When you are deciding on a new car, a number of factors and choices run through your mind: what color should I get it in? Do I want more power or better fuel economy? Automatic or manual transmission? Cloth or leather? One item that often gets overlooked by many buyers, however, is resale value. Basically, how much is my car worth when I decide to sell it in 'x' amount of years. Some vehicles hold their value steadily, while others see their sink drop like a stone.
Being your lifetime automotive advisor, we decided to pick the ten vehicles who have the best resale value in their respective classes. To figure which vehicles make the cut, we looked at data from Kelly Blue Book, which keeps track of resale values. Specially, we looked into the resale value after three years.
10 Vehicles With The Best Resale Value: Nissan Versa
Not only is the Nissan Versa the cheapest vehicle you can buy in the U.S., it also happens to be one of the best subcompact vehicles to keep its resale value. Kelly Blue Book says the Versa will retain 58.3 percent of its value if you decide to sell it in three years. Not bad for a vehicle with a starting pricetag of $11,990 ($13,990 for the Versa Note hatchback). Throw in a very roomy back seat, the available AroundView monitor system, and getting 40 miles to gallon the highway, and we can see how the Versa can be a good value both when you buy and when you sell.
10 Vehicles With The Best Resale Value: Subaru Impreza
Love, it's what makes a Subaru, a Subaru. You know what also makes a Subaru? Impressive resale value. Case in point is the Subaru Impreza. Not only is it the only vehicle in the compact class you can get with all-wheel drive, Kelly Blue Book says the model will hold onto 63.5 percent of its value. Add in the availability of a hatchback, impressive fuel economy (27 City/36 Highway), and improved handling thanks to the Boxer-Four engine, and you have a real winner. Pricing starts at $17,895 for the sedan, and $18,395 for the hatchback.
10 Vehicles With The Best Resale Value: Honda Accord
Want a vehicle that can seemingly do everything well? Well, how about the Honda Accord? The midsize sedan and coupe come in a variety of trim levels, the choice of either a four-cylinder, V6, and hybrid powertrains; different transmission options, good fuel economy numbers, and a nice balance between comfort and sporty-ness. Another plus is how much you'll make back when you decide to sell your Accord. Consider this: Kelly Blue Book says that in three years, the Accord will retain 60.9 percent of its original value. The Accord starts at $21,860 for the sedan, $23,625 for the coupe, $29,155 for the hybrid, and $39,780 for the plug-in hybrid.
10 Vehicles With The Best Resale Value: Lexus IS
Dreaming of an entry-level luxury vehicle that comes with an excellent resale value? How about the Lexus IS? The Japanese automaker has made a number of changes for the third-generation model including a new radical exterior design, a driver-focused interior layout, and the introduction of the F-Sport package which makes the IS a real treat for the driver. The cherry on top is that the IS will retain 64 percent of its value in three-years time. Not bad for an excellent alternative to the BMW 3-Series. The IS begins at $36,100 for IS 250, $36,595 for the IS 250 F-Sport, $39,615 for the IS 350, and $43,585 for the IS 350 F-Sport.
10 Vehicles With The Best Resale Value: Audi A7
Is it possible to have amazing looks and practicality in a luxury car? In the case of the Audi A7, the answer is a resounding yes! The A7 is quite the looker with sleek lines and a coupe-like roofline that flows into a hatchback. Inside, there is more than enough space for four people and their luggage. An added bonus for the A7 is the variety of powertrains offered. You can get an A7 with a supercharged 3.0L V6, a V6 TDI which delivers excellent fuel economy, or two different V8 engines which give the A7 impressive performance. Wrap that up with the model keeping 61 percent of its original value after three years, and its easy to see why we picked the A7. The A7 begins at $64,500.
10 Vehicles With The Best Resale Value: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
We all know that the latest Chevrolet Corvette Stingray offers the best bang for your buck in the sports car marketplace. With a base price of $53,000, that nets you a V8 capable of hitting 60 MPH in 3.8 seconds and achieving 29 MPG on the highway. There's also a number of packages which improve the handling and performance of the Stingray, such as Z51 performance suspension and seats that include space for a racing harness. Plus, the Corvette Stingray is expected to retain 67.5 percent of its original value in three years time. Yep, you can have your cake and eat it too with the Stingray.
10 Vehicles With The Best Resale Value: Jeep Wrangler
Ask someone to think of an iconic American vehicle and more often then not, the Jeep Wrangler comes to mind. With a legacy that stretches back to World War II, the Wrangler has a history that few vehicles can match. Another item that few vehicles can even attempt to match with the Wrangler is its ability to go anywhere without breaking a sweat thanks to a choice of different off-road systems, sturdy frame, and generous ground clearance. An added bonus is the variety of trims that anyone from a college graduate to a person who wants the ultimate off-road vehicle can afford. Kelly Blue Book says that in three years, the Wrangler will keep 68.3 percent of its original value. The Wrangler begins at $22,395.
10 Vehicles With The Best Resale Value: Hyundai Santa Fe
Looking for something that has great resale value and can carry your family in comfort? The Hyundai Santa Fe fits the bill. The seven-seat crossover is the larger of the two Santa Fe models and comes with the choice of either six or seven seats. Features include leather, three-zone climate control, heated and cooled seats, panoramic sunroof, and much more. The best part? Kelly Blue Book says the Santa Fe will keep around 58.5 percent of its original value in three years time. The Santa Fe starts at $29,900.
10 Vehicles With The Best Resale Value: Toyota Sienna
The Toyota Sienna not only is the only minivan in its class to offer all-wheel drive, it also happens to be the biggest as well. Consider this: when the third row is folded and the second row removed, the Sienna boasts 150 cubic feet of cargo space. That is larger than any other minivan in the class. There is also a lot of comfort in the Sienna with second row passengers being able to slide back and forth to maximize legroom, and certain models getting a folding ottoman. The Sienna also happens to be the best in resale value with Kelly Blue Book reporting that in three years time, the Sienna will retain 58.6 percent of its original value. The Sienna starts at $26,920.
10 Vehicles With The Best Resale Value: Toyota Tacoma
If there's one type of vehicle that tends to have the best resale value, that would be the pickup truck. Consider the Toyota Tacoma. According the Kelly Blue Book, the Tacoma is projected to retain 73.4 percent of its original value in three years time. But that isn't the only plus to the Tacoma. Toyota offers a variety of cab styles, engine choices, and trim levels to suit your needs. So you can get a two-wheel drive work truck with a four-cylinder, all the way to a V6 off-road special with a crew cab. The Tacoma starts at $18,125.