Top 10 Cars and Trucks With the Best Resale Value

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Fuel economy might top the list of things car shoppers are looking for when choosing a new vehicle, but resale value is still a valid concern for many buyers. Knowing what your car is worth three to five years down the road is important, since vehicles depreciated quicker than any other asset we can spend our hard-earned cash on.

So if resale value is one of your top priorities when deciding what vehicle to purchase, this Top 10 list will be of interest to you. Based on Kelley Blue Book‘s nominees for Best Resale Award among the 2014 lineup, you can get a good idea of what your future investment could be worth in the future.

Kicking off the list is the Dodge Challenger, netting itself 60.8 percent of its original value after three years. Those looking to keep their American sports car for five years can look forward to getting back 50.5 percent of its original price. The 2014 Dodge Challenger starts from $27,290 including destination and comes standard with a Pentastar V6 engine with 305 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque. Power hungry shoppers can opt for the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 that features 375 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque.

Next on the list is Chevy‘s flagship pickup truck, the Silverado 1500. After three years of ownership, the Silverado 1500 is still good for 59 percent of its original price and doesn’t drop much more after five years of ownership – 50.6 percent of its value. Updated for the 2014 model year, the Silverado 1500 starts at $26,670 and comes with a 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6 engine with 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque.

The popular Honda CR-V ranked eighth on the list, netting its buyers 63 percent of its original price after three years. But considering how long Honda vehicles are known to last on the road, owners can still be content knowing that their CR-V is worth 50.7 of its original selling price after five years. The 2014 CR-V comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 185 hp with pricing starting from $23,775.

Want a sports car that still gets a good bang for your buck once you’re bored with it? The Chevrolet Camaro is not only competitive in the marketplace, it’s also competitive on the used-car market. After three years, its resale value sits at a very respectable 63.7 percent while after five years owners will still get up to 51.9 percent of its original price. The 2014 Camaro starts from $24,550 and comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 323 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque. Of course there’s the more powerful 6.2-liter with 400 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque, which is undoubtedly more attractive to buyers.

Yet another pickup on the list is the Toyota Tundra. Not only can it carry plenty of load, its value carries through the years of transporting everything you need it to. Owners can look forward to recouping up to 63.7 percent of original price after three years while those that put the Tundra to work for five years can get back 52.3 percent. As the Japanese automaker puts it, the Tundra is “work ready and family tough” with a starting price of $26,915. Under the hood is a fuel-efficient 4.0-liter V8 with 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque, but if that isn’t enough for you, the automaker also offers a more powerful 5.7-liter V8 with 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque.

Believe it or not, the Chevrolet Corvette is actually the top sports car with the best resale value for the 2014 model year. The all-new Corvette Stingray is one beautiful machine but it’s a given that the American automaker will give it some upgrades within five years. But for those looking to upgrade after three years, owners will still get back an estimated 67.5 percent of their original investment, while five years will net them 53.5 percent. Its MSRP starts from $51,995 while all models (for now) feature a 6.2-liter V8 engine with 455 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque.

Next on the list is the Toyota 4Runner, a popular SUV that has become a staple in the Japanese automaker’s lineup. With a starting price of $33,680, the 4Runner is good for 66.6 percent of its value after three years of ownership. After five years, the SUV will be worth 56.2 percent of its original price. Coming standard under the hood of the versatile 4Runner is a 4.0-liter V6 engine with 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque.

Kicking off the top 3 in this list is the Jeep Wrangler, getting off roaders 70.3 percent back of its original price after three years. Those keeping their Wranglers after five years can get themselves 59.1 percent of its value. Its MSRP starts at a competitive $23,390 with a 3.6-liter V6 engine as standard that’s good for 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. According to the American automaker, the Wrangler will get its drivers 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.

The top pickup with the best resale value for 2014 is the Toyota Tacoma, which gets itself 73.7 percent of its original price after three years. Five years of ownership will still return 61.9 percent of its MSRP, which is an attractive proposition for those that need a pickup, but not an overly powerful or large one. The 2014 Tacoma also has a really attractive starting price of $18,735 but that will only get you a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. Of course there’s a more powerful option of a 4.0-liter V6 with 236 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque.

Last but not least, it may not be a surprise to see the 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser topping the list of vehicles with the best resale value for the 2014 model year. That’s because the FJ Cruiser is on its way out after this year, which means the used car market is the only place to find them in three to five years time. Owners that hold onto the 2014 FJ Cruiser for three years can look forward to a ridiculous 80 percent return and even at five years, it’ll still get them an impressive 70 percent. With a starting price of $27,990, the FJ Cruiser might not be that expensive to drive and own for three years. As for what you’ll get under the hood, Toyota has outfitted it with a 4.0-liter V6 engine with 260 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque.

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Scott hall Scott hall on Dec 12, 2013

    I'm just happy the Mustang wasn't on that list...my god does EVERYONE drive a Mustang?? They are freakin' everywhere you look!!

  • Ralph demel Ralph demel on Dec 19, 2013

    I have an 2008 less then 1600 miles love it as far as junk their only as good as the drive

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