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Best Resale Value Sedans for 2024

The best resale value sedans are determined based on analyzing over 3 million vehicles to calculate how much each sedan model depreciates after 5 years.

The best resale value small and compact car is the Honda Fit (80.1% 5-yr resale value), with the Honda Accord being the best resale value midsize car (68.5% 5-yr resale value). The Dodge Charger ranks #1 for the best resale value large cars (60.9% 5-yr resale value).

The best resale value hybrid car is the Toyota Prius c (72.6% 5-yr resale value), with the Toyota Prius (hatchback) being the best resale value plug-in hybrid car (PHEV) (69.3% 5-yr resale value). The Rolls-Royce Spectre ranks #1 for the best resale value electric cars (58.6% 5-yr resale value).

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How We Rank These Cars

iSeeCars analyzed over 3 million vehicles to calculate the resale value for each model after 5 years. The resale value for a given model is based on the difference between the new car MSRP and the equivalent 5 year-old used car price for the model.

Vehicles within a given category are sorted to show the models with the best resale values first. If two cars have the same resale values, then we break the tie by seeing which vehicle has the higher overall iSeeCars Score. Along with resale value, we show comprehensive iSeeCars ratings for each model, because we believe multiple factors should be taken into account when buyers are seeking the best overall vehicle. Two of these additional factors are reliability and safety, both of which are included in our ratings system.

The overall iSeeCars Score is an analysis of these three key factors: reliability, resale value and safety. It is calculated based on the latest research and analysis by our data science team. The data analysis comes from over 12 million new and used vehicles in our Longest-Lasting Cars and 5-Year Depreciation Studies, combined with NHTSA and IIHS Safety Ratings.

Vehicles are scored in three categories:

Reliability

The reliability score represents an analysis of iSeeCars' proprietary research on the longest-lasting vehicles.

Value Retention

The value retention score is based on our data science team's statistical analysis and prediction of 5-year depreciation from MSRP to determine which cars hold their value best, using US Bureau of Labor Statistics data to adjust for inflation.

Safety

The safety score is calculated based on the last five years of crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and incorporates the latest Top Safety Pick information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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