It’s no secret that cars lose their value rapidly, especially today, with the market moving faster than ever. Most folks know that after being three years on the road a model drops in price heavily – almost to half and to third after five years. That’s the general rule, but not a hard-and-true one. And some cars – the lucky ones – don’t really seem to be affected by the market rules. You gotta consider your options and even if you’ll have to pay additional bucks at the purchase it’s often beneficial to buy a vehicle that will hold its resale value better after 3, 5, 10 and more years. And when it comes to selling it, you won’t lose as much money as you would have with the next car in the segment. So, today my job is to tell you guys about the current models in the industry that best hold (retain is the right term) their value. This is partially a prediction, as nobody can tell you for sure whether a certain model will be in big demand after 5 to 10 years. But, given the fact that the majority of experts in the industry agree with me, this is a pretty accurate list. I’ve got 9 cars for you, representing 9 segments.
#1 Resale Of Mid-Size Sedans – Subaru Legacy
Yeah, I know, Toyota’s Camry used to be the leader in this segment, and Honda’s Accord was the closest second. However, as it turns out, Subaru (another Japanese company) managed to outrun the “friendly” giants and landed at the #1 spot. The two do have great resale values, but still not as great as the Legacy. And even though it’s not a performance stud with a mighty powertrain and a roaring engine like, say, the Subaru WRX, it still comes standard with AWD (all-wheel drive), which makes it a perfect sedan for riding on high hills and mountain roads and/or in any part of the world that’s got tons of snow during winter and tons of rain during autumn. True, there are a lot of AWD luxury midsize sedans on the market, but the majority of the low-budget family-oriented sedans are equipped with FWD (front-wheel drive) only.
#2 Resale Of Full-Size Sedans – Toyota Avalon
Despite the fact that the full-size sedan market is not nearly as popular as that of the mid-sizers, there’s plenty of competition and a lot of solid models. And the Toyota Avalon is the car with the best resale value, with no exceptions. You’ve got a top-notch interior with super-cozy seats, plenty of room to go around, high-quality materials, all the latest technical equipment and safety tech, a super-refined ride and solid noise-reduction, plus quite an average performance – that’s almost like a luxury-class material, not an affordable full-size sedan. In combination with Toyota’s trademark reliability, durability and safety the Avalon turns out to be the best offer out there when it comes to large sedans and folks are ready to pay additional dollars for it on the market of pre-owned cars.
#3 – Resale Of Subcompact Cars – Honda Fit
Actually, this one’s a no-brainer: first of all, you’ve got the Honda-special superb reputation for reliability and durability, second of all, the Fit stands its ground for being one of the most cargo capacity-generous models in the segment thanks to the folding back seats. This vehicle’s biggest rival is, of course, Toyota’s Yaris (notice how these two are always at each other’s throat, be it the Fit vs the Yaris or the Accord vs the Camry or the CR-V vs the RAV4); however, if you take into consideration the simple fact that the Honda baby is 25 Horses stronger and still offers better fuel-efficiency, it will be more than obvious why the customers prefer it over Toyota’s model and are willing to pay extra for a pre-owned Fit.
#4 – Resale Of Compact Cars – Subaru WRX
This is the second vehicle from Subaru in this list, and that says a lot about the company’s successful campaign of taking over the middle class-friendly markets. Back in the day they used to make this off road-ready models that were quite clumsy in the civilized world. Well, now they finally learned how to appeal to the regular consumers. I still gotta say that not a lot of customers looking for a solid compact car will instantly pick the Subaru vehicle. But that doesn’t make it any less good. To the right owner a pre-owned WRX is a golden pony. Fresh outta the dealership this model is arguably the greatest fun-to-drive car that’s available for less than 30K and the healthy mix of performance and utility automatically makes it a very popular pick. The closest rival is Ford’s Fiesta ST which lacks the WRX’s standard-level AWD.
#5 – Resale Of Muscle Cars – Dodge Challenger
Believe me, I was surprised to learn that the world-famous Mustang does not have the best resale value among muscle cars just as much as you are. But facts are facts, you can’t go against them. And while the Ford beast is right in the middle of all the muscle car-related news, and we’ve got the brand-new redesigned Chevrolet Camaro getting back into the industry this year, the Dodge Challenger holds the #1 spot in this segment. The funny part is, folks know about the mightier elder brother, the Hellcat, a lot more than about this one. But apparently if you stick with the same old design for years and introduce only minor fixes and updates throughout the countless generations you’ll get an unexpected respect from the pre-owned cars buyers. So, there you have it: Dodge Challenger – the best resale value.
#6 – Resale Of Sports Cars – Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
The brand-new Chevy Stingray of the Corvette family is quite a beauty: you’ve got the drop-down gorgeous looks, including a sexy design and superb styling, a pretty economical powertrain (30 miles per gallon if you love flying down the highways) and an impressive zero to 60 miles per hour jump in 4 seconds. True, that’s what we love the Corvettes for, but, if you take into consideration the attractive price-tag – just under 60K – you’ll see why it’s such a popular pick today. Furthermore, the interior of the latest Stingray is something to be proud of, as it offers comfort and style like never before. So, 10 to 20 years from now folks will still be very fond of this baby and, given the mighty performance and design. It’s no surprise.
#7 – Resale Of Premium Sports Cars – Nissan GT-R
There’s a cloud of mystery surrounding the amazing Nissan GT-R, and not everybody appreciates it; on the other hand, folks who do get it name it the best thing you can buy for 80K. If you’re in the market for a gorgeous sports car, you might be considering the Porsche 911, the Bentley Continental or the Audi line-up, but if you’re in the market for a performance stud, this is your best pick. For a decade now this car has been the best-seller among used premium sports cars. And I don’t really see that demand going down any time soon. The owners know about the model’s popularity and usually bump up the price and add 10 to 20% to the initial price. Don’t let them fool you and negotiate. The GT-R is well worth it.
#8 – Resale Of Luxury Cars – Lexus GS 350
Despite the fact that everybody wants to own a luxury vehicle, the market is pretty cruel to the old-timers. People who shop for a car like that want to get the brand-new stuff, not something that’s been around for 2-3 years. And that’s why luxury models are in a tight spot. The second downside has to do with reliability: once the warranty period is over the cars become quite expensive in maintenance and repairs. However, the GS 350 from Toyota’s luxury brand, Lexus, is a happy exception to that hard-boiled rule. You’ve got the company’s highest standards of quality, durability and, of course, reliability, so, this beauty will most likely still be a blast to drive after a couple hundred thousand miles are behind it.
#9 – Resale Of Premium Luxury Cars – Porsche Panamera
When it comes to breath-taking luxury vehicles the Europeans are far ahead of the game. And much like Lexus the German giant, Porsche, has the best engineers in the world who do their best to make sure the cars under the brand are constructed, built and designed in a way that they’ll stay flawless even after a few decades, give or take. The bottom line is, even if you, by some unknown reason, don’t quite appreciate the whole Porsche look, it’s obvious that the Panamera is a super-comfortable, tech-packed, well-designed vehicle, with superb handling, a refined ride quality and awesome noise-reduction. Furthermore, it’s quite a performance stud as well, even though Porsche doesn’t really pitch that much. And that’s why this bombshell has the best resale value on the market of used premium luxury cars.
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