Buying a car can be a taxing experience. On top of this, buying a car also means thinking about how much a car will be worth once you are ready to buy again. Resale values might not be at the top of your list, but they are an important factor to consider when making an investment. Look at these popular car brands and see where your potential car stacks up.
Best Value: Subaru
Subaru has been named the best resale value brand of 2015 by Kelly Blue Book. Many Subaru models are low-cost and they come highly recommended by owners.
Best Value: Lexus
Kelly Blue Book named Lexus the best luxury brand for resale value, and for good reason: Lexus has built an unsurpassed reputation for reliability with their cars.
Good Value: Jeep
Jeeps aren’t the most reliable vehicles on the market, but they always have a high resale value. Their iconic look and great off-road capabilities have always kept them near the top of buyer's lists.
Good Value: Toyota
Toyota seems to always be near the top of the list. They have traditionally built some of the most reliable cars on the market, so there’s no surprise that the trend continues today.
Good Value: Honda
Honda might not be at the very top, but they still have some of the highest resale values in the industry. Honda has won the KBB best resale value in the past.
OK Value: BMW
BMWs usually are some of the most desirable new cars on the market. Most models have decent resale values for a luxury car, with the exception of the 7 series.
OK Value: Ford
Ford has an enduring classic lineup of vehicles. The majority of models have decent resale values, but the popular F-150 trucks seem to always have a pretty high resale price.
OK Value: Infiniti
Infiniti is another luxury car that tends to hold decent resale value. They are known for their above-average reliability while still functioning as fun, sporty rides.
OK Value: Hyundai
Hyundais are very well-balanced vehicles. They have the right amount of efficiency, practicality and dependability. They might not be the best at one thing, but they cover all the bases very well.
OK Value: Acura
Luxury cars tend to have lower resale values than traditional cars. While this may be true, Acuras tend to depreciate less than the competition.
Poor Value: Chrysler
Chrysler has never really had any good resale values on any of their models. Its notorious Town & Country minivan isn’t helping them any in this regards.
Poor Value: Chevy
Chevy has a very good lineup of vehicles, but there are just too many of them out there. The residual values just plummet when there are too many of one brand out there.
Poor Value: Volkswagen
Volkswagen used to consistently see their name at the top of these kinds of lists. Thanks to its cheaper “Americanized” models, they have seen a drastic drop in residual values.
Poor Value: Dodge
Dodge suffers from the same fate as its sibling brand Chrysler. Dodge hasn’t produced many desirable new cars in recent memory which causes resale to fall off.
Poor Value: Jaguar
Jaguars aren’t known for their reliability. Plus, they depreciate at a significant rate against other luxury brands.