New Report: 10 Cars That Hold Their Value the Most

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In inflationary times, it’s increasingly important that consumers look for value in the things they buy. This is especially true when it comes to high-priced items like cars.

A recent report from vehicle research site shows which vehicles keep their value after five years.

How Much Value Does the Average Car Lose After the First 5 Years?

The average five-year depreciation for all vehicles is 38.8%, according to the iSeeCars data. What’s interesting though is that some segments lose their worth much more than others, with electric vehicles by far the worst. Here are some key findings from the report:

  • Electric vehicles lose 49.1% of their value after half a decade, followed by SUVs, which experience a 41.2% drop in worth.
  • On the other end of the spectrum, when it comes to specific models, the Porsche 911 coupe only loses 9.3% of its value after five years.
  • Overall, the list has six Toyotas, four Porsches, four Subarus, and three Chervolets.

Let’s take a look at the vehicles that have depreciated the least over their first five years, according to

These Cars Are Holding Their Value the Most Right Now

Dollar Difference
from MSRP
Porsche 911 (coupe)9.3%$18,094
Porsche 718 Cayman17.6%$13,372
Toyota Tacoma20.4%$8,359
Jeep Wrangler/Wrangler Unlimited20.8%$8,951
Honda Civic (sedan/hatchback)21.5%$5,817
Subaru BRZ23.4%
Chevrolet Camaro24.2%$10,161
Toyota C-HR24.4%$6,692
Subaru Crosstrek24.5%$7,214
Toyota Corolla24.5%$5,800
Average for all vehicles38.8%$17,221

Read’s full report.

Money expert Clark Howard wants you to avoid jumping into this crazy car market if at all possible. Until things get more stable, he suggests that you keep the car you have and make any needed repairs.

If you must buy a vehicle, Clark remains a big fan of buying used cars because the first owner will take the brunt of the depreciation in the first few years.

“I’ve had an obsession forever about why buying a used vehicle is so much better for your wallet than buying new,” Clark says. “For most people, buying used is going to be a much better choice.”

But there is an exception, Clark says:

“If you can buy that three-year-old vehicle for a third less than what a new one would be, then go ahead and buy the three-year-old used vehicle,” Clark says. “On the other hand, if the gap is less than that, that would push you more toward buying a new one.”

As for electric vehicles, Clark says it’s super important for you to pay attention to the mileage range you get from a fully charged battery pack as well as how old the battery pack is.


If you want to use your electric vehicle for intown trips only, you have many options to choose from.

“If you want to do a lot of over-the-road trips, you only have one brand you can look at and one brand only. And that’s Tesla,” Clark says. “Because the charging network is a joke over the road for every other brand but Tesla.”

Read our guide on what to do if you need a car right now.