Top 10 Cars With the Best Resale Value

Sami Haj-Assaad
by Sami Haj-Assaad

It’s not uncommon for car buyers to consider a purchase based on how valuable the vehicle will be in the future. Here’s a list of the top 10 cars that will retain the most of their original purchase value after five years, according to Kelly Blue Book.

Toyota’s youth oriented Scion brand makes their only appearance here on the resale list with the tC. With 180 hp and 173 lb-ft of torque, the tC is a peppy compact with a sporty look. Also, thanks to it’s huge list of customization options, there’s always the opportunity to personalize the tC in whatever way you want. This is only one of two cars that make the list so be prepared to see a lot of SUVs and trucks ahead. The Scion tC finds its value still at 60.0 percent after 36 months and 46.5 percent after 60 months.

Even though the new Honda Civic isn’t available yet, it’s already highly rated to be one of the best cars in terms of resale. The Civic is a staple in the compact car segment, and is a symbol of cheap, reliable transportation, so it’s no surprise that it’s been awarded the number nine spot in our top 10. The new model sports a more refined interior, and a sharper exterior, making it more competitive compared to other vehicles in the segment. The Honda Civic enjoys 62.5 percent resale value after 36 months and 46.9 percent after 60 months.

The luxurious Lexus LX is known for being a wonderfully equipped and comfortable version of the Toyota Land Cruiser. Unlike many other luxury brands, Lexus doesn’t suffer that much from resale value depreciation, which is why the LX sits at number eight on our top 10. The Lexus LX features a 5.7L V8 and full-time 4WD, just two important features that makes the big SUV enjoy 65.0 percent after 36 months and 47 percent after 60 months.

As the best selling Porsche in the U.S., the Cayenne also enjoys some of the highest resale value. With its sports car heritage and rugged good looks, the Cayenne is a seriously versatile machine. It’s also available in a few different trims with various power-train options, including a diesel and hybrid, which both traditionally hold their resale value. The Porsche Cayenne finds its value still at 67.0 percent after 36 months and 47.3 percent after 60 months.

The Toyota Land Cruiser is only about $2,000 cheaper than the Lexus LX, and both share the same looks, power train and many key off-roading features like the full-time 4WD. Thanks to it’s stunning capability the Land Cruiser enjoys a high resale value. After 36 months of use, it’s still worth 62.0 percent of its original price, and 49 percent after 60 months.

Vehicles with capability are always in demand, which is why many of the cars on this list are SUVs. The Toyota 4Runner combines a gutsy off-road vehicle with typical Toyota reliability and performance, making it a safe bet if you’re looking for a car with solid resale vehicle. The Toyota 4Runner finds its value still at 66.7 percent after 36 months and 49 percent after 60 months.

As one of the top-performing and capable compact crossovers, the Honda CR-V is pretty much a lock in terms of resale-value. With it’s new styling and good fuel efficiency, as well as a great low starting price, the CR-V is a hit with buyers. After just 36 months, the Honda CR-V finds its value still at 64.7 percent and 50.7 percent after 60 months.

The only domestic vehicle on this list is the new Jeep Wrangler, which is known for being an off-road capable truck from Jeep. Not only that, but the looks and heritage of this Jeep help lend it to being such a hit with buyers, which is why it’s taking the number 3 spot on our top 10 list. With the addition of the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, the Jeep Wrangler is sure to be a hit in secondhand markets. After just 36 months, the Jeep Wrangler finds its value still at 67.6 percent and 55.4 percent after 60 months.

The Tacoma’s placement on this list should come as no surprise to anyone following the compact pickup storyline. With so few compact pickups on the market, the Tacoma is sitting on-top in terms of value and capability. Available under $20,000 the Tacoma is a popular vehicle for those looking for a work-friendly truck as well as typical Toyota reliability. After 36 months, the Toyota Tacoma is still worth 70.3 percent and 57 percent after 60 months.

The Toyota FJ Cruiser is the perfect combination of off-road capability, exceptional reliability and historic heritage. Just like the Toyota FJ40s before it, the FJ Cruiser is a highly sought after vehicle because it is so reliable and unstoppable off-road.

Thanks to its 4.0L V6 engine, which puts out 260 hp, 271 lb-ft of torque and its available 4WD, the FJ Cruiser can go just about anywhere. With a resale value of 76 percent after 36 months, and 63 percent after 60 months the FJ Cruiser is the best vehicle this year in terms of resale value.

Sami Haj-Assaad
Sami Haj-Assaad

Sami has an unquenchable thirst for car knowledge and has been at AutoGuide for the past six years. He has a degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto and has won multiple journalism awards from the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada. Sami is also on the jury for the World Car Awards.

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  • DD DD on Jul 13, 2013

    The mini cooper is in class action law suits is where it is. They use thin glass to get better gas mileage which resulted in class action suits. I know I had broken windshields and broken back side glass on a clubman. I only owned the car 2 yrs. the dealer Sandy Sansing in Pensacola FL knew of the class action law suits but wouldnt assist me in replacing my windows, bad business.... DD

  • Jiholt Jiholt on Sep 02, 2013

    I heard the jeep wranglers have a lot of re calls