehicles with the highest projected resale values. This is an important factor to take into consideration, regardless of whether you plan to buy or lease your vehicle. This is because depreciation easily makes up the largest portion of your overall vehicle ownership costs.

Among mainstream brands, Honda ranked #1 for resale value, followed by Hyundai - which is very impressive considering it used to be ranked near the bottom as recently as 2007. Toyota, however, had the most vehicles chosen as #1 in their category (including Scion and Lexus).

Among premium brands, Acura ranked #1 followed by Infiniti and Audi. Check out the rest of the list below and make sure you use the free CarWoo Deal Finder when you're ready to get the best deal on your vehicle.

CategoryVehicle
Sub Compact CarHonda Fit
Compact CarHyundai Elantra
Midsize CarHonda Accord
Fullsize CarHyundai Azera
Sports CarScion FR-S
Alt-Fuel VehicleToyota Prius c
MinivanHonda Odyssey
Sub Compact Utility VehicleMINI Cooper Countryman
Compact Utility VehicleToyota FJ Cruiser
Midsize Utility VehicleHyundai Santa Fe Sport
Fullsize Utility VehicleToyota Sequoia
Midsize PickupToyota Tacoma
Fullsize PickupToyota Tundra
Premium Compact CarMINI Cooper
Premium Midsize CarMercedes-Benz C-Class
Premium Fullsize CarLexus GS 350
Premium ExecutiveLexus LS 460
Premium Sports CarPorsche 911 Carrera
Premium Alt-Fuel VehicleMercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTEC
Premium Compact Utility VehicleAcura RDX
Premium Midsize Utility VehicleAudi Q7
Premium Fullsize Utility VehicleToyota Land Cruiser

Mainstream Brand Rankings
1Honda
2Hyundai
3Scion
4Subaru
5Mazda
6Toyota
7Nissan
8Kia
9Volkswagen
10Mitsubishi
11Ford
12Dodge
13Buick
14GMC
15Chevrolet
Premium Brand Rankings
1Acura
2Infiniti
3Audi
4Lexus
5Mercedes-Benz
6BMW
7Cadillac
8Porsche
9Volvo
10Lincoln

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar No-Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.

California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- Gregg Fidan

Gregg Fidan

About: Gregg Fidan


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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