KBB has released their evaluation of the cars with the best resale value in multiple categories. We're here we are to sum up KBB’s list of sedans and compact cars with the best resale value for 2017, and how much do cars depreciate.
Here we’re looking at cars with practicality, economic efficiency, moderate performance at best and optimal/tolerable interior space for five seats. What helps KBB reach these resale values is that it calculates each car’s true cost to own over a period of about five years, which measures things like insurance rates and maintenance costs. Keep in mind the average car depreciation from the first year of ownership to the second is around 35%.
For the third time in a row the best subcompact car award is hinged on the Honda Fit. Despite being Honda’s smallest vehicle, the Fit is bigger on the inside than it appears on the outside, and can fit larger items like surfboards or skis, once the rear and passenger seats are folded down. It starts at $17,000 and for that you get 40 mpg highway, comfortable handling, five doors and a resale value at 46.8% after three years.
It’s safe to say that Subaru’s revamped Impreza for the 2017 model year was not a waste. The car has become quieter on the inside, and is the first Subaru to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. More importantly, it retains Subaru’s unparalleled AWD setup, and is the cheapest car to offer AWD standard at $19,215, which makes it great for those folks living up in northern weather. The Impreza also offers 38 mpg on the highway, and a resale value of 54.9% after three years.
Subaru appears to be relentless in the world of sedans, as its Legacy takes the prize of best mid-size car for 2017. With standard AWD, an optional flat-six producing more than 250-hp and the largest cabin of its class, it’s no wonder the Legacy tops the charts of resale value. The base model 2.5i starts at $23,000 while the more powerful 3.6R starts at $32,000. The Subaru Legacy’s resale value has been set at 47.6% after three years.
This car is all about luxury at modest pricing. The Nissan Maxima has attained status as the best full-size car for its comfortable seats, climate control, Nissan Connect, decent horsepower out of a six-cylinder, top safety ratings and decent suspension. The pricing for the Nissan Maxima starts at around $33,400 increasing to just a bit more than $40,000 for the top range trim. It’s resale value has been set at 42.8% after three years.
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