30 Cars with the Highest Resale Value


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If you purchase a new car, chances are you will sell it or trade it in later on down the road. Since this is the case, you’ll want to consider the car’s long-term resale value before purchasing it. That’s because cars that retain their value are easier to sell or trade in the future. With that said, here are 30 cars with the highest resale value.

30. 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

Mercedes Benz Cla
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The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 is an entry-level luxury car that’s priced low to attract new buyers to the Mercedes brand. In fact, the CLA 250 is one of the 10 least expensive Mercedes-Benz models for 2020. It has a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $36,650, with a 5-year depreciation of $22,052. The average retained value after five years is 39.83 percent. “If you’re shopping entry-level luxury sedans, the CLA should be one of your top considerations,” Edmunds wrote on its website.

29. 2020 Subaru Outback

2020 Subaru Outback
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The great thing about the Outback is that no matter which model you choose, it has the ability to retain its value well over the years. In fact, the 2020 Subaru Outback won Kelley Blue Book’s (KBB) Best 2-Row Midsize SUV Resale Value award. “Just as with the prior model, this new-gen Outback is the best in its class for retaining its value,” KBB said on its website.

The 2020 Subaru Outback has a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $26,645, with a 5-year depreciation of $15,454. The average retained value after 5 years is 42.00 percent.

28. 2020 Toyota Sequoia

2020 Toyota Sequoia
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Not only does the 2020 Toyota Sequoia have one of the highest resale values in the industry, it’s also a dependable, long-lasting vehicle. In fact, when it comes to reliability, J.D. Power gave it four out of five stars. But, it’s not just the experts who love the Sequoia. Drivers have given it some very positive feedback as well, giving it a score of 88/100 for reliability, a score of 76/100 for being great to drive, and a score of 82/100 for having a good resale value.

Speaking of resale value, the 2020 Toyota Sequoia, which has a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $49,980, has a 5-year depreciation of $28,975 and its average retained value after five years is 42.03 percent.

27. 2020 Mazda CX-5

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The 2020 Mazda CX-5 will cost you less over the years than similar vehicles, such as the 2020 Ford Edge. In fact, The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the CX-5 with a “number 1” insurance rate while rating the Edge at “number 10.” But, the main reason why the CX-5 will cost you less in the long run is its superior resale value. The 2020 Mazda CX-5 has a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $25,190 and a 5-year depreciation of $14,556. Its average retained value after five years is 42.22 percent.

26. 2020 Lexus ES 350

Lexus Es 350
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According to Kelley Blue Book (KBB), the 2020 Lexus ES has the best entry-level luxury car resale value. It also won KBB’s Luxury Car Best Buy of 2020 award. “Our full review of the 2020 Lexus ES sums its benefits up nicely, saying ‘The primary objective of a luxury sedan is to afford passengers a roomy, comfortable, quiet and luxurious cabin and ride. The Lexus ES achieves each of those goals, almost effortlessly’,” KBB said on its website.

Starting MSRP: $39,900

5-year depreciation: $22,730

Average retained value after 5 years: 43.03 percent

25. 2020 Jeep Gladiator

2020 Jeep Gladiator
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According to an article published by Forbes, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator should retain around 60 percent of its value after five years, although GOBankingRates’ estimate is much lower, at 44.83 percent. Still, its quite a high resale value regardless of which figure you look at. Additionally, the 2020 Gladiator has a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $33,545, with 5-year depreciation amount of $18,508.

FUN FACT: The Gladiator is Jeep’s first pickup truck since they stopped making the Comanche in 1992.

24. 2020 Acura MDX

2020 Acura Mdx
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Believe it or not, the 2020 Acura MDX is actually quite affordable, particularly when compared to the competition. It has a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $44,500, low maintenance costs, and a high resale value (a 5-year depreciation of $24,315 and an average retained value after 5 years of 45.36 percent). While the MDX depreciates like any other vehicle, its depreciation rate stays below the average. For example, the 2016 Acura MDX’s cost has only declined by 49 percent since it was released.

