New Cars With the Best Resale Values

New cars lose value as soon as they are driven off the lot. The average new car is worth just 40% of its purchase price after five years, according to Car Fax.

How much a car depreciates is a critical factor in getting the most for your money when buying or leasing a new car. A vehicle with strong resale value will pay off at trade-in time, or help lower monthly lease payments.

Car shopping and review site Edmunds.com lists the cars and SUVs with the best retained values, noting brands and models that have the highest projected private party value five years after their launch. The private party value is expressed as a percentage of their average True Market Value as calculated by Edmunds.

Here are the vehicles by category, from compact cars to luxury SUVs, that keep their value best:

Compact Cars: Honda Civic
Compact Cars: Honda Civic

Compact Cars:

Honda Civic

Starts at: $19,450

Photo: Honda

Toyota Corolla
Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla

Starts at: $18,700

Photo: Toyota

Subaru Impreza
Subaru Impreza

Subaru Impreza

Starts at: $18,595

Photo: Subaru

Luxury Compact Cars: Audi A3
Luxury Compact Cars: Audi A3

Luxury Compact Cars:

Audi A3

Starts at: $32,500

Photo: Audi

Acura ILX
Acura ILX

Acura ILX

Starts at: $25,900

Photo: Acura

Lexus IS 300
Lexus IS 300

Lexus IS 300

Starts at: $38,410

Photo: Lexus

Midsize Cars: Honda Accord
Midsize Cars: Honda Accord

Midsize Cars:

Honda Accord

Starts at: $23,720

Photo: Honda

Toyota Camry
Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry

Starts at: $23,845

Photo: Toyota

Subaru Legacy
Subaru Legacy

Subaru Legacy

Starts at: $22,545

Photo: Subaru

Luxury Midsize Cars: Lexus ES 350
Luxury Midsize Cars: Lexus ES 350

Luxury Midsize Cars:

Lexus ES 350

Starts at: $39,600

Photo: Lexus

Lexus GS 350
Lexus GS 350

Lexus GS 350

Starts at: $50,765

Photo: Lexus

Cadillac CT6
Cadillac CT6

Cadillac CT6

Starts at: $50,495

Photo: Cadillac

Large Cars: Dodge Charger
Large Cars: Dodge Charger

Large Cars:

Dodge Charger

Starts at: $28,995

Photo: Dodge

Chevrolet Impala
Chevrolet Impala

Chevrolet Impala

Starts at: $28,020

Photo: Chevrolet

Toyota Avalon
Toyota Avalon

Toyota Avalon

Starts at: $35,500

Photo: Toyota

Luxury Large Cars: Porsche Panamera
Luxury Large Cars: Porsche Panamera

Luxury Large Cars:

Porsche Panamera

Starts at: $85,000

Photo: Porsche

Audi A7
Audi A7

Audi A7

Starts at: $68,000

Photo: Audi

Mercedes-Benz CLS Class
Mercedes-Benz CLS Class

Mercedes-Benz CLS Class

Starts at: $69,200

Photo: Mercedes

Sports Cars: Subaru WRX
Sports Cars: Subaru WRX

Sports Cars:

Subaru WRX

Starts at: $27,195

Photo: Subaru

Ford Mustang
Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang

Starts at: $26,395

Photo: Ford

Chevrolet Camaro
Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet Camaro

Starts at: $25,000

Photo: Chevrolet

Luxury Sports Cars: Porsche 911
Luxury Sports Cars: Porsche 911

Luxury Sports Cars:

Porsche 911

Starts at: $91,100

Photo: Porsche

Chevrolet Corvette
Chevrolet Corvette

Chevrolet Corvette

Starts at: $55,900

Photo: Chevrolet

BMW M2
BMW M2

BMW M2

Starts at: $58,900

Photo: BMW

Compact SUV: Honda CR-V
Compact SUV: Honda CR-V

Compact SUV:

Honda CR-V

Starts at: $24,350

Photo: Honda

Luxury Compact SUV: Porsche Macan
Luxury Compact SUV: Porsche Macan

Luxury Compact SUV:

Porsche Macan

Starts at: $47,800

Photo: Porsche

Midsize SUV: Toyota 4Runner
Midsize SUV: Toyota 4Runner

Midsize SUV:

Toyota 4Runner

Starts at: $34,910

Photo: Toyota

Luxury Midsize SUV: Lexus GX 460
Luxury Midsize SUV: Lexus GX 460

Luxury Midsize SUV:

Lexus GX 460

Starts at: $52,355

Photo: Lexus

Large SUV: Toyota Sequoia
Large SUV: Toyota Sequoia

Large SUV:

Toyota Sequoia

Starts at: $48,700

Photo: Toyota

Luxury Large SUV: Cadillac Escalade
Luxury Large SUV: Cadillac Escalade

Luxury Large SUV:

Cadillac Escalade

Starts at: $75,195

Photo: Cadillac

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