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New Cars With the Best Resale Values

June 20, 2013

When buying a new car, it's smart to choose ones that are going to retain their value, so when it comes time to sell, you get to keep more of your hard-earned dollars. According to Edmunds.com's third annual Best Retained Value Awards, Jeep and Acura took top honors when it comes to resale value, .

The awards recognizes the brands and new car models that have the highest projected residual values after five years based on their average True Market Value (TMV) price when sold new.

Jeep won in the non-luxury division with a projected 50.6% residual value after five years, while Acura won in the luxury division with a projected five-year residual value of 45.1%. Additionally, Edmunds.com also gives out model-level awards in 22 different categories. For those, Ford and Toyota tied for the most awards with four each.

The following is a full list of the 22 model-level winners and their projected five-year retained value. Considering purchasing one of these vehicles? Don't forget to use use the free CarWoo Deal Finder to get the biggest discounts.

CategoryMakeModel Projected Retained Value
Compact TruckToyotaTacoma60.2%
Convertible Under $35,000FordMustang48.3%
Convertible $35K-$45KChevroletCamaro46.6%
Convertible Over $45KFordShelby GT50048.4%
Coupe Under $25,000HondaCivic49.9%
Coupe $25K-$35KDodgeChallenger54.5%
Coupe $35K-$45KBMW3 Series45.2%
Coupe Over $45,000ChevroletCorvette49.6%
HybridToyotaPrius47.4%
Large Light Duty TruckChevroletSilverado 150054.5%
Large Heavy Duty TruckGMCSierra 3500HD52.7%
Sedan Under $20,000FordFocus54.4%
Sedan $20K-$30KHondaCivic50.9%
Sedan $30K-$40KDodgeCharger47.8%
Sedan Over $40KPorschePanamera43.6%
SUV Under $25,000NissanRogue48.2%
SUV $25K-$35KJeepWrangler56.5%
SUV $35K-$45KToyota4Runner51.1%
SUV Over $45,000LexusLX 57050.5%
VansHondaOdyssey44.3%
Wagon Under $35,000ToyotaVenza48.9%
Wagon Over $35,000FordFlex43.4%

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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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