Estimated value after five years: 45.9% of what you paid (vs. a 39.7% industry average) The $11,990 Versa from Nissan ( NSANY) is the least-expensive 2014 on the U.S. market, but KBB expects the subcompact to retain more value after five years than any of its competitors. Ibara says he doesn't know exactly why, given that most subcompacts "are relatively close in appeal, price and performance. "It really just comes down to what
Estimated value after five years: 47.8% of what you paid The Impreza edges out the Civic from Honda ( HMC) to take top honors in this category, with the Subaru enjoying a 47.8% projected retained value after five years vs. 47.4% for the Civic. Ibara attributes the $17,895 Impreza's value retention partly to Subaru effectively advertising its cars' all-wheel-drive capabilities, making the line popular in cold-weather climates. " Toyota ( TM) and Honda get all of the attention
Estimated value after five years: 46.4% of what you paid KBB expects the Accord to hold much of its value over the next five years thanks to the $21,955 car's well-regarded 2013 makeover. "The redesign was met with pretty warm reviews -- and consumers seem to like it, too," Ibara says. "It came out a lot better than the Toyota Camry's 2012 redesign, while responses to the Chevrolet Malibu's 2013 redesign were more lukewarm." He adds that like Subaru, Honda carefully matches production to buyer demand to avoid gluts -- good news for 2014 Accords' future worth in the used-car market.
Estimated value after five years: 43.8% of what you paid "The A5 has just been a very consistent, stellar performer in holding on to its value," Ibara says. "It has great looks and a lot of good luxury features." Audi offers the A5 as either a $39,000 coupe or $44,500 soft-top convertible. All models come standard with turbocharged 220-horsepower four-cylinder engines, while some versions include all-wheel drive and either eight-speed or continuously variable automatic transmissions. Ibara says Volkswagen subsidiary Audi "hits the sweet spot" with the car, manufacturing just enough to meet demand but not so many that used A5 prices suffer. "They don't saturate the market with too much volume, and they don't have to discount the vehicle," he says.
Estimated value after five years: 52% of what you paid The Camaro V6 from General Motors ( GM) not only offers the highest expected retained value of any 2014 sports car, but also ranks No. 2 among all cars regardless of segment. Only the $51,995 Chevy Corvette scores higher (as do some non-car vehicles such as certain SUVs). "The Camaro has been a very strong performer ever since it relaunched in 2010," Ibara says. "It's really been quite a success based on its performance and retro styling, yet it's still reasonably priced." Starting at $23,555 for your choice of either a coupe or convertible, a base Camaro V6 comes standard with a 323-horsepower V6 engine. Or you can buy a Camaro V8 offering up to 550 horsepower and enjoy a projected 51.8% retained value after five years.