2012 Best Resale Value Awards: Top Ten Cars

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Top 10 Models

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%

See the previous Winners of these Awards: | 2011 | 2010
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