23. 2020 Audi A4

2020 Audi A4
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According to Kelley Blue Book (KBB), the 2020 Audi A4’s “resale value is expected to remain quite strong in the years ahead.” In fact, its 5-year depreciation of $20,333 and the fact that it should retain 45.63 percent of its value after five years is good news for those of you who are considering purchasing the Audi A4. Additionally, the 2020 Audi A4 has a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of just $37,400.

Keep in mind that the Audi A4 has a $995 destination fee. This amount isn’t always factored into the sale price of the vehicle, so it’s a good idea to ask the dealer about this prior to making a purchase.

22. 2020 Ford F-150

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According to California-based automotive media and marketing services company Autobytel (soon to be known as AutoWeb), the 2020 Ford F-150 is one of ten trucks with the best resale value. It has a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $28,745, with a 5-year depreciation amount of $15,073. Its average retained value after five years is 47.56 percent.

Additionally, the Ford F-Series is America’s best-selling truck, led by, you guessed it, the half-ton F-150. It has held this spot for many years now.

21. 2020 Toyota Avalon

2020 Toyota Avalon
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The 2020 Toyota Avalon won Kelley Blue Book’s (KBB) Best Full-Size Car Resale Value award. According to the company, its predicted resale value after five years of ownership is 35.1 percent, although GOBankingRates puts it a bit higher at 47.79 percent. The fact that it won the KBB Best Full-Size Car Resale Value award is “no big surprise,” KBB said on its website. “The 2020 Avalon is an altogether impressive vehicle, a spacious and eminently reliable 5-seat luxury sedan in which you needn’t apologize to your back-seat passengers.”

Its starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $35,875, and it has a 5-year depreciation of $18,732.

20. 2020 Honda Odyssey

Honda Odyssey
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The Honda Odyssey has earned Kelley Blue Book’s (KBB) Best Minivan Resale Value award the least three years in a row. It’s also KBB’s Minivan Best Buy winner of 2020. And, it’s no wonder. This vehicle is safe, practical, reliable, and drives well. “Simply put, this Honda van shines in all areas,” KBB said on its website.

The 2020 version of this minivan has a 5-year depreciation of $16,072, and its average retained value after five years is 47.80 percent. It has a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $30,790.

19. 2020 Dodge Charger

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Yes, the 2020 Dodge Charger is one of the most expensive minivans on the market, but that shouldn’t deter you from purchasing one because it’s definitely worth the money. In fact, the 2020 Dodge Charger won Kelley Blue Book’s (KBB) second-best Full-Size Car Resale Value award. KBB’s predicted resale value after five years of ownership is 34.2 percent of the original sticker price, while GOBankingRates estimates that its average retained value after five years is 48.10 percent. The Charger has a 5-year depreciation of $15,567 and a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $29,995.

18. 2020 Hyundai Tucson

2020 Hyundai Tucson
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When compared to its competition, the Tucson will cost you less in the long run because of its superior resale value, Hyundai of New Port Richey, FL, wrote on its website. Meanwhile, J.D. Power gave the 2020 Hyundai Tucson’s resale value a “great” rating of 79 out of 100. The overall score is derived from the resale value of the vehicle based on verified owner input.

Starting MSRP: $23,550

5-year depreciation: $12,220

Average retained value after 5 years: 48.11 percent

17. 2020 Honda Accord

Honda Accord
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The Honda Accord has won the Kelley Blue Book (KBB) Best Midsize Car in the 2020 5-Year Cost to Own award. Not only that but this compact car has won numerous awards from KBB over the years, including the Best Buy award. “With its excellent practicality and fun-to-drive nature backed by proven reliability and stellar resale values, the 2020 Honda Accord shines brightly,” KBB wrote on its website.

Starting MSRP: $24,270

5-year depreciation: $12,504

Average retained value after 5 years: 48.48 percent

16. 2020 Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento
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According to Federico Kia of Wood River, IL, the Kia Sorento has a high resale value because it costs more up front and is more capable. It offers all-wheel drive on every trim, has a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine, and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Plus, the Sorento is very spacious, allowing up to seven passengers with its standard third-row seating.

