Which cars hold their value most?

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Car ownership is dear. This isn’t news. But one important consideration is what proportion of money the vehicle in your driveway is going to be worth after you plan to sell it.

According to studies of over 7.7 million new and used car sales, the typical amount of depreciation after five years is simply shy of half the initial price (49.6%). We’re focusing in on the strongest performers here, the cars that hold their value best after 60 months.

 

Subaru Impreza WRX: 60.0%

The list kicks off with a surprising entry: Subaru’s rally-bred WRX. Offering a potent combo of turbocharged power and all-wheel-drive security for nearly twenty years on our shores, the WRX has stayed remarkably near its original recipe the complete time. that may be why it holds onto its value—nearly 10% better than the average—so well: irrespective of which generation buyers choose, there’s a 2.0-liter flat-four and Subaru’s famous symmetrical AWD backing it up. It’s still an inexpensive, fun package: no wonder it only loses 40% of its value on average.

 

Nissan Frontier: 60.5%

The Frontier is comfortably the oldest car on the list. this model has had some facelifts throughout its life since Nissan debuted it in 2005. It’s a mid-size truck within the old-school mold, with two different bed and cab lengths available. Large-displacement four- and six-cylinder engines aren’t particularly high-tech, but they’re reliable. With average depreciation of 39.5%.

 

Nissan GT-R: 60.6%

Another Nissan and this one couldn’t be more different than the Frontier. Well, they put power to any or all four wheels. The reborn Godzilla holds its value well, just edging the Frontier for 8th, with 39.4% depreciation. similar to the large lizard, the GT-R has evolved and gained new powers over the years, but it retains an enormous slug of turbo-V6 power and one in all the foremost advanced all-wheel-drive systems on the market. Its tuner-friendliness and limited numbers help keep values strong.

 

Honda Ridgeline: 61.9%

Another Japanese mid-size truck, you say? Yes, amongst the whole lineup of Honda vehicles, it’s the Ridgeline that comes out on top when selling time comes. It retains 61.9% of its original value over five years. Sharing its unibody platform with the Pilot crossover and Odyssey minivan, the Ridgeline features a smoother on-road ride than most other trucks out there. a strong and fairly economical 3.5-liter V6 engine also helps.

 

Toyota 4Runner: 63.5%

Welcome to truck town. the highest 1/2 of the list is exclusively SUVs and trucks, with the Toyota 4Runner kicking things off. Sticking to a body-on-frame platform within the face of unibody crossover competition, the 4Runner prioritizes off-road prowess and towing capability over mall runs. There’s decent room for five within the rugged (but plasticky) interior and a good amount of power from its 4.0-liter V6 engine. That legendary Toyota reputation for reliability little doubt helps the 4Runner retain a robust 63.5% of its original asking price.

 

Toyota Tundra: 64.1%

The Toyota Tundra beats its big-rig competitors on resale value. Tundra owners are a fiercely loyal bunch, with many trading in one for an additional when the time comes. the present all-V8 lineup—Toyota discontinued the V6 in 2010—keeps things simple. It lags behind more modern engines in terms of fuel mileage, but it does give the Tundra a hearty tow rating. just like the 4Runner, the Tundra also benefits from the Toyotas-are-reliable reputation too.

 

Toyota Tacoma: 68.0%

The Toyota Tacoma has long stood at the sharp end of the resale value scale. Demand for this tough-as-nails mid-size truck keeps prices robust within the used market. The Taco features a Goldilocks mixture of size and power, making it a preferred choice for Overlanding and general off-roading. It also avoids the posh trappings of the full-size truck market, keeping prices level over the years—and thus, not giving the Tacoma the maximum amount room to drop. The Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner help push Toyota past all other brands on the general depreciation charts. As a marque, Toyotas average a 42.3% loss over five years, compared to the industry-wide average of 49.6%.

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