Everyone knows that to get a good deal on a new car, you have to negotiate a good price and secure a good financing rate. Fewer buyers consider predicted resale value in the quest to get the most for their money, but a $25,000 new car with strong resale value can actually cost less over a short three-year ownership cycle than a $20,000 car with poor resale value. The car you choose can be more important than the terms you negotiate.
The annual Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards recognize automakers' outstanding achievements in producing new vehicles that best maintain their appeal after five years of ownership. Check out the overall champions here, then find out which cars took top resale honors in the segments you're shopping.
Some cars just seem to have a perfect form, beautiful from any angle, and the 2011 Audi A5 is a rare contemporary example of that. The Audi A5 looks just the way a sports-luxury coupe should look and drives exactly the way a sports-luxury coupe should drive, with crisp handling and responsive acceleration. The hot fudge on the Haagen-Dazs is the A5's interior, which offers impeccable style and superb functionality.
Combining seven-passenger utility, all-weather capability and BMW performance, the X5 appeals to those looking for extra helpings of both sport and utility. Strong resale values are proof of its wide-ranging appeal.
Surprise, surprise, the Honda CR-V wins another Best Resale Value Award this year. A veritable greatest hits collection of everything a smart shopper might want in a vehicle, the Honda CR-V offers the utility and raised seating position of an SUV, but in a compact and fuel-efficient package.
One of the most iconic, uniquely American shapes in the automotive world belongs to the Jeep Wrangler. Whether driving top-down through suburbia or putting its legendary off-road abilities to use on the Rubicon trail, the Jeep Wrangler is the quintessential vehicle for freedom-loving explorers.
A real SUV intended to haul cargo, people and trailers, the 2011 Lexus GX is also an affable off-roader that will take you into the mud - and out of it again - in luxurious style. Powered by a 4.6-liter V8 producing 301-horsepower and 329 pound-feet of torque, the Lexus GX's standard Kinetic Dynamic Suspension sets it a notch above the competition while the luxurious interior and Toyota quality only up its stock.
Lexus' first-ever utility vehicle has been completely redesigned for 2011 with fresh new interior and exterior styling. Available with front- or all-wheel drive and loaded with a cadre of available gadgets, there is a 2011 Lexus RX for the soccer mom, the discerning driver and even the weekend camper.
The Toyota FJ Cruiser's serious off-road capability coupled with around-town driving comfort qualify it as a Swiss Army knife in the mid-size SUV segment. Add in Toyota's reputation for reliability and quality and it's no wonder the FJ Cruiser also retains excellent resale value.
The 2011 Subaru Outback is more than a wagon, it's a lifestyle statement. Boasting a sporty but rugged stance, real off-road capability and a strong fan base of weekend warriors, the Outback can comfortably shepherd you through a week at the office to a weekend of fun and camaraderie.