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2012 Best Resale Value Awards: Top Ten Cars

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If resale value were the one and only consideration when choosing a new car, these would be the 10 best cars money could buy. This year’s list is heavy on utility vehicles, with a couple pickup trucks and exactly one passenger car making it onto the list of vehicles projected to return the very best resale values.


  • 2012 Jeep Wrangler

    The Jeep Wrangler’s key upgrade for the 2012 model year is a more powerful, more fuel-efficient V6 engine

      Resale Value
    • at 36 months: 68.0%
    • at 60 months: 55.0%
  • 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser

    In addition to impressive off-road prowess, Toyota’s answer to the venerable Jeep Wrangler also boasts similarly outstanding resale values

      Resale Value
    • at 36 months: 67.0%
    • at 60 months: 50.0%
  • 2012 Toyota Tacoma

    The best-selling compact pickup truck offers a four-cylinder engine that delivers up to 25 mpg on the highway

      Resale Value
    • at 36 months: 64.0%
    • at 60 months: 49.0%
  • 2012 Hyundai Tucson

    Hyundai value is stronger than ever, thanks in large part to the kind of stylish sheet metal that sets the Tucson apart

      Resale Value
    • at 36 months: 64.3%
    • at 60 months: 45.3%
  • 2012 Audi Q7

    Available with the same supercharged V6 that powers Audi’s S4 sport sedan, we’d nevertheless take our Q7 with the diesel engine

      Resale Value
    • at 36 months: 63.3%
    • at 60 months: 44.3%
  • 2012 Infiniti FX

    The Infiniti FX blends striking looks, unexpected performance and, relative to competitors like the BMW X6, terrific value

      Resale Value
    • at 36 months: 58.0%
    • at 60 months: 44.0%
  • 2012 Honda CR-V

    All new for 2012, the Honda CR-V again ups the ante for compact crossover competitors when it comes to well-rounded refinement

      Resale Value
    • at 36 months: 60.3%
    • at 60 months: 43.5%
  • 2012 Lexus RX

    Thanks to the famous reliability of Lexus vehicles, the best-selling Lexus RX is popular in both the new and pre-owned markets

      Resale Value
    • at 36 months: 64.0%
    • at 60 months: 43.0%
  • 2012 Nissan Frontier

    A fully boxed frame combines with a useful Utili-track tie-down system in a midsize pickup that’s as tough as it is flexible

      Resale Value
    • at 36 months: 56.2%
    • at 60 months: 42.8%
  • 2012 Chevrolet Camaro

    With looks and performance that mix the best of now and then, the newest Camaro offers multi-generational appeal

      Resale Value
    • at 36 months: 57.0%
    • at 60 months: 42.2%
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