Best New Car Values 2010: Best Resale Value

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By Kiplinger.com

 2010 Scion xB
2010 Scion xB

An important measure of a vehicle’s value — and appeal — is what it’s expected to be worth three and five years down the road. These figures, supplied by Kelley Blue Book, are the estimated price a dealer would pay if you traded in the vehicle, expressed as a percentage of original sticker price.

To win best-resale plaudits, the model must first be selected as one of the top 25 vehicles in its category. Then we pick the vehicle with the highest three-year resale value.

Among Kiplinger’s Best in Class and Best New winners are several Toyota models that have been recalled because of sticking gas pedals and/or floor mats that can trap the accelerator. In addition, the Toyota Prius, a Best Resale Value winner, has been cited for problems with its anti-lock brake system. Kelley Blue Book, which supplies our resale values, has not yet adjusted the three-year values we use as a factor in our rankings (although it has dropped values on used Toyotas by as much as 3%). Almost certainly there will be a dip in long-term values of new vehicles as the market reacts to the recalls. But Kiplinger believes that resale values on affected Toyotas will eventually rebound.

Best Resale Value: Under $20,000

2010 Scion xB
Sticker price: $16,420 (manual)
Dealer cost: $15,632
New Car Blue Book Value: $16,420
Five-year service cost: $3,058
One-year insurance cost: $961
Resale value after three years: 60% — five years: 42%
City: 22 mpg — Highway: 28 mpg

The Scion xB’s rep as an edgy, hip vehicle that also offers scads of utility boosts its three-year resale value (and it doesn’t hurt that Scion is a Toyota nameplate). The xB offers a capacious 22 cubic feet of cargo space and optional features, such as touch-screen navigation and a DVD entertainment system.

Best Resale Value: $20,000-$25,000

2010 Mini Cooper S
Sticker price: $23,000 (manual)
Dealer cost: $20,770
New Car Blue Book Value: NA
Five-year service cost: $6,990
One-year insurance cost: $1,094
Resale value after three years: 68% — five years: 47%
City: 26 mpg — Highway: 34 mpg

With astronomical resale values — the highest of any vehicle in Kiplinger’s listings — the Mini Cooper S easily takes top honors in its category. Its 2.6-liter turbocharged engine makes acceleration effortless, but the Mini still sips gas politely.

Best Resale Value: $25,000-$30,000

2010 Toyota Prius IV
Sticker price: $26,950
Dealer cost: $25,140
New Car Blue Book Value: $26,950
Five-year service cost: $3,142
One-year insurance cost: $1,139
Resale value after three years: 61% — five years: 44%
City: 51 mpg — Highway: 48 mpg

Move up the trim levels of the third-generation Prius (which takes top honors in the $20,000 to $25,000 category as Best New Car) to the Prius IV and you get a premium audio system, Bluetooth phone connection and heated leather seats. Resale value after three years is 61%.

Best Resale Value: $30,000-$45,000

2010 Audi A5 2.0T Quattro AWD Premium
Sticker price: $36,825 (manual)
Dealer cost: $34,305
New Car Blue Book Value: $36,825
Five-year service cost: $5,415
One-year insurance cost: $1,638
Resale value after three years: 63% — five years: 43%
City: 22 mpg — Highway: 30 mpg

This full-size coupe shares the fuel-thrifty, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine of the A4 and bests all the entry-luxury competitors on resale value by a couple of percentage points. Resale value is a stellar 63% after three years and 43% after five. A convertible version was added to the A5 lineup for 2010.

Best Resale Value: Over $45,000

2010 Lexus LS 460
Sticker price: $65,555
Dealer cost: $58,438
New Car Blue Book Value: $65,555
Five-year service cost: $5,156
One-year insurance cost: $2,102
Resale value after three years: 59% — five years: 39%
City: 16 mpg — Highway: 24 mpg

A perennial favorite, the LS 460 is also Best in Class. High resale values are part of what gets it there; no other car in this class even comes close to the LS 460’s resale value of 59% after three years.

