While most car buyers today consider sticker price the most significant number when choosing a new vehicle, our editors recommend taking a closer look at a number Kelley Blue Book is expert in calculating: its resale value. Depreciation often is the greatest expense incurred by drivers during the first five years of vehicle ownership, so choosing a vehicle that retains its value better than others is important in keeping your total ownership cost low. The Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards recognize automakers' outstanding achievements in producing vehicles that best retain their value. In addition to the mainstream and luxury brands with the best projected resale values across their entire vehicle lines, awards are presented to top vehicles within 16 vehicle categories and for the overall top 10 vehicles across all categories.
2010 Toyota Tacoma
| Best Resale Value: Mid-Size Pickup
The Toyota Tacoma not only dominates other mid-size trucks
in total sales, it also remains the resale champion of this competitive segment. No other truck can match the Tacoma's reputation for rugged reliability. The Toyota Tacoma has been our mid-size truck resale value leader for two years running, and we expect we haven't seen the last of it.
2010 Honda CR-V
| Best Resale Value: Compact Utility Vehicle
Offering the utility and raised seating position of an SUV
in a compact and fuel-efficient package, the Honda CR-V has yet again earned a spot on our list of residual standouts. As practical as a backpack, this benchmark crossover
is a smart choice for new and used buyers alike.
2010 BMW X5 Turbo Diesel
| Best Resale Value: Hybrid
/ALT. Fuel Utility Vehicle
Powered by an in-line six-cylinder twin-turbo engine that puts out 265 horsepower and 425 lb.-ft. of torque, the diesel-fueled X5 xDrive 35d is a formidable green machine at an EPA-estimated 19/26 city/highway miles per gallon. Add into that mix an authentic BMW driving experience and available seven-passenger seating, and you've got a vehicle that is not only a practical, fuel-efficient, and fun mode of transport, but something that will hold its value in the future.
2010 Honda Accord
| Best Resale Value: Mid-Size Car
The unofficial flagship car of the family sedan
segment, the Honda Accord deftly balances size and sportiness, power and efficiency, in the category's most well-rounded entry. All the while it maintains the strongest residual values in the segment.
2010 Lexus IS
| Best Resale Value: Near-Luxury Car
As the most affordable Lexus on the lot and the most value-resilient car in the category, the Lexus IS is a winner on two fronts. Starting sticker prices that can be thousands lower than its competitors' make it attractive as a new car
, while the brand's well-earned reputation for reliability makes the IS especially attractive as a used car
. Sticker price and quality advantages? That's a recipe for resale glory.
2010 Audi A5
| Best Resale Value: Luxury Car
Last year we predicted that the Audi A5
would continue to lead the luxury segment in terms of high resale value, and this year it takes the top spot yet again. Beautifully styled with driving dynamics that could please both everyday drivers and track-monkeys alike, the A5 exudes luxury inside and out.
2010 Nissan 370Z
| Best Resale Value: Sports Car
Regularly compared to performance coupes
that would cost you an additional five figures, the Nissan 370Z can be considered a bargain to begin with, which can be an important part of the resale value equation. Redesigned for 2009, Nissan's latest Z is the most powerful, most fun, most desirable iteration yet. Whether for a coastal cruise or a day at the track, we'd be happy to take one - new or used.