Best Car Resale Values by Class

Though probably not at the forefront of a car buyer's mind, it's important to consider what a vehicle's future resale (or residual) value might be. These 2012 model year vehicles are expected to hold the most of their original value within their vehicle class after three years. Find the residual value of any 2012 model year vehicle with our residual values tool.

Best Car Resale Values by Class
The list below is provided by ALG. Click on the image or model name to read the vehicle's 2012 Cars.com report.
*ClassMake and Model
SubcompactHonda Fit
CompactHyundai Elantra
MidsizeSubaru Legacy
SportyMazda MazdaSpeed3
Alt-FuelVolkswagen Golf TDI
MPVHonda Odyssey
Compact UtilityJeep Wrangler
Midsize UtilitySubaru Outback
Large UtilityGMC Acadia
Midsize PickupToyota Tacoma
Full-Size PickupToyota Tundra
Full-SizeNissan Maxima
Near-LuxuryMercedes-Benz C-Class
Luxury Sports Car Audi S5
Luxury Alt-FuelLexus CT 200h
Luxury Compact UtilityLand Rover Range Rover Evoque
Luxury Midsize UtilityLand Rover Range Rover Sport
Luxury Full-Size UtilityAudi Q7
LuxuryAudi A6

Source: ALG, Residual Value Award Winners.

*Vehicle segments are determined by ALG.

Residual values play a major role in determining prices for car leases. A vehicle with a higher residual value requires you to repay less, which results in lower monthly payments. A variety of factors including consumer appeal, production levels and whether buyers are paying over or under the sticker price determine a vehicle's residual value.

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