Best Resale Value: Sports

2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Sticker price: $31,595 (1SS manual)
Dealer cost: $30,365
New Car Blue Book Value: $32,543
Five-year service cost: $3,900
One-year insurance cost: $1,225
Resale value after three years: 62% — five years: 44%
City: 16 mpg — Highway: 24mpg

Also capturing the nod for Best New Car, the highly anticipated Camaro SS features a growling V8 that puts out 426 horses and a retro design inside and out. Not surprisingly, this beast is expected to be in demand on the used market as well, with resale values of 62% after three years and 44% after five.

Best Resale Value: Small Crossovers

2010 Honda CR-V EX AWD
Sticker price: $25,805
Dealer cost: $24,058
New Car Blue Book Value: $25,805
Five-year service cost: $2,997
One-year insurance cost: $1,017
Resale value after three years: 64% — five years: 45%
City: 21 mpg — Highway: 27 mpg

On the resale front, Honda’s small crossover benefits from the brand’s reputation for reliability. Resale value on the top-of-the-line EX trim with all-wheel drive is 64% after three years. The CR-V EX also earns a win as Best in Class.

Best Resale Value: Large and Midsize Crossovers

Tie: 2010 BMW X5 35d AWD
Sticker price: $52,025
Dealer cost: $47,930
New Car Blue Book Value: $52,025
Five-year service cost: $4,099
One-year insurance cost: $2,050
Resale value after three years: 64% — five years: 42%
City: 19 mpg — Highway: 26 mpg

The ultimate suburban status symbol got a clean diesel engine last year, making it all the more desirable. The X5 is on our top-ten list of fast-selling vehicles, and resale value on the diesel version is 64% after three years. It ties with BMW’s X6 35i.

Best Resale Value: Large and Midsize Crossovers

Tie: 2010 BMW X6 35i AWD
Sticker price: $57,125
Dealer cost: $52,620
New Car Blue Book Value: $57,125
Five-year service cost: $3,605
One-year insurance cost: $2,069
Resale value after three years: 64% — five years: 42%
City: 15 mpg — Highway: 21 mpg

A new intro for BMW last year, the X6 is part SUV, part wagon, and all fun to drive. This unique four-seater ties sibling X5 35d for Best Resale, posting values of 64% after three years and 42% after five.

Best Resale Value: Truck-based SUVs

2010 Jeep Wrangler Sport AWD
Sticker price: $21,915 (manual)
Dealer cost: $21,377
New Car Blue Book Value: $21,915
Five-year service cost: $3,975
One-year insurance cost: $1,090
Resale value after three years: 64% — five years: 46%
City: 15 mpg — Highway: 19 mpg

Jeep’s classic off-roading drop-top has several feathers in its cap — low insurance costs, a friendly starting price and plenty of legroom for a small SUV. Resale values are pumped up by the Wrangler’s popularity and Jeep’s loyal buyer base.

Best Resale Value: Minivans

2010 Honda Odyssey EX
Sticker price: $30,615
Dealer cost: $27,808
New Car Blue Book Value: NA
Five-year service cost: $3,601
One-year insurance cost: $1,002
Resale value after three years: 59% — five years: 40%
City: 16 mpg — Highway: 23 mpg

Honda reliability and five-star safety help boost the Odyssey’s long-term value. Resale value after three years is 59% for the EX. The up-to-eight-passenger people mover also has scads of storage.

Best Resale Value: Wagons

2010 Toyota Matrix S
Sticker price: $20,400 (manual)
Dealer cost: $18,729
New Car Blue Book Value: $20,400
Five-year service cost: $3,098
One-year insurance cost: $1,127
Resale value after three years: 62% — five years: 44%
City: 21 mpg — Highway: 29 mpg

Redesigned last year, Toyota’s wagon boasts an impressive mix of economy, utility and safety. Low annual fuel costs and an ergonomic instrument panel accompany a resale value of 62% after three years.

 

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