Since brand image is one of the biggest determinants of a car’s resale value, it’s no wonder automakers Honda, Porsche and Toyota have dominated resale value lists for years. Expert sources to check for resale values include Kelley Blue Book, Edmunds, Intellichoice and NADA, so that’s who we turned to in arriving at these three Best Cars for Resale Value.

  • Honda CivicFor 2009 (as in numerous prior years), Honda Civic and Civic Hybrid make the Kelley Blue Book “Best Resale Value Award Winners” list and Honda is honda_civic_2010named best brand. Edmunds says Civic “continues to set the bar for the small car segment,” listing pros such as “fuel-efficient and performance-oriented engines, roomy and refined interior,” and cons such as “controversial gauge cluster design and slow acceleration times” (Hybrid and DX). Edmunds also notes 2007 Civic is the winner of the Editor’s Most Wanted list for best coupe and sedan under $20,000.
  • BMW 1-Series Intellichoice named the BMW 128i to its “2009 Best Bet Retained Value” list in the luxury convertible and near-luxury car categories. Cars.com singles out BMW 1-Series in 2010 “Best Overall Car Resale bmw_1series_2010Values” list, saying the car scores for handling, steering, inline 6-cylinder performance, but has “minimal back seat space, occasional clumsy shift from automatic.” Edmunds says “for the money, it’s hard to think of a car that puts together as much performance, refinement and user-friendliness in one package as the 2009 BMW 1-Series,” but notes “options can quickly drive up price, tiny seats, some interior elements not quite up to usual BMW standard.”

Other Best Cars for Resale Value include Acura MDX and TSX, Audi A4 and Q7, BMW 5-Series and  M3, Chevrolet Corvette and Corvette Z06, Honda Element, Fit and Odyssey, Mazda Mazda3 MAZDASPEED, Mercedes-Benz CLK350, SL-Class, and SLK 55 AMG, Toyota Venza, and Volkswagen Passat and Touareg.

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