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Cars With the Best Resale Values

November 27, 2014

When purchasing a brand new car, there's a lot of things to consider beyond the sticker price -- size, safety, fuel efficiency, how it handles during a test drive. One thing that a lot of car buyers forget to factor in is the potential resale value of the vehicle. In other words, if you were to sell or trade in this car in a few years, how much of its original value would still be there?

Figuring this out can be a bit confusing as not every vehicle depreciates at the same rate. To help, Cars.com recently released their list of car manufacturers with the best resale value, spotlighting 2015 models across 26 different segments. These are all vehicles that should keep the largest percentage of their retail price after three years.

For the overall winners, Toyota was named the best Mainstream Brand with five vehicles on the list, including the Prius v, Highlander, 4Runner, Tacoma, and Tundra. And Land Rover was named best Premium Brand. Below is the full list of winners by segment.

For even more savings on these high resale value vehicles, I recommend you get pricing from TrueCar No Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise.

CategoryWinner
Mainstream BrandToyota
Premium BrandLand Rover
Subcompact CarHonda Fit
Compact CarMazda Mazda3
Midsize CarSubaru Legacy
Full-Size CarDodge Charger
Sports CarSubaru WRX
Alt-Fuel VehicleToyota Prius v
MinivanHonda Odyssey
SUVMini Countryman
Compact Utility VehicleHonda CR-V
Midsize Utility Vehicle – 2 RowSubaru Outback
Midsize Utility Vehicle – 3 RowToyota Highlander
Full-Size Utility VehicleChevrolet Tahoe
Off-Road Utility VehicleToyota 4Runner
Midsize PickupToyota Tacoma
Full-Size PickupToyota Tundra
Midsize Commercial VanFord Transit Connect
Full-Size Commercial VanMercedes-Benz Sprinter
Premium Compact CarMini Hardtop
Premium Midsize CarLexus IS
Premium Full-Size CarHyundai Genesis
Premium Executive CarPorsche Panamera
Premium Sports CarAudi TT
Premium Compact Utility VehiclePorsche Macan
Premium Midsize Utility Vehicle – 2 RowLand Rover Range Rover Sport
Premium Midsize Utility Vehicle – 3 RowLexus GX
Premium Full-Size Utility VehicleToyota Land Cruiser

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar, Edmunds, and 1-800 Car Show 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.
- Gregg Fidan

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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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