Best Overall Car Resale Values

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 after three years. Find the residual value of any 2012-model-year vehicle with our residual values tool.

Best Overall Car Resale Values
The residual values below are a percentage of the manufacturer's suggested retail price (including destination charge) and are provided by ALG. Click on the image or model name to read the vehicle's 2012 Cars.com report.
Rank Make and Model Style* Residual Value
1. Toyota Tacoma 4WD Double Cab V-6 with manual transmission 61%
2. Subaru Impreza WRX STI
Sedan 61%
3. Subaru Impreza
WRX hatchback 60%
4. Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Touring with manual transmission 60%
5. Toyota Prius c One 59%
6. Nissan Versa S sedan with manual transmission 59%
7. Mini Cooper Hardtop coupe 59%
8. Toyota Tacoma
2WD Double Cab PreRunner with automatic transmission 58%
9. Mitsubishi Lancer SE with automatic 58%
10. Mini Cooper Clubman Coupe 58%

*Listed style had the highest residual value for that model.

Source: 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.

© Cars.com 11/2/2012