Starting MSRP: $26,990

5-year depreciation: $13,522

Average retained value after 5 years: 49.90 percent

BEWARE!
Subcompacts from Kia are now being sold to fleets, and, according to an article published by Investopedia, this instantly decreases their value.

15. 2020 Honda Civic Sedan

Honda Civic Sedan
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The 2020 Honda Civic Sedan has a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $20,800 and a 5-year depreciation amount of $10,308. Its average retained value after five years is 50.44 percent.

But, it isn’t just the 2020 Civic that has a high resale value. According to Piedmont Honda in Anderson, SC, the Honda Civic has won Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com “Best Buy: Small Car” award four years in a row. The 2019 win was due to the Civic’s “tremendous reliability and above-average resale value,” the dealership wrote on its website.

14. 2020 Subaru Impreza

Subaru Impreza
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For the sixth time in seven years, the Subaru Impreza has won the Kelley Blue Book Best Compact Car Resale Value award. The Honda Civic caused an upset in 2019, but the Impreza is now back on top again! The 2020 Impreza has a 5-year depreciation of $9,241, and its average retained value after five years is 50.57 percent.

Additionally, the Impreza is the least-expensive all-wheel-drive car you can buy. It has a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of just $18,695.

13. 2020 Honda Civic Coupe

Honda Civic Coupe
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According to Kelley Blue Book, the Honda Civic has incredibly good resale and reliability ratings. It has a 5-year depreciation of $10,308, and its average retained value after five years is 51.03 percent. Its starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $21,050.

But, that’s not all. Older versions of this car are just as good. In fact, the 2019 Honda Civic Coupe won J.D. Power’s award for best resale value. It gave both the 2019 Honda Civic Coupe LX CVT and the 2019 Honda Civic Coupe Touring CVT a score of 85 out of 100 for resale value.

12. 2020 Honda CR-V

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Compared to the 2020 Hyundai Tucson (which, by the way, is also on this list), the 2020 Honda CR-V has above-average reliability and resale value. It has above-average cargo space as well. “It’s hard to go wrong with any 2020 CR-V. This Honda is a benchmark among compact crossover SUVs and multi-year winner of the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award,” KBB wrote on its website.

Starting MSRP: $25,150

5-year depreciation: $12,232

Average retained value after 5 years: 51.36 percent

11. 2020 Subaru Crosstrek

2020 Subaru Crosstrek
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Did you know that the Subaru Crosstrek holds its value better than other competitors? Yep, it’s true! In fact, it has the best resale value in its class, according to Kelley Blue Book. Not only that, but purchasing the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek won’t break the bank either. Its starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price is a mere $22,145. With a 5-year depreciation of $10,756 and an average retained value after five years of 51.43 percent, you couldn’t possibly go wrong with this purchase.

10. 2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla
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Starting MSRP: $19,600

5-year depreciation: $9,426

Average retained value after 5 years: 51.91 percent

TIP: According to an article published by a Toyota dealership in Henderson, North Carolina, a good way to choose a car with a high resale value is to opt for a hybrid. That’s because hybrid vehicles often have low depreciation rates, which is one of the factors used to determine a car’s value when selling or trading it in. Therefore, because hybrids have low depreciation rates, they tend to retain their value much more than gas-powered cars.

9. 2020 Hyundai Kona

2020 Hyundai Kona
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According to Kelley Blue Book, the 2020 Hyundai Kona is the best value for your money when it comes to subcompact SUVs. What’s impressive about the 2020 Kona is that, first and foremost, it tends to hold its resale value better than many other vehicles. It’s 5-year depreciation is a mere $9,617, and the average retained value of a 2020 Kona after five years of ownership is 52.63 percent! Not only that but the starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price for one of these SUVs is just $20,300. Not too bad, huh?

8. 2020 Porsche 911

Porsche 911
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Starting MSRP: $99,200

5-year depreciation: $46,455

Average retained value after 5 years: 53.17 percent

Porsche has snagged Kelley Blue Book’s (KBB) “Best Luxury Brand for Best Resale Value” title for the fourth time in a row due to its “strong resale values across its full and growing lineup of cars and SUVs.” Among the winners is the 2020 Porsche 911, which took second place in the sports car category. “Porsche has demonstrated that no matter the category, it is a luxury powerhouse when it comes to resale value,” KBB wrote on its website.

