- Posted April 21, 2014 by
Best resale values for cars, trucks and hybrids
While shopping for a new or used car to buy, it is relatively easy to compare cars based on safety ratings, gas mileage and price. One area that car shoppers frequently forget though is resale value, which is going to be important in the future, unless you truly keep your car forever.
The automotive research experts at Cars.com have put together a list of the best overall car resale values. According to the statistics provided by ALG, these cars and trucks are going to be your best bet when trying to get the most money back in a few years.
Making the top of the list is the Toyota Tacoma 4WD Double Cab, with a 61 percent residual value after three years. The Tacoma is the bestselling midsize pickup for a reason, due to its combination of reliability and versatility. Buyers trust the Tacoma name, and are willing to pay more for the smaller of the Toyota pickups.
Following up at 60 percent residual value, are the sporty Subaru Impreza WRX and Mazdaspeed 3. These cars both have turbocharged four cylinder engines, slick shifting manual transmissions, and styling to match their performance. If you want to get a sports car without breaking the bank in a few years, these are the cars to look at.
Just under the Subaru and Mazda, at 59 percent residual value, are three cars that have excellent fuel economy. The Toyota Prius c, Nissan Versa and Mini Cooper all tied for the same spot, largely due to their fuel sipping qualities which buyers want. When it comes to economy cars, lower trim levels perform the best when it comes to resale values. Cars.com recommends the One, S, and base trims, respectively, for these three vehicles.