10 Best Cars By Resale Value in 2019

If you have had a car, truck or SUV for a while, you might be thinking about trading it in for a newer model. If you are close to that stage, you might also be wondering how much money you can expect to get back in resale value. However, the time to think about that is long before you are thinking of selling your beloved set of wheels.

Several things factor into the resale value of a vehicle, including several factors that are under your control: How well you maintain your car and how frequently you drive it (and under what conditions), will factor into the resale value.

The most important factor that’s out of your control, however, is depreciation. Vehicles, unlike homes or investment assets, are depreciating assets: Most new vehicles lose about 10% of their value the moment you drive them off the lot and almost two-thirds of their value in the first five years, no matter how well you take care of it. That’s just the nature of cars and trucks and SUVs.

Of course, other factors may play into the resale value of your vehicle, and many those factors are random. How well the economy is doing, the state you live in, and local supply and demand for cars will all impact the resale value of your vehicle.

In addition to taking prudent steps to take care of your vehicle, you can also take a few steps to ensure a bit higher resale value by choosing a model that has historically had good resale value and/or is projected to have one in the future. The cars, trucks, and SUVs below are much more likely than average to retain their value long into the future.

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Subaru WRX

Subaru WRX
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This car is a ton of fun to drive –  and delivers excellent resale value once you’re tired of doing so. It’s got a powerful engine and drive, costs less than $35,000 on average and should retain over 45 percent of its resale value for at least five years.

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Honda Ridgeline

Honda Ridgeline
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It might surprise you to see a midsize truck that can tow over 5,000 pounds on this list, but this genuinely rugged truck is expected to retain over 46.5 percent of its resale value for at least five years. You can tow to your heart’s desire and reap the rewards years later.

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Chevy Colorado

Chevy Colorado
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Here's another truck that is expected to retain over 47 percent of its resale value for half of a decade. It’s true. This canyon-ready all terrain friendly truck is an excellent pick if you’re looking for a genuinely intense ride that will retain the investment you put into it.

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Ford F150

Ford F150
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Can you tell trucks are onto something? It must be the way they maintain universal appeal for decades and help you put in tough work. This truck, an American legend, will retain over half of its resale value for five years.

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Chevy Silverado

Chevy Silverado
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What’s the difference between this Chevy truck and Colorado? It’s more expensive, but it also retains over half of its value after five years.

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Honda Civic

Honda Civic
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This car beloved by fuel-conscious fathers everywhere has excellent gas mileage, a fantastic engine, a roomy cabin, and advanced safety features. As with many Honda options, it can retain over half of its resale value after five years.

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Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler
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The first of the SUVs on this list has a lot to offer consumers. Beloved by members of the military and civilians alike, this SUV is indeed a vehicle that can go anywhere and do anything––make sure to obey traffic laws while you’re in the can-do-anything mindset that owning a Jeep sometimes inspires! In addition to making you feel fantastic, owning a Jeep also allows you to maintain over 54 percent of its resale value after five years.

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Toyota 4Runner

Toyota 4Runner
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This vehicle claims to be “truck inspired,” but the biggest thing it has in common with actual trucks on this list is it's incredible after the 5-year resale value of 54 percent. This powerful SUV has been called “aggressive” and “bold” by reviewers, but also has incredibly comfortable rear seats and can stand up to bumpy roads with ease.

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Audi A3

Audi A3
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When you think of luxury vehicles, you’re probably not thinking about high resale values. But this sleek and beautiful Audi can compete with all the rest on this list. It’s got a very comfortable ride and strong acceleration, as well as luxury details that make you realize why it has such a hefty price tag.

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Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Tacoma
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The far-and-away winner of this list is the midsize pickup that retains a whopping 61 percent of its value after five years. It’s also much less expensive than several trucks on this list, making it an excellent option for city and suburbia dwellers who like the idea of a truck but don’t need the serious pulling power that comes with a bigger price tag. That’s not to say that this truck can’t compete with the big guys––some models can haul up to 6,800 pounds––but the excellent financial perks might make convincing your spouse to let you buy it a little bit easier.

No matter what car you choose to purchase, taking care of your vehicle, getting regular inspections, driving safely, minimizing your mileage and keeping the interior clean will help you get as much return back on your “investment” as possible once you are done driving it.