Best Resale Value Trucks
The best resale value trucks are determined based on analyzing over 3 million vehicles to calculate how much each truck model depreciates after 5 years.
The best resale value midsize truck is the Toyota Tacoma (86.2% 5-yr resale value), with the Toyota Tundra being the best resale value full-size truck (80.5% 5-yr resale value).
Unlike sports cars or midsize SUVs, pickup trucks can serve so many needs, from towing massive trailers to hauling heavy payloads to off-roading in remote areas, they tend to have the highest resale value compared to other vehicle types. This is true of both full-size pickup trucks, like the Ford F-Series and Chevrolet Silverado, as well as midsize pickup trucks like the Ford Ranger and Nissan Frontier.
But like every new vehicle, trucks still suffer depreciation throughout their years of ownership. Truck buyers, whether shopping for full-size trucks like the Ram 1500 or compact trucks like the Ford Maverick, should consider which of these trucks have a high resale value, alongside more common considerations like bed length and towing capacity.
While luxury brands like Porsche and Lexus have a long history of strong resale value, new truck shoppers have a limited number of automakers to choose from. Heavy duty truck options are even more limited, with just four models – the Chevy Silverado 2500, Ford F-250 Super Duty, GMC Sierra 2500 HD, and Ram 2500 HD – representing the bulk of heavy duty truck sales. These models carry the highest MSRP of all trucks, with most of them leaving dealerships costing well above the average new car price. This only increased the critical nature of resale value when buying a heavy duty truck, as owners will want as much of their up front costs back when the truck is several model years old and ready for a replacement.
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).