The Cars, Trucks, and SUVs That Retain the Most Value After 5 Years
How many years do you expect to get out of a brand-new vehicle? If the answer is more than a decade and over 200,000 miles, you’ll save money by choosing a model with solid reliability scores and decent fuel economy.
On the other hand, if you go about five years before making a switch, you’ll want to choose a car or truck that holds its value. In 2018, the average depreciation stands at 50% over a five-year period.
According to a study released October 8 by auto search engine iSeeCars, some vehicles barely lose 30% of that value over that span of time. If you’re thinking short-term with your next new-auto purchase, these 15 models retained the most value over five years.
15. Dodge Challenger
- 5-year depreciation: 45.2%
Following this most recent muscle-car revival, the models coming out of Detroit in 2018 would blow away anything the Big Three was producing 50 years ago. We’re talking Hellcats that top 700 horsepower, Mustangs that slash to 60 mph in 4 seconds, and a Camaro that runs the quarter mile in 11.3 seconds.
These upgrades (as well as the latest in-car tech) come at a premium, and models like the Dodge Challenger have kept their value after five years.
14. Honda CR-V
- 5-year depreciation: 44.8%
With the high volume of Honda CR-Vs on the road, you might expect this model to drop in price faster than the average vehicle. That hasn’t been the case with Honda’s compact SUV.
Compared to the average, the CR-V held over 5% more of its value after five years. Its track record as one of the most reliable vehicles of the decade might have something to do with it.
13. Ford F-150
- 5-year depreciation: 44.1%
Because of their usefulness and overall durability, pickup trucks hold their value much better than the average sedan. Within that group, Ford F-150 scored just below average while taking 13th place overall in the study.
iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly explained why this popular truck didn’t do as well as other pickups. “The lowest-depreciating vehicles typically aren’t the best sellers, which explains why the top-selling F-150 landed here on the list.”
12. Toyota RAV4
- 5-year depreciation: 43.5%
The Toyota RAV4 has been a huge hit for several generations, and we don’t expect that to change when the all-new 2019 model arrives. Basically, rock-solid reliability, strong fuel economy, and a pleasant ride don’t go out of style in a crossover.
After five years, RAV4 buyers were still able to get 56.5% of their vehicles’ value on the used market. A reputation for lasting over a decade will do that.
11. Honda Fit
- 5-year depreciation: 42.9%
The Honda Fit is the smallest car you’ll find on this list. After five years, it still held 57% of its value when owners went to sell it on the used market. Its fuel economy, cargo capacity, and fairly good drive experience all make Fit a solid buy, new or used.
10. Ram 1500
- 5-year depreciation: 42.7%
If you check the used-vehicle listings, you’ll find lots of Ram trucks with over 300,000 miles on them. They’re built for the long haul, and with the right maintenance you have a shot to get yours there.
Also, if you decide to trade a Ram 1500 in after five years, you’ll find you get a solid (57.3%) return on your money.
9. Subaru Impreza
- 5-year depreciation: 42.3%
While the Honda Fit carried the banner for subcompacts, the Subaru Impreza was the only passenger car to crack the top 10 for its low depreciation. After five years, buyers were still getting about 58% of its sticker price on the used market.
Phong Ly explained, “Impreza is the only compact vehicle in its class to offer standard all-wheel drive, making it one of the most affordable vehicles with that option.” Ly also noted Subaru’s reputation for reliability playing a part.
8. GMC Sierra 1500
- 5-year depreciation: 40%
GMC may have pushed the envelope with the 2019 Sierra, but its previous-generation pickup already set quite a standard. In the resale department, it was among the elite for vehicles that hold their value. Owners who went to sell after five years only lost 40% to depreciation.
7. Chevrolet Silverado 1500
- 5-year depreciation: 39.7%
On a list in which half-ton pickups dominated, Chevrolet Silverado was right in the thick of it. Like the Sierra, Chevy’s pickup is all-new for 2019, but its reputation was secured long ago. When owners went to sell their ’13 Silverados after five years, they were getting 60% back.
6. Toyota 4Runner
- 5-year depreciation: 38.1%
There has been no vehicle more reliable than the Toyota 4Runner since 2010. This bulletproof model has been running on a truck platform since the start of the decade, and it doesn’t have any immediate need to change.
Buyers looking to drive a used 4Runner another seven or eight years have found relatively high prices for this model. Incredibly low depreciation after five years (38%) will do that.
5. Nissan Frontier
- 5-year depreciation: 37.8%
Since vehicles that sell in lower volumes are in greater demand used, you can understand how the value of a Nissan Frontier has held up so well. After five years, owners were still getting 62% of what they paid for their Frontiers on the used market. That’s over 12% better than the average vehicle.
4. Toyota Tundra
- 5-year depreciation: 37.1%
Toyota is the undisputed champion of reliability, and its full-size pickup has been the best in the half-ton class for depreciation as well. After five years of ownership, people were still getting 63% of what they originally paid for their Tundra on the used market.
3. Toyota Tacoma
- 5-year depreciation: 29.5%
Even with so many trucks showing remarkably low depreciation, none touched what Toyota Tacoma has done on the used market. It was the only pickup to depreciate less than 30% after five years. That meant owners got close to 70% of what they for their trucks back — 20% better than the average vehicle.
2. Jeep Wrangler
- 5-year depreciation: 27.3%
Jeep Wrangler is one of those vehicle that defies the data. No matter how many poor safety or reliability ratings it gets, its fans don’t care. They want one at any cost, and on the used market they don’t come cheap. iSeeCars data showed only 27% depreciation on the two-door Wrangler after five years.
1. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
- 5-year depreciation: 27.3%
The 2018 model year brought a new (“JL”) Wrangler Unlimited to the market, and you’ll have to look closely to find the differences. (One unseen one is the available turbo engine.)
Overall, it will provide the same sort of thrills Wrangler has for decades. For buyers who might consider selling in five years, it also delivers uncomparable resale value.
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