Cars with the Best Resale After 3 Years

Depreciation in vehicles is virtually unavoidable. Recognizing this, we wanted to provide you with the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to those vehicles that perform well in holding their value - and equally so, those that don't. Most auto research sites have to be careful in what they publish in order to not upset their dealer customers, and with such, they will just show you the good news. We, on the other hand, provide you the entire list, from best to worst, with more than 200 vehicle makes and models ranked semi-annually.

Best Brands for Resale Value After 3 Years

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1. Subaru

Subaru ranks first (#1) in retained value after 3, 5 and 7 years of ownership. Read our analysis and view the Subaru depreciation curve here.
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2. Mazda

Mazda's resale values have improved, relative to their peers, and their rankings have climbed to the Top 5 range at all three time intervals. Read our analysis and view the Mazda depreciation curve here.
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3. Ram

The Ram brand does OK, relative to other popular vehicle brands, in retaining its value. Read our analysis and view the Ram depreciation curve here.
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4. Volkswagen

Even though they finally had to re-retire the Beetle, Volkswagen scored in the top half of vehicle manufacturers for value retention after 3, 5, and 7 years. Read our analysis and view the Volkswagen depreciation curve here.
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5. Honda

Honda continues to show strong value-retention results, with Top 5 finishes in all three measurement periods. Read our analysis and view the Honda depreciation curve here.

Brands with the Best Resale After 3 Years

Rank Brand 3 Year Resale Value
1 Subaru 87.39%
2 Mazda 87.29%
3 Ram 87.27%
4 Volkswagen 86.99%
5 Honda 86.21%
6 Toyota 85.52%
7 Mitsubishi 85.14%
8 Dodge 83.65%
9 Kia 83.40%
10 Jeep 83.12%
11 Hyundai 83.01%
12 Chevrolet 82.79%
13 Ford 82.61%
14 GMC 82.20%
15 Nissan 81.31%
16 Chrysler 78.43%
17 Buick 78.42%

Best Cars for Resale Value After 3 Years

Cars with the Best Resale After 3 Years

Rank Model 3 Year Residual Value
1 Subaru Forester 91.74%
2 Nissan Frontier 91.16%
3 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD 90.73%
4 GMC Sierra 1500 90.60%
5 Mitsubishi Mirage 90.40%
6 Mazda CX-5 90.11%
7 Mazda MX-5 Miata 90.01%
8 Honda Accord 90.00%
9 Ram 3500 89.67%
10 Toyota Tacoma 89.65%
11 Ford F-350 Super Duty 89.00%
12 Ford F-250 Super Duty 89.00%
13 Volkswagen Tiguan 89.00%
14 Honda Odyssey 89.00%
15 Hyundai Veloster 88.53%
16 Jeep Wrangler 88.03%
17 Honda Civic 88.00%
18 Kia Rio 88.00%
19 Chevrolet Traverse 87.99%
20 MINI Clubman 87.75%
21 Ford F-150 87.59%
22 Jeep Compass 87.58%
23 Subaru Outback 87.55%
24 Chevrolet Spark 87.40%
25 Ram 1500 87.27%
26 Toyota Prius 87.00%
27 Toyota 4Runner 87.00%
28 GMC Canyon 87.00%
29 Ford F-450 Super Duty 86.96%
30 Honda Pilot 86.88%
31 Nissan Titan XD 86.81%
32 Subaru Legacy 86.74%
33 Toyota Tundra 86.40%
34 Toyota Highlander 86.34%
35 Chevrolet Corvette 86.31%
36 Nissan Sentra 86.31%
37 Dodge Charger 86.29%
38 Dodge Durango 86.23%
39 Ram 2500 86.17%
40 Ford Transit Connect 86.00%
41 Chevrolet Camaro 86.00%
42 Chevrolet Express 86.00%
43 Chevrolet Colorado 86.00%
44 Subaru Crosstrek 85.90%
45 Mazda 3 85.87%
46 Honda Ridgeline 85.80%
47 Nissan Versa 85.60%
48 Hyundai Sonata 85.34%
49 Toyota Sequoia 85.28%
50 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 85.01%
51 Subaru Impreza 85.00%
52 Ford Edge 85.00%
53 Toyota Camry 85.00%
54 Kia Sportage 85.00%
55 Honda CR-V 85.00%
56 Volkswagen Jetta 84.98%
57 GMC Sierra 3500HD 84.79%
58 Chevrolet Malibu 84.00%
59 Toyota Avalon 84.00%
60 Toyota Sienna 84.00%
61 GMC Acadia 83.63%
62 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 83.21%
63 Mazda CX-9 83.15%
64 Kia Forte 83.00%
65 Kia Soul 83.00%
66 Toyota Corolla 83.00%
67 Hyundai Tucson 83.00%
68 Toyota RAV4 83.00%
69 GMC Terrain 83.00%
70 Honda Insight 83.00%
71 Ford Expedition 82.76%
72 Ram Promaster Cargo Van 82.23%
73 Ford Explorer 82.06%
74 Hyundai Elantra 82.00%
75 Honda HR-V 82.00%
76 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 81.56%
77 Chevrolet Equinox 81.52%
78 GMC Sierra 2500HD 81.41%
79 Nissan LEAF 81.11%
80 Buick Encore 81.06%
81 Hyundai Accent 81.00%
82 Nissan Rogue 81.00%
83 Nissan Titan 80.33%
84 Ford Mustang 80.00%
85 Mitsubishi Outlander 80.00%
86 Jeep Cherokee 79.64%
87 Nissan GT-R 78.82%
88 Dodge Challenger 78.43%
89 Chrysler 300 78.43%
90 Hyundai Santa Fe 78.17%
91 Nissan Maxima 78.00%
92 GMC Yukon 78.00%
93 Nissan Murano 78.00%
94 Kia Sorento 78.00%
95 Chevrolet Trax 77.91%
96 Nissan Altima 77.59%
97 Jeep Grand Cherokee 77.22%
98 Chevrolet Suburban 77.00%
99 Buick Enclave 75.79%
100 Chevrolet Tahoe 75.00%
101 Ford Escape 74.89%
102 Nissan Armada 71.00%
103 GMC Yukon XL 71.00%