Every year KBB awards certain cars for having exceptional resale value. KBB eventually chooses the most valuable brands, but to do that KBB evaluates the cars that got them there. KBB provides a comprehensive list of categories, and there are three cars chosen under each category. These lists are helpful to determine how much does a car depreciate.
It would seem like Lexus has the market cornered in luxury cars, maybe because of their ties to Toyota reliability and relatively low cost to own over five years. For now, we’re going to look at a list of the luxury cars with the least depreciation. Keep in mind the average new car depreciation depreciation from the first year of ownership to the second is around 35%. That applies to every new car, not just the rate of luxury car depreciation.
Amazingly, for the third time in a row and competing against BMW, Audi and Mercedes, the Lexus GS claims the award for the best luxury car. The Lexus GS is offered in four different trims, one equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, one with a 5.0-liter eight-cylinder engine producing more than 450-hp, a 3.5-liter six-cylinder and a hybrid. Now standard on the car is a pre-collision system, lane departure alert and all speed dynamic cruise control. KBB gives this car a resale value of 42-percent after three years.
With a starting price tag of around $41,000 the Lexus RC takes the award for entry-level luxury cars. It’s got some interesting options, particularly a six-cylinder engine coupled with an AWD layout, an RWD or AWD 300-hp 6-cylinder, or the $65,000 eight-cylinder producing more than 450-hp as part of the Lexus RC F. KBB gives the RC a resale value of 58% after three years.
Starting at an incredible $78,000, it’s no wonder the Porsche Panamera takes the best high-end luxury car award. The Panamera now offers a new turbocharged six-cylinder that makes more than 300-hp, and continues to offer its 550-hp 8-cylinder engine. With four doors and excellent performance, plenty of trunk space and the comfort of a seven-speed dual clutch transmission it’s no wonder KBB has given the Porsche Panamera a resale value of 48.5% after three years.
This is the second consecutive year that the best luxury compact suv award has gone to the Porsche Macan. Designed to handle well and provide optimal comfort, the Porsche Macan has gone down in price since last year from $55,000 to $48,000 and offers multiple engine options, including an inline-four that produces more than 250-hp, and three more 6-cylinder engines the most powerful of which makes about 400-hp. KBB gives the Porsche Macan a resale value of 62.5% after three years.
Taking the helm of larger SUVs, the Lexus RX comes through, with its starting price at slightly less than $44,000. Offered with two layouts, FWD or AWD, the RX delivers sport suspension and exterior options, and with its higher end options, the F Sport option, the Lexus RX comes in at near $55,000 which is cheaper than the BMW X5 and Mercedes GLE. KBB has given the Lexus RX a resale value of 53.8% after three years.
Here to complete the lineup for best luxury cars as a full-size SUV is the Lexus LX 570. It starts at around $90,000 which is high, but with off-road suspension and modes, equipped with the 5.7-liter eight-cylinder engine that makes more than 380-hp the LX 570 is ready to tackle plenty of adventure and in a comfortable way. KBB has given the LX 570 a resale value of 56% after three years.
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