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The Best Resale Value Vehicles for 2018, According to Kelley Blue Book

While most car buyers consider the sales price one of the most significant figures when…

  • February 9, 2018

While most car buyers consider the sales price one of the most significant figures when choosing a new vehicle, the experts at Kelley Blue Book recommend shoppers consider a number they won’t find on any window sticker: the resale value.

That’s why the vehicle valuation specialist has named the 2018 model-year brand and category winners of the annual Best Resale Value Awards, recognizing vehicles for their projected retained value through the initial five-year ownership period.

“Once again, Toyota and Porsche earn tops honors in the brand and luxury brand categories, respectively, with the highest average projected resale value among their full model lineups. You can be confident a vehicle will retain its value well if you pick from Kelley Blue Book’s list of Best Resale Value Award winners,” said Eric Ibara, director of residual values for Kelley Blue Book.

Ibara added, “The Top 10 vehicle winners are predominantly trucks, which reflects the high demand that exists for these models. Despite the higher incentives available on trucks today, used-car buyers are willing to pay more for trucks, relative to the initial MSRP, than they are for sedans. Without the prospect of higher gas prices, this trend doesn’t appear to be slowing.”

This is the third Best Resale Value: Brand win for Toyota, which previously won in 2014 and 2017. This year marks Porsche’s second consecutive Best Resale Value: Luxury Brand win.

2018 Best Resale Value: Brand


2018 Best Resale Value: Luxury Brand


2018 Best Resale Value by Category:

Subcompact Car: Honda Fit

Electric Vehicle:  Chevrolet Bolt EV

Compact Car:  Subaru Impreza

Subcompact SUV/Crossover:  Honda HR-V

Sporty Compact Car:  Subaru WRX

Compact SUV/Crossover:  Jeep Wrangler

Mid-Size Car:  Honda Accord

Mid-Size Crossover:  Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Full-Size Car:  Toyota Avalon

Full-Size/Crossover:  Chevrolet Tahoe

Entry-Level Luxury Car:  Lexus RC

Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover:  Porsche Macan

Luxury Car:  Lexus GS

Luxury Mid-Size SUV/Crossover:  Lexus RX

High-End Luxury Car:  Porsche Panamera

Luxury Full-Size SUV/Crossover:  Lexus LX

Sports Car:  Porsche 718 Cayman

Mid-Size Pickup Truck:  Toyota Tacoma

High-Performance Car:  Porsche 911

Full-Size Pickup Truck:  Chevrolet Silverado HD

Hybrid/Alternative Energy Car:  Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Minivan:  Honda Odyssey

2018 Best Resale Value: Top 10 Cars

Chevrolet Colorado

Jeep Wrangler

Chevrolet Silverado

Subaru WRX

Ford F-Series

Toyota 4Runner

GMC Sierra

Toyota Tacoma

Honda Ridgeline

Toyota Tundra

Keep in mind that many factors influence the “value equation” of vehicle ownership and leasing, including the initial deal, operating costs, maintenance costs, resale value – and all those “fine print” aspects like mileage allowance on leases.

Of course, Kelley Blue Book does a good job of tracking all those things as well. Find out more at

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