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One of the most important factors when it comes to purchasing a car is what its eventual resale value will be. While many people would consider the price, as well as the consumer report rating to be the most important, one shouldn’t disregard future value.

Why should you care?

Well, the truth is a car depreciates the moment it leaves the lot and every year after that. Depending on the make/model of the car, the original value could depreciate faster or slower. For example, the Cadillac CTS drops a whopping 57.7% in value over the course of five years. Now compare that to the Toyota FJ Cruiser, which only depreciates 9.5% over the course of three years. There’s a huge difference in future value depending on the car you decide to purchase.

It’s important to think about depreciation when purchasing a new vehicle because you may not want to stick with what you have for the full term of the car loan. This can be a problem for a car that depreciates quickly because the trade-in value could leave you with more debt than you started with. It also poses a risk when it comes resale because you could end up losing money if you wait too long.

We decided to review the best cars on the market that retain their original value so you could have insight into which vehicle may be a better option if you decide to buy in the near future. Personally, we were surprised with #7.

15. Toyota FJ Cruiser

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When it comes to retaining its original value, the FJ Cruiser is one of the best. Ever since Toyota discontinued the truck-based SUV, resale prices have skyrocketed, making it one of the top vehicles in terms of maintaining its original value. A great “rough and tumble” truck, even after 3 years it only depreciates by 9.5%.

14. Ram 3500

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Considered to be one of the “heavy-duty” pickup trucks on the market, the Ram 3500 continues to remain popular due to its strength. What other pickup trucks do you know of that can haul tractors behind it with ease? This has led the Ram to retain 66.1% of its original value three years and beyond. Therefore, it’s a great investment if you’re looking to sell and upgrade in a few years.

13. Toyota Tacoma

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There seems to be something about Toyota and longevity, and the Tacoma is no exception. Despite Toyota releasing an all-new Tacoma in 2016, the older models still hold up well in terms of resale value. In fact, the older models still hold onto 79.5% of their original value in 2017.

12. Nissan GT-R

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This stylish sports coupe from Nissan is a rare one on the market, with very few units being purchased on a yearly basis. This makes the GT-R a highly sought-after model on the resale market, fetching a decent price even after years of depreciation. It also packs the punch of a $200,000 coupe for a fraction of the cost. Not bad, right?

11. Toyota 4Runner

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This one may leave consumers scratching their heads due to the fact that most drivers have abandoned truck-based SUVs. However, the demand for the midsize 4Runner is actually quite strong. It could be due to the fact that the newer models have a very high price point for the base models. This has given the 4Runner a resurgence on the resale market since it holds onto 72% of its original value after three years.

10. Subaru Impreza

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The Impreza is definitely impressive as a small compact vehicle, offering standard all-wheel-drive and a sleek yet refined look. Beyond excellent gas mileage, its resale value is one of the best in the non-truck category retaining up to 65.7 % of its original value.

9. Toyota Tundra

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When Toyota launched the Tundra its main purpose was to go head-to-head with the Ford F150. Unfortunately, it never matched the sales of its very popular rival. This doesn’t mean the Tundra is a chump in terms of quality and value. Despite losing in sales, it thankfully has an excellent resale value of 65.3%. So while Ford may have the units, the Tundra makes up for it in longevity.

8. Subaru Forester

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The Forester is a car that proves you don’t have to be the best or most glamorous in order to retain value and demand in the resale market. A modest vehicle and a top SUV crossover, the Forester retains 64.7% of its original value after three years. And while there are definitely more upscale crossover SUVs on the market, they tend to depreciate much quicker once they leave the lot.

7. Honda Ridgeline

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It may seem surprising that Honda makes the list, but the truth is they make a pretty great midsize pick-up truck. Unfortunately, consumers never really flocked to the vehicle, which was almost discontinued by Honda. Thankfully, they decided to offer up a redesign with the hopes attracting a wider range of consumers.  The resale value being at 62.5% after three years isn’t so bad either.

6. Toyota Highlander

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As you can see, Toyota knows how to make a quality vehicle. We promise we aren’t biased towards this car manufacturer; their models are simply that good and the Highlander is no exception. The perfect vehicle for families on the go, the Highlander continues to be top-rated among auto enthusiasts. It also has a three-year retention rate of 64.7% when it comes to original value. Not too shabby.

5. Dodge Challenger

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Dodge takes the trophy when it comes to the resale value of the “show pony” cars, beating out the likes of the Chevy Camaro and the Ford Mustang thanks to retaining 62% of its original value. The only model to offer a usable backseat and the choice of a V6 or V8, the Challenger is a sleek and powerful car that has stayed popular through the years with consumers. And with such a good resale value, we can see why.

4. Honda CRV

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According to sales statistics, the Honda CR-V is quite popular with consumers and they tend to hold onto the vehicle for years. A compact CR-V crossover with decent mileage and safety ratings, the CR-V retains 61.1 % of its original value after three years.  This makes it the perfect car for trading in if you want to upgrade or an excellent option for resale.

3. Nissan Frontier

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The Nissan Frontier has been around for several years, making a name for itself as a no-frills midsize pickup that has been able to hold its own despite Ford and Toyota’s dominance in the market. It retains 61% of its original value beyond three years, making it very popular in the resale market and the perfect choice for someone wanting a pickup, but not the price tag of a full-size model.

2. Land Rover LR4

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Even though it can be quite the gas guzzler, the Land Rover LR4 is highly rated even if it falls in the middle of the luxury lineup that the manufacturer offers. It’s considered to be the most family friendly of Land Rover’s SUVs and it retains 60% of its original value beyond three years. Definitely a winner in our book.

1. Hyundai Accent

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One of the more surprising entries on this list is the Hyundai Accent, an excellent compact car that has been around for over a decade. A consistent top-seller for Hyundai, its resale value is off the charts with the make and model receiving a rating of 9/10 when it comes to value on Kelley Blue Book. It also offers great gas mileage, which is a huge plus. You really can’t go wrong with this car, new or used.