Top 10 2012 Cars With The Best Resale Value

By Ronald Kimmons. May 7th 2016

One of the main reasons that people have for buying used cars instead of new cars is the fact that a new car’s resale value drops drastically immediately after purchase. However, not all cars lose value at the same rate. Before purchasing a new car, one thing you should take into account is its ability to hold its value – especially if you intend to sell it within a few years. Every year, the Kelly Blue Book – the industry standard for determining automobile values – designates the models with the best current resale values. The following models are the ones with the best resale values as of 2012 according to the Kelly Blue Book.

2012 Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler is an iconic sport utility vehicle that is famous for being the descendent of the vehicle used by the U.S. Armed Forces during the Second World War and other conflicts. It has a compact size and the ability to take on very rugged terrain. According to the Kelly Blue Book, the 2012 Jeep Wrangler is expected to retain 68 percent of its original value at 36 months and 55 percent at 60 months.

2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser

Another sport utility vehicle, the Toyota FJ Cruiser is larger than the Jeep Wrangler. Like the Wrangler, it is well-proven as an off-road vehicle with 4X4 capabilities. It has been widely embraced by off-road enthusiasts. The Kelly Blue Book reports that the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser is expected to retain 67 percent of its value at 36 months and 50 percent at 60 months.

2012 Toyota Tacoma

The Toyota Tacoma is a compact pickup truck that offers both utility and economy. While the Ford Ranger used to be the best-selling compact pickup in the United States, Ford has halted production of that model, allowing Toyota to lead the market space. It is larger than the compact pickups manufactured by GM, and its resale value is significantly higher than what the Dodge Dakota and Nissan Frontier can offer. Its expected resale value is 64 percent of the original value at 36 months and 49 percent at 60 months.

2012 Hyundai Tucson

Until recently, Hyundai was widely seen as a manufacturer of sub-par “throwaway” vehicles whose only virtues were price and fuel economy. Auto financing firms often refused to finance Hyundais – even new ones – because of negative perceptions regarding resale value. However, the company has quickly recreated itself as a legitimate manufacturer of quality vehicles. By ranking #4 in the Kelly Blue Book listing for 2012, the Hyundai Tucson shows just how far the company has come. Its expected resale value is 64.3 percent of the original value at 36 months and 45.3 percent at 60 months.

2012 Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 is the highest-ranked European car on the list. Like many VW/Audi vehicles, it offers buyers an optional diesel engine that promises exemplary reliability and economy. It is a large vehicle – the first on the list with third-row seating. Its expected resale value is 63.3 percent of the original value at 36 months and 44.3 percent at 60 months.

2012 Infinity FX

Infinity is the luxury division of Japanese manufacturer Nissan. Its FX model, like the Audi Q7, is a sleek, stylish sport utility vehicle intended to spend most of its time on pavement. Its high ranking for resale value comes despite its mid-level performance against other vehicles in its class when it comes to power and economy. Its expected resale value is 58 percent of the original value at 36 months and 44 percent at 60 months.

2012 Honda CR-V

The Japanese manufacturer Honda is renowned for producing vehicles that are affordable, economical and reliable and that hold their value over time. Fighting against models such as the Chevrolet Equinox, Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escape, the Honda CR-V sits in a highly competitive market space. However, the fact that it retains value better than any of these rivals helps it to remain in a confident position. Its expected resale value is 58 percent of the original value at 36 months and 43.5 percent at 60 months.

2012 Lexus RX

Lexus – the luxury division of Toyota – pioneered the luxury-crossover design with the RX. While various competing models have emerged since the RX’s debut, it remains a leader in the market space. Its continuing desirability is reflected in its inclusion on this list. While it ranks high for fuel economy against competing vehicles, it ranks low in power and performance. Its expected resale value is 64 percent of the original value at 36 months and 43 percent at 60 months.

2012 Nissan Frontier

While the Toyota Tacoma is a compact pickup truck, the Nissan Frontier is a mid-size pickup truck, competing directly with the Dodge Dakota. The Crew Cab version of the Frontier holds 56.2 percent of its original value at 36 months and 42.7 percent at 60 months.

2012 Chevrolet Camaro

The continuation of an American legacy, the Chevrolet Camaro is the only sports car on this list. With its exemplary horsepower and safety rating, the Camaro is a stylish high-performance vehicle that draws a lot of attention. Its expected resale value is 57 percent of the original value at 36 months and 42.2 percent at 60 months.

If resale value is an important factor to your new car purchase, then keep these vehicles in mind when you are on the market for a new vehicle. They might be able to fetch you a decent resale price down the line.

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