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Most shoppers focus on saving money on the price of a car -- but buying a vehicle that will maintain its value over the long run is just as important.
Owning a car with a high resale value can save you money when you trade it in after a few years.
Typically, cars are worth 33% of their original value after five years — but the models on this list resell at an impressive 51%, on average. In reverse order, here are the 10 rides with the best resale values, according to Kelley Blue Book.
10. Subaru WRX
- Starting price: $26,995
- Value retained after 5 years: 46.2%
The Subaru WRX is popular among used-car shoppers, and for plenty of good reasons. The 2018 model looks seriously stylish with its low front grille, plus it came with improved handling and comfort, and additional sound insulation for a quieter ride.
Options include Subaru's EyeSight driver-assist safety technology, which monitors traffic movement, optimizes cruise control, and warns if you're moving outside your lane.
The WRX also combines all-wheel-drive traction with 268 turbocharged horsepower, which makes it both safe and fun to drive.
9. Honda Ridgeline
- Starting price: $29,990
- Value retained after 5 years: 46.7%
The Honda Ridgeline drives like an SUV but looks like a truck. It also acts like a truck, with a 5,000-pound towing capacity.
The Ridgeline has an open truck bed coupled with a waterproof hidden compartment underneath for safe, out-of-view storage. For its size, the Ridgeline also has competitive fuel efficiency.
Although its info-tainment offerings are a bit basic, its clever features give the Honda Ridgeline an excellent resale value.
8. Chevrolet Colorado
- Starting price: $20,200
- Value retained after 5 years: 47.5%
Another midsize truck, the Chevrolet Colorado is a great option for drivers seeking space, comfort, towing and hauling power, as well as great fuel economy of 22 mpg.
The truck is also customizable, featuring special paint options, color-matching grille and bumper, and heritage graphics on the 2018 special-edition model.
With an incredible resale value of nearly half its starting price, the Chevrolet Colorado is a great buy. Calculate what your monthly car loan payment would be.
7. Ford F-150
- Starting price: $27,705
- Value retained after 5 years: 49.6%
Kelly Blue Book has named the Ford F-150 the Pickup Truck Best Buy from 2016 to 2019 — and this one just keeps getting better.
In 2018, the design was updated to include aluminum body panels and an aluminum truck bed that’s much lighter than traditional steel. This truck also has special technology that helps you control a trailer, and a nicely appointed interior.
Although there are lots of engines to choose from, the standard was upgraded to a 3.3-liter V6 engine that’s more powerful and fuel efficient than previous models.
6. Chevrolet Silverado
- Starting price: $28,300
- Value retained after 5 years: 50.4%
The Chevy Silverado is the second-best-selling vehicle in America, thanks to its well-rounded performance.
The 2018 version has great transmission, a quiet interior with comfy seats, and solid braking with and without a load.
The Silverado also is reliable, maneuverable and good off-road — and it has an optional 6.2-liter V-8 engine that packs a punch.
5. GMC Sierra
- Starting price: $29,000
- Value retained after 5 years: 51.9%
Aside from its rugged good looks, the 2018 GMC Sierra comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen and rearview camera, plus lots of room for practical and luxury customization.
The Sierra is great for personal and professional use; in the right configuration, this truck can haul more than 12,000 pounds.
With 20 mpg efficiency and a similar build to the ever-popular Chevy Silverado, the Sierra 1500 is the more comfortable choice — for a slightly higher price.
4. Jeep Wrangler
- Starting price: $29,240
- Value retained after 5 years: 54.1%
The classic Jeep Wrangler is a unicorn of an off-roader, somehow getting better and better each year. Coupling its rugged capability with incredible comfort and refinement, the 2018 model has a lot to brag about, besides its high resale value.
It also has an updated engine, expanded dimensions, and great on- and off-road drivability.
This year’s Wrangler comes standard with a 3.6-liter V-6 that’s more efficient than before, getting 18/23 mpg city/highway on the automatic transmission.
3. Toyota 4Runner
- Starting price: $35,855
- Value retained after 5 years: 54.2%
An impressively rugged midsize SUV, the 2018 Toyota 4Runner seats five to seven passengers.
This model has continued to dominate the shrinking field of body-on-frame SUVs.
While its ride and handling aren't as smooth as the comparable Ford Explorer or GMC Acadia, the high resale value makes up for the difference in comfort.
2. Toyota Tundra
- Starting price: $36,845
- Value retained after 5 years: 54.2%
It’s not the cheapest vehicle on this list, but the Toyota Tundra boasts an enviable resale value and towing capacity normally expected of a half-ton truck.
Newly added for the 2018 model are safety features such as pre-collision and pedestrian detection, lane-departure alerts to keep you in your lane, adaptive cruise control and auto high beams.
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1. Toyota Tacoma
- Starting price: $27,275
- Value retained after 5 years: 61.1%
The Toyota Tacoma is a standout fantastic truck, and it has earned the No. 1 rank in resale value from Kelly Blue Book for the fourth year in a row.
The 2018 version comes with Toyota's "Safety Sense" package, which includes forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure alert, adaptive cruise control and auto high beams.
The Tacoma's competitive pricing, outstanding reliability and impressive on- and off-road performance make it a serious truck and have rightfully secured its place as the country's best-selling small pickup for over 10 years.
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