Vehicles With Worst Resale Value

Purchasing a luxury or electric vehicle new may not always be the best financial decision.

When considering the cost of a new vehicle, most consumers take into account the initial purchase price of the car or truck, and maybe the cost of fuel, insurance, and maintenance.

10 Vehicles With The Best Resale Value

Far fewer shoppers consider the eventual resale value of their chosen vehicle when making a new-car purchase. Yet it is resale value that can have the most profound impact on the overall cost of owning and operating a vehicle.

For example, consider that a $25,000 compact car that depreciates only 40 percent over five years will bring $5000 more at trade-in time than will a similar car that depreciates 60 percent. Trade-in-value spreads of that magnitude are not uncommon.

We recently looked at the ten vehicles that were worth the most–as a percentage of the acquisition price–five years after having been purchased new. You can read that story here.

Here, we’ll look at the worst resale-value performers, as reported by ISeeCars.com. ISeeCars calculates the new-car value of vehicles it analyzes by looking back on the average asking price for a given brand-new model as listed on its site five years ago. Those values are compared to prices of the same model-year vehicles now listed as used on the site.

In this manner, ISeeCars avoids having to allow for the impact of incentives or dealer discounting, as those factors would be represented in the vehicle’s asking price.

You can read the entire ISeeCars resale-value report here.

If you’ve ever owned a car that you thought held its value especially poorly, please tell us about it. The place to leave comments is down below.


  • As you often hear in commercials for investment products, past performance is no guarantee of future results. While the vehicles on this list are likely to remain weak performers in the used-car market, factors such as gas prices, changing consumer tastes, and/or a redesign of the vehicle could cause the resale value of these model lines to rise in the coming years.
  • Per the ISeeCars.com report, the average car retains 50.2 percent of its value after five years.
  • Prices for the BMW 6-Series include all variations of the 6-Series model lineup, including the coupe, convertible, and Gran Coupe sedan.
  • Prices for the Chevrolet Impala do not include the previous-generation Impala Limited (which was available to fleet customers), or any law-enforcement variations of the model.
  • Purchases prices seen here for the Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf electric vehicles to not reflect the available $7500 federal tax credit, nor any state or local tax incentives–as they are generally not applied at the time of purchase. The Ford Fusion Energi, which is a plug-in hybrid, qualifies for a $4007 federal tax credit. These initial-purchase inducements have a considerable impact on the total cost of ownership of these vehicles.

10 Vehicles With The Best Resale Value

Vehicles With Worst Resale Value

Nissan Leaf

Five-Year Value Retention: 28.3%

2018 Nissan Leaf

2018 Nissan Leaf

Average Price New (2013): $32,592

Average Price Used (2018): $9923

Test Drive: 2018 Nissan Leaf


Chevrolet Volt

Five-Year Value Retention: 28.8%

2018 Chevrolet Volt

2018 Chevrolet Volt

Average Price New (2013): $40,805

Average Price Used (2018): $12,652

Test Drive: Chevrolet Volt


BMW 7-Series

Five-Year Value Retention: 28.9%

2018 BMW 7-Series

2018 BMW 7-Series

Average Price New (2013): $94,292

Average Price Used (2018): $29,290

Test Drive: 2018 BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance


Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Five-Year Value Retention: 30.1%

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Average Price New (2013): $105,289

Average Price Used (2018): $34,090

More on the S-Class


Ford Fusion Energi

Five-Year Value Retention: 30.6%

2018 Ford Fusion Energi

2018 Ford Fusion Energi

Average Price New (2013): $41,841

Average Price Used (2018): $13,766

More on the Fusion


BMW 6-Series

Five-Year Value Retention: 31.7%

2018 6-Series Gran Coupe

2018 6-Series Gran Coupe

Average Price New (2013): $97,974

Average Price Used (2018): $33,442

More on the 6-Series


BMW 5-Series

Five-Year Value Retention: 32.7%

2018 BMW 5-Series

2018 BMW 5-Series

Average Price New (2013): $59,471

Average Price Used (2018): $20,911

Test Drive: 2018 BMW M5


Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Five-Year Value Retention: 32.8%

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Average Price New (2013): $63,416

Average Price Used (2018): $22,358

More on the E-Class


Jaguar XJL

Five-Year Value Retention: 33.6%

2018 Jaguar XJL

2018 Jaguar XJL

Average Price New (2013): $86,035

Average Price Used (2018): $31,098

More on the Jaguar XJL


Chevrolet Impala

Five-Year Value Retention: 33.8%

2018 IChevrolet Impala

2018 Chevrolet Impala

Average Price New (2013): $27,383

Average Price Used (2018): $9966

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