The Best Used Cars For Your Money

The average vehicle drops in value by 35% in three years. That seems pretty rough -- if you bought the car new. But it also means a used car shopper can get a car that sold new for $35,000 for just under $23,000 three years later.

But lots of cars depreciate even more than 35%, meaning buyers can get big bargains on late-model vehicles.

Used car search engine iSeeCars.com analyzed more than 4.1 million car sales to identify models with the greatest loss in value after three years -- that's usually when leased cars enter the used market. Based on the iSeeCars analysis, here are the cars and SUVs with the highest depreciation, and the best bang for your buck. We also included minivans and pickups at the end.

(Photo: Ivan Kurmyshov / Shutterstock)

BMW 5 Series
BMW 5 Series

BMW 5 Series

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $30,846
  • Depreciation: 52.6%

Photo: Taxiarchos228/Wikipedia

Volkswagen Passat
Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen Passat

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $14,906
  • Depreciation: 50.7%

Photo: Darren Brode / Shutterstock

Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $34,010
  • Depreciation: 49.9%

Photo: order_242 from Chile/Wikipedia

BMW 3 Series
BMW 3 Series

BMW 3 Series

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $24,024
  • Depreciation: 49.8%

Photo: Navigator84/Wikipedia

Ford Taurus
Ford Taurus

Ford Taurus

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $18,098
  • Depreciation: 49.7%

Photo: Ed Aldridge / Shutterstock

Chrysler 200
Chrysler 200

Chrysler 200

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $14,011
  • Depreciation: 48.4%

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Volkswagen Jetta
Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen Jetta

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $13,157
  • Depreciation: 48.1%

Photo: Darren Brode / Shutterstock

Audi A3
Audi A3

Audi A3

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $21,120
  • Depreciation: 47.9%

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Cadillac SRX
Cadillac SRX

Cadillac SRX

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $26,291
  • Depreciation: 47.2%

Photo: NHTSA/Wikipedia

Buick Enclave
Buick Enclave

Buick Enclave

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $26,620
  • Depreciation: 46.8%

Photo: Ed Aldridge / Shutterstock

Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $27,007
  • Depreciation: 46.4%

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Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Mercedes-Benz M-Class

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $34,628
  • Depreciation: 46.2%

Photo: EurovisionNim/Wikipedia

BMW 4 Series
BMW 4 Series

BMW 4 Series

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $31,196
  • Depreciation: 46.2%

Photo: Roman Vyshnikov / Shutterstock

Mazda 6
Mazda 6

Mazda 6

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $15,732
  • Depreciation: 45.9%

Photo: Ivan Kurmyshov / Shutterstock

Ford Focus
Ford Focus

Ford Focus

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $12,061
  • Depreciation: 45.7%

Photo: Ivan Kurmyshov / Shutterstock

Kia Forte
Kia Forte

Kia Forte

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $11,545
  • Depreciation: 45.4%

Photo: Darren Brode / Shutterstock

Acura TLX
Acura TLX

Acura TLX

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $22,319
  • Depreciation: 44.5%

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Lincoln MKC
Lincoln MKC

Lincoln MKC

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $24,544
  • Depreciation: 44.3%

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BMW X5
BMW X5

BMW X5

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $39,268
  • Depreciation: 44.1%

Photo: EurovisionNim/Wikipedia

GMC Acadia
GMC Acadia

GMC Acadia

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $26,164
  • Depreciation: 43.1%

Photo: Wikipedia

Kia Sorento
Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $17,939
  • Depreciation: 42.9%

Photo: Wikipedia

Buick Encore
Buick Encore

Buick Encore

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $17,003
  • Depreciation: 42.8%

Photo: Ed Aldridge / Shutterstock.

Acura MDX
Acura MDX

Acura MDX

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $30,500
  • Depreciation: 42.2%

Photo: Ivan Kurmyshov / Shutterstock

Chevrolet Traverse
Chevrolet Traverse

Chevrolet Traverse

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $22,507
  • Depreciation: 41.7%

Photo: Ed Aldridge / Shutterstock

Chrysler Town and Country
Chrysler Town and Country

Minivans:

Chrysler Town and Country

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $20,215
  • Depreciation: 42.3%

The average depreciation for minivans is slightly lower than cars: 34.4%, according to iSeecars.

Photo: Ed Aldridge / Shutterstock

Honda Odyssey
Honda Odyssey

Honda Odyssey

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $25,676
  • Depreciation: 34.2%

Photo: Ed Aldridge / Shutterstock

Toyota Sienna
Toyota Sienna

Toyota Sienna

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $24,064
  • Depreciation: 33.2%

Photo: Ed Aldridge / Shutterstock

Ram Pickup 1500
Ram Pickup 1500

Pickup Trucks:

Ram Pickup 1500

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $41,803
  • Depreciation: 33.2%
The average depreciation for pickup trucks is 23.3%.

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Ford F-150
Ford F-150

Ford F-150

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $48,685
  • Depreciation: 32.4%

Photo: Tuner tom /Wikipedia

GMC Sierra 1500
GMC Sierra 1500

GMC Sierra 1500

  • Average 3-year-old used price: $44,284
  • Depreciation: 26.7%

Photo: Wikipedia

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This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.

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