Which 2015 vehicles are likely to have the best resale value? Here are the top picks.

Resale value is a big factor when choosing a vehicle. Cars and trucks that do relatively well at trade-in time can reward their owners with hundreds of extra dollars vs. ones that do poorly. So, which are the best picks for buyers today?

According to Kelley Blue Book, Lexus and Subaru are the overall resale champions among auto makers, in the luxury and mainstream categories, respectively. But they are by no means the best choices for every buyer.

In terms of vehicle types, trucks and SUVs tend to do better on resale value than cars do. This trend seems to have gained some strength in recent months, as gas prices have fallen.

But let’s look at the top picks by category:

Subcompact Car:  Honda Fit

Plug-in Vehicle: Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid

Compact Car:  Subaru Impreza

Compact SUV/Crossover:  Jeep Wrangler

Sporty Compact Car: Subaru WRX

Mid-Size SUV/Crossover:  Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Mid-Size Car:  Subaru Legacy

Full Size SUV/Crossover: Chevrolet Suburban

Full-Size Car: Dodge Charger

Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover: Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Entry-Level Luxury Car:  Lexus RC 350

Luxury Mid-Size SUV/Crossover:  Lexus GX 460

Luxury Car: Lexus GS 350

Luxury Full-Size SUV/Crossover:  Lexus LX 570

High-End Luxury Car: Lexus LS 460

Hybrid SUV/Crossover: Lexus RX 450h

Sports Car:  Chevrolet Camaro V6

Mid-Size Pickup Truck:  Toyota Tacoma

High Performance Car: Chevrolet Corvette

Full-Size Pickup Truck:  Toyota Tundra

Hybrid/Alternative Energy Car: Toyota Camry Hybrid

Minivan/Van:  Toyota Sienna


And here are KBB’ top 10 cars for resale value in 2015:

Chevrolet Colorado

Honda CR-V

Chevrolet Silverado

Jeep Wrangler

Ford F-150

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Toyota Tundra

GMC Sierra

Toyota 4Runner

Keep in mind that the difference in resale value between #1 and #2 usually isn’t that great. Few automakers are building lemons these days, and you must weigh the purchase deal you are offered against anticipated resale value. But it certainly doesn’t hurt to choose the resale value champ in whichever vehicle category you are shopping in.

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