7. 2020 GMC Sierra 1500

2020 Gmc Sierra 1500
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In previous years the GMC Sierra trailed behind the Toyota Tundra when it came to resale value. Fortunately, Kelley Blue Book said on its website that it expects the GMC Sierra’s resale to be strong this year. The Sierra 1500 has a 5-year depreciation amount of $14,502, and its average retained value after five years is 53.51 percent. Its starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $31,195.

FYI, if you want to calculate your Sierra’s resale value, you can do so online by using the GMC Trade-In Appraisal with Black Book tool. Just input your vehicle’s current year, brand and model, its mileage, any optional features that apply, your personal information (e.g. zip code), and the tool will give you an estimate.

6. 2020 Subaru WRX

2020 Subaru Wrx
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Starting MSRP: $27,495

Car search engine iSeeCars ranked the Subaru WRX as the 10th best of all cars that hold their value. “If you buy a new 2020 Subaru WRX, it will hold its value better than most cars and depreciate the least,” iSeeCars wrote on its website. It has a 5-year depreciation amount of $12,696. Its average retained value after five years is 53.82 percent. The average 5-year depreciation rate for the Subaru brand itself is 47.5 percent, so you can see that the 2020 Subaru WRX certainly does hold its value.

5. 2020 Jeep Wrangler

2020 Jeep Wrangler
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The 2020 Jeep Wrangler earned Kelley Blue Book’s “Best Off-Road SUV Resale Value” title. In fact, the Wrangler has held its value exceptionally well over the last several years. Like the 2020 Wrangler, the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Jeep Wranglers also earned the KBB “Best Off-Road SUV Resale Value” title.

The current year Wrangler has a 5-year depreciation amount of $12,092, and its average retained value after five years is 57.26 percent. The starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $28,295.

4. 2020 Toyota Tacoma

2020 Toyota Tacoma
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Starting MSRP: $26,050

Awards: Winner of the Kelley Blue Book “Best Midsize Pickup Truck Resale Value” title six years in a row

The 2020 Toyota Tacoma has a 5-year depreciation of $11,029, and its average retained value after five years is 57.66 percent. So, what does this mean when it comes to resale value? Well, it means that if you bought a base 2020 Toyota Tacoma for its starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $26,050, you’d be able to sell it for about $15,890 in five years.

3. 2020 Lexus NX 300

2020 Lexus Nx 300
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Starting MSRP: $36,870

Lexus is is the luxury vehicle division of the Japanese automaker Toyota, so it’s no wonder the 2020 Lexus NX 300 would have a high resale value. In fact, the NX 300 compact crossover is projected to depreciate more slowly than its competitors. That being said, this vehicle has a 5-year depreciation of $15,395, and its average retained value after five years is 58.25 percent. What’s more is that because the NX 300 shares many of its mechanical components with the Toyota RAV4, it won’t be as expensive to maintain or repair as most luxury vehicles.

2. 2020 Lexus GX 460

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Starting MSRP: $53,000

5-year depreciation: $21,937

Average retained value after 5 years: 58.61 percent

Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota, has had a reputation for high resale value for quite some time. That’s why the 2020 Lexus GX earned the Kelley Blue Book (KBB) “Best 3-Row Midsize Luxury SUV” title. “Among midsize luxury SUVs, the 2020 Lexus GX repeats as having the highest retained value,” KBB wrote on its website. One reason why it’s able to retain its value is because GX owners tend to keep these vehicles for a long time.

1. 2020 Toyota Tundra

2020 Toyota Tundra
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Starting MSRP: $33,575

As you probably know, Toyota has a reputation for making quality, reliable vehicles, so it should come as no surprise that many of its models appear on this list. And, the 2020 Tundra is one of those models. It has 5-year depreciation of $11,623, an average retained value after five years of 65.38 percent, and it earned Kelley Blue Book’s “Best Full-Size Pickup Truck Resale Value” title. The Toyota Tundra is built to last, which is one of the reasons why its resale value is best among 2020 full-size pickup trucks.

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