Shelling out the bucks for a luxury car, you want a good return on investment. Typically, any new vehicle starts depreciating the moment the buyer drives it off the dealer’s lot. But there’s good news for owners of certain 2014 models: highest retained values after one year.

The NADA Used Car Guide Perspective, November 2014, has all the info on values, including the method for calculating retention figures for the top 10 year-old 2014 luxury cars for retained value.

Let’s take a look at each of them.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 – With an “outstanding” 81.4 percent of original manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP), the all-new 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 compact, entry-level luxury sedan tops the list for retained value with an average trade-in value of $28,733. The lowest-priced, typically-equipped CLA250 has an MSRP of $35,305.

2014 BMW X5 35i AWD – Number two on the retained value list is the 2014 BMW X5 35i AWD SUV. With a MSRP of $61,950 for a typically-equipped model, the 2014 X5 35i AWD posted an average trade-in value of $50,042 – 80.8 percent of MSRP. The 2014 X5 benefitted from new exterior design and a host of improvements to chassis and engine performance.

2014 Acura MDX (with Technology Package and 4WD) – Following closely behind the X5 is another luxury SUV, the midsize seven-passenger 2014 Acura MDX with Technology Package and 4WD. The MDX kept 79.8 percent of its typically-equipped MSRP of $49,600 with an average trade-in value of $39,483.

2014 Lexus IS 250 – Completely redesigned for this year, the 2014 Lexus IS 250 (the 350 is also redesigned) comes in at number four on the one-year luxury car retained value list from the NADA. The Lexus IS has historically been at or near the top of retained values, and this year is no different with the IS 250 one-year retention at 75.5 percent. Average trade-in value is $30,005 and MSRP for the typically-equipped 2014 IS 250 is $39,835.

2014 Infiniti Q50 – The new luxury sedan from Infiniti, the 2014 Infiniti Q50 (Premium V6), has a slightly above average one-year retention of 72.4 percent. That’s more than 5 percent above the 67.0 percent near luxury car segment average. MSRP is $42,305 and average trade-in value for the typically-equipped Q50 Premium V6 is $30,633.

2014 Jaguar F-Type S Convertible – NADA calls the 2014 Jaguar F-Type S convertible a “bold exercise in building the perfect sports car.” With a one-year retention of 70.7 percent (for the F-Type convertible standard 3.0-liter V6), the luxury sports car comes in at just over 1 percent below the 71.8 percent for upper sport car segment. The MSRP for the base F-Type convertible is $73,975 and average trade-in value is $52,333. One-year retention for the sportier and pricier F-Type S V6 and V8 models is higher at 74.5 and 76.7 percent, respectively.

2014 BMW 4-Series AWD – It replaces the 3-Series coupe, and the all-new 2014 BMW 4-Series (428i 2.0-liter i4 turbo) is off to a great start with one-year retention of 72.3 percent of its $46,850 MSRP. Average trade-in for the typically-equipped 4-Series with AWD is $33,867. That’s slightly higher than the upper sport car segment average of 71.8 percent.

2014 Acura RLX Technology – Acura’s brand-new flagship model, the 2014 Acura RLX (with Technology 3.5-liter V6), boasts lots of technology and “noteworthy” features. Nevertheless, its one-year retention is “subpar” at 61.3 percent, “well below” the luxury midsize car segment average of 66.6 percent. MSRP is $55,345 and average trade-in value for the typically-equipped 2014 RLX Technology 3.5-liter V6 is $33,917.

2014 Cadillac CTS – Completely redesigned – longer, lower and sportier – the 2014 Cadillac CTS Luxury V6 has “below average” retention of 60.9 percent. NADA says that the weak retention is partly due to the car’s higher MSRP, which jumped more than $14,000 over the outgoing model. MSRP on the typically-equipped 2014 CTS Luxury V6 is $54,625 and average trade-in value is $33,242.

2014 Cadillac ELR – Last on the list is the all-new 2014 Cadillac ELR, a luxury sports coupe with plug-in technology. Here the NADA says the ELR’s low retained value of 59.7 percent is likely the result of “an ambitious MSRP [$79,685], falling gasoline prices and a segment loaded with better-known models.”  There is a bright note, however, in that consumers who opted to purchase the ELR benefitted from the available federal tax credit which lowered the MSRP by $7,500. Average trade-in value on the 2014 Cadillac ELR Luxury 1.4-liter I4 Electric/Hybrid is $47,600.

The full NADA Used Car Guide Perspective, November 2014, is available to download free at the NADA Used Car Guide website.


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