1. Toyota Tacoma
Trim: Double Cab PreRunner 4D 5 foot pickup
Original MSRP: $18,820
KBB private party value: $8,250
Retained value 43.8%

The Tacoma has taken Kelley Blue Book's best resale value award 10 times for one big reason: You can beat the hell out of it and it'll come back for more.

Durability is a big deal in the Tacoma's world, where car buyers who don't feel they need all the size and strength of a Ford F-Series or Chevy Silverado are drawn to its off-road agility, flexible cargo options and easy handling. This base model, for example, came with a 2.7-liter engine with a scant 150 horsepower and gluttonous 17 miles per gallon fuel efficiency.

The double cab has room for a family of four, though, and the 2003 upgraded antilock brakes to a standard feature and added child restraint system anchors to the back seats. There's plenty of bed space in back for light-duty hauling, but there's also plenty of room to lug family during moves and vacations, and those family budgets are where the Tacoma's real value lies.

-- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore.

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