13 best new cars of 2014 with the highest resale value

These new vehicles have the highest projected three-year resale values in their respective categories. A vehicle’s resale value -- what it is expected to be worth three and five years down the road -- is an important measure of its overall value and appeal. These figures are the estimated price a dealer would pay if you traded in the vehicle, expressed as a percentage of the original sticker price.

Resale values come from a complex set of calculations based in part on historical data and economic predictions, as well as competition in each automotive segment, how appealing a car's brand is, and supply (including fleet sales and leases) versus demand.

To win the Best Resale award, the model must first be selected as one of our top 25 vehicles in its category. A vehicle is not eligible for the award if another trim level of the same model has won Best Resale in a lower price category.



1. Under $20,000: Subaru Impreza 2.0i hatchback
Resale value: 3-year: 63%; 5-year: 48%
Sticker price: $19,190 (manual)
Invoice price: $18,364

2. $20,000-$25,000: Honda Accord LX
Resale value: 3-year: 59%; 5-year: 45%
Sticker price: $23,545
Invoice price: $21,620

3. $25,000-$30,000: Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback
Resale value: 3-year: 66%; 5-year: 49%
Sticker price: $26,790 (manual)
Invoice price: $25,338

4. $30,000-$40,000: Lexus ES 350
Resale value: 3-year: 65%; 5-year: 47%
Sticker price: $37,380
Invoice price: $35,072

5. $40,000-$50,000: Lexus IS 350 Sport
Resale value: 3-year: 65%; 5-year: 46%
Sticker price: $40,375 (rear-wheel drive)
Invoice price: $37,613

6. $50,000 and Over: Lexus LS 460
Resale value: 3-year: 59%; 5-year: 45%
Sticker price: $73,050 (rear-wheel drive)
Invoice price: $67,278

7. Sports Cars: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT
Resale value: 3-year: 66%; 5-year: 53%
Sticker price: $51,995 (manual)
Invoice price: $47,405

8. Wagons: Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium
Resale value: 3-year: 62%; 5-year: 44%
Sticker price: $27,620
Invoice price: $26,033

9. Minivans: Toyota Sienna L
Resale value: 3-year: 59%; 5-year: 43%
Sticker price: $27,780
Invoice price: $25,760

10. Small Crossovers: Audi Q5 TDI Premium Plus
Resale value: 3-year: 62%; 5-year: 42%
Sticker price: $47,395
Invoice price: $44,142

11. Midsize Crossovers: Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTEC
Resale value: 3-year: 65%; 5-year: 44%
Sticker price: $52,715
Invoice price: $49,090

12. Large Crossovers: Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC
Resale value: 3-year: 69%; 5-year: 49%
Sticker price: $63,925
Invoice price: $59,515

13. Truck-based SUVs: Toyota FJ Cruiser 4WD
Resale value: 3-year: 81%; 5-year: 69%
Sticker price: $29,580
Invoice price: $27,569

SOURCES: Kelley Blue Book (new vehicle data & ownership costs); Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (Top Safety Pick)

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