Nearly all vehicles start to depreciate the moment they leave the dealership, but the differences between the cars that lose the least value and those that depreciate the most can be surprising. For instance, while the average new vehicle will fall in value by about 20 percent after its first year on the road, others can easily see depreciation rates that are twice that high — or higher.
If you typically rely on a trade-in when purchasing a new vehicle, this difference will have a noticeable impact the next time you go shopping. What’s not always obvious is which current cars are the best bets for holding onto their value. After surveying the top online resources for vehicle de-valuation data, we’ve found some unexpected choices for today’s gallery.