Ford's resale values are all over the map when you look out across the manufacturer's full lineup of vehicles. On the one hand, there's the F-150, which scores very well in the Top 10 at year 5, and the Mustang ranks well too, which stands in the top 20 of popular models. Then there's the Ford Fusion Energi, which simply ran out of steam (or whatever it runs on), and came in dead last at the 3-, 5- and 7-year marks. Ford is in the midst of a model lineup consolidation, so it's no surprise that some of the abandoned models have done poorly on holding their values.
The 2018 is our top pick for the best model year value for the Ford vehicles. With the 2018, you would only pay, on average, 68% of the price as new, with 83% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2016 and 2017 model years are also attractive years for the Ford models, and provide a relatively good value. Our rankings consider multiple factors, including original new prices, current prices, maintenance costs and remaining years of overall predictabe expenses. Our top ranked model year represents the most car for the money with a Ford model.
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We aggregate and analyze millions of automotive data points from a variety of sources, including some of the industry's leading data providers. The historical depreciation tables, charts, values and overall rankings are conducted on a semi-annual basis, with our most recent update published in September 2020.
While the "Useful Lifespan" of a vehicle will vary greatly from one model to the next, and even one owner to the next, we have determined that twelve years is the most appropriate timeframe which will yield us good, usable data - and that any data beyond that timeframe becomes more dispersed, and ultimately less reliable. Moreover, maintenance costs beyond that timeframe become significantly more varied, as a vehicle owner's care of a particular vehicle will greatly impact its value, and ongoing maintenance costs. We are very much hopeful, however, that your car or truck will last well beyond twelve years, and that it gets you to where you want to go.
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