12 Best Cars With the Highest Resale Value, 2013
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Resale values come from a complex set of calculations based in part on historical data and economic predictions, as well as competition in each automotive segment, how appealing a car's brand is, and supply (including fleet sales and leases) versus demand.
To win Best Resale plaudits, the model must first be selected as one of our top 25 vehicles in its category. From that group, we pick the vehicle with the highest three-year resale value. A model is not eligible for the award if another trim level of the same model has won Best Resale in a lower-price category.
Cars Under $20,000: Ford Focus S
Resale value: 3-year: 62%; 5-year: 45%
Sticker price: $16,995 (manual sedan)
Invoice price: $16,064
TrueCar national average price: $16,672
MPG: City: 26; Hwy: 36
In addition to nabbing the highest resale value in its class, the Focus walks away with Best in Class honors just one year after its 2012 redesign. It's an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick, too.
Cars $20,000-$25,000: Mini Cooper Hardtop S
Resale value: 3-year: 68%; 5-year: 53%