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Best Resale Value SUVs for 2024

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

The best resale value subcompact SUV is the Subaru Crosstrek (73% 5-yr resale value), with the Lexus UX 200 being the best resale value luxury subcompact SUV (65.4% 5-yr resale value). The Toyota RAV4 ranks #1 for the best resale value small and compact SUVs (71.3% 5-yr resale value).

The best resale value luxury small and compact SUV is the Lexus NX 300 (61.5% 5-yr resale value) and the best resale value midsize SUV is the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (76.3% 5-yr resale value). Topping the list for the best resale value luxury midsize SUVs is the Lexus RX 350 (57.5% 5-yr resale value), while the Toyota Land Cruiser ranks first for the best resale value large SUVs (63.8% 5-yr resale value).

The best resale value luxury large SUV is the Lexus LX 570 (54.7% 5-yr resale value), with the Subaru Crosstrek being the best resale value crossover SUV (73% 5-yr resale value). The Lexus UX 200 ranks #1 for the best resale value luxury crossover SUVs (65.4% 5-yr resale value).

The best resale value three-row SUV is the Toyota RAV4 (71.3% 5-yr resale value) and the best resale value luxury three-row SUV is the Lexus TX 350 (56.7% 5-yr resale value). Topping the list for the best resale value hybrid SUVs is the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (Plug-in Hybrid) (72.2% 5-yr resale value), while the Lexus UX 250h ranks first for the best resale value luxury hybrid SUVs (62% 5-yr resale value).

The best resale value plug-in hybrid SUV (PHEV) is the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (Plug-in Hybrid) (72.2% 5-yr resale value), with the Lexus RX 450h+ being the best resale value luxury plug-in hybrid SUVs (PHEV) (56.9% 5-yr resale value). The Toyota bZ4X ranks #1 for the best resale value electric SUVs (57.3% 5-yr resale value).

The best resale value luxury electric SUV is the Lexus RZ 450e (48.6% 5-yr resale value) and the best resale value 7-seater SUV is the Toyota Grand Highlander (65.5% 5-yr resale value). Topping the list for the best resale value electric 7-seater SUVs is the Kia EV9 (41.6% 5-yr resale value), while the Lexus TX 350 ranks first for the best resale value luxury 7-seater SUVs (56.7% 5-yr resale value).

The best resale value electric luxury 7-seater SUV is the Rivian R1S (33.3% 5-yr resale value), which is also the best resale value electric luxury 7-seater SUV. The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited ranks #1 for the best resale value 5-seater SUVs (76.3% 5-yr resale value).

The best resale value 6-seater SUV is the Jeep Grand Cherokee L (61.1% 5-yr resale value) and the best resale value 8-seater SUV is the Toyota Land Cruiser (63.8% 5-yr resale value). Topping the list for the best resale value luxury 5-seater SUVs is the Lexus UX 200 (65.4% 5-yr resale value), while the Volvo XC90 ranks first for the best resale value luxury 6-seater SUVs (45.6% 5-yr resale value).

The best resale value luxury 8-seater SUV is the Lexus LX 570 (54.7% 5-yr resale value).

Buyers shopping for their next new vehicle or SUV will typically consider things like sticker price (or MSRP), fuel efficiency, and insurance costs. But often the most expensive factor when buying a new car is resale value. That’s because almost any vehicle purchased new will lose value over time. This drop in value is called depreciation, and the rate of depreciation will be reflected in the vehicle’s retained value after a given timeframe. The faster a vehicle loses value the less it will be worth when it’s time to sell it or use it as a trade-in for the next vehicle purchase (dealers will use a car’s residual value to determine how to price it for trade-in value) .

This rate of depreciation can vary substantially between vehicles. For instance, full-size luxury SUVs tend to depreciate faster than non-luxury full-size SUVs. But even within a given segment, such as midsize pickups, the Toyota Tacoma depreciates at a much lower rate than its direct competitor, the Nissan Frontier. The same is true in the full-size pickup truck segment, where the Toyota Tundra has a better resale value than the Ford F-150 or Nissan Titan.

Different vehicle categories, and “hot” new models in high demand, will also have different resale values. Sports cars like the Chevrolet Corvette or Ford Mustang GT500, and utility vehicles like the Ford Bronco, Ford Maverick, Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade, continue to sell at or above MSRP, even after being out for several model years.

Some automakers consistently produce the best cars for resale value. Honda, Lexus, Subaru, Tesla, and Toyota are brands that tend to do well on various annual best resale value awards programs. Models like the Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Lexus LS, Subaru Forester, Subaru Outback, Tesla Model X and Toyota Camry are cars that hold their value well, reflecting strong demand on the used car market.

But whether a consumer is considering a minivan, off-road SUV, heavy duty truck or electric vehicle, resale value will be among the most important considerations for shoppers looking to save money when it’s time to sell or trade-in their vehicle.

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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 | 33.3%

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

Value Retention | 33.3%

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 | 33.3%

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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