Best Resale Values of 2022
For many Americans, a new car will be the second-largest purchase of their lives — next to owning a home. With the average transaction price of a new vehicle now above $47,000, buyers find it even more important to know that their new purchase will retain its value for years to come. Although many vehicles depreciate considerably the moment they’re driven off a dealer’s lot, Kelley Blue Book says the following new vehicles have the best resale values — better than all others in their respective categories. This year marks the 20th time Kelley Blue Book has determined winners for the annual Best Resale Value Awards. Prices listed are base MSRP with no optional equipment; expected value is based on KBB’s predicted resale value for a vehicle in average condition after five years of ownership.
Best Brand — Toyota
Toyotas have always held their value, and according to Kelley Blue Book these vehicles maintain their value better than any other automotive brand. This is the sixth time Toyota has earned this top spot. One factor in Toyota’s top ranking is the successful arrival of several popular new models last year, including the all-new Tundra. It’s also worth noting that three of the top 10 vehicles with the best resale values are Toyotas.
Best Luxury Brand — Lexus
This is the first time in five years that Lexus has unseated Porsche as the Best Luxury Brand. Lexus models scored at the top in three of the vehicle categories in this year’s study.
Best Compact Car — Honda Civic
Value in 5 years: 49.8% of MSRP — $11,130
Now in its 11th generation since 1973, the Honda Civic gets built on a new stronger platform with fresh exterior styling. Available as a sedan or hatchback, the 2022 model features a longer hood for a more premium look, further enhanced by LED lights front and back. The interior has a high-tech vibe thanks to an available LCD driver’s display, as well as a 9-inch HD touchscreen display with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. All levels of the new Civic come with the Honda Sensing suite of advanced driver-assist systems including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning and lane-keeping assist.
Best Mid-Size Car — Honda Accord
Value in 5 years: 42.5% of MSRP — $11,101
Available in a range of trim levels, the Accord was refreshed for the 2021 model year with updated styling and additional safety features. Inside, an 8-inch display screen is now standard on all trim levels, as are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The fuel-efficient Accord Hybrid gets powertrain updates to improve throttle response while still delivering close to 50 mpg. All 2022 Honda Accords come standard with the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety features, helping to make the Accord one of the safest new cars in America.
Best Sports Car — Chevrolet Corvette
Value in 5 years: 59.5% of MSRP — $36,236
Chevrolet introduced the eighth-generation Corvette in 2019, and it has the best resale values among sports cars since it went on sale. Still recognizable as a Corvette despite new styling, the mid-engine Stingray boasts better weight distribution, vastly improved performance and a high-tech cockpit. The C8 Corvette Stingray features an all-new LT2 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 490 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. Chevrolet does not offer the new Corvette with a manual gearbox — instead the engine gets paired with Chevrolet’s first 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The more powerful 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will go on sale later this year featuring a new 5.5-liter V8 engine generating 670 horsepower.
Best Entry-Level Luxury Car — Lexus IS
Value in 5 years: 39.0% of MSRP — $15,542
The Lexus IS was introduced almost 20 years ago, adding a level of performance to what was at the time Toyota’s relatively new luxury brand. Lexus refreshes the IS last year with bold new styling, improved performance and a luxurious interior — all contributing to land the sport sedan at the top of its segment for best resale values. The 2022 Lexus IS can be configured in two standard trim levels: IS 300 and IS 350. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and buyers can add all-wheel drive to either trim. For those looking for a bit more performance Lexus has added the high-performance IS 500 F Sport to the lineup, delivering 472 horsepower to the rear wheels from its 5.0-liter V8 engine under the hood.
Best Luxury Car — Lexus LS
Value in 5 years: 35.0% of MSRP — $26,976
The flagship sedan of the Lexus lineup, the LS continues to have the best resale values among luxury cars. Available as the LS 500 or hybrid LS 500h, this big sedan comes with a long list of high-end features. For the 2022 model year the LS receives a number of updates including new Haku interior trim based on an ancient Japanese technique for creating a thin foil that gets applied by hand and provides a “delicate shine reminiscent of moonlight reflecting over ocean waves.”
Best Hybrid Car — Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
Value in 5 years: 50.1% of MSRP — $14,567
As the developer of one of the original compact crossovers for on American market, Toyota expanded the RAV4 lineup in 2016 to include a hybrid. The latest version boasts bold styling, improved capability, better performance and an array of new safety and convenience features that likely contribute to RAV4 besting all other hybrids in terms of best resale values. The next-generation Toyota Hybrid System II in the RAV4 Hybrid is more compact, more efficient and quieter than the previous version. A 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Dynamic Force gasoline engine delivers power to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission, and the e-AWD system adds an independent electric motor to proactively deliver torque to the rear wheels depending on conditions.
Best Electric Vehicle — Ford Mustang Mach-e
Value in 5 years: 37.9% of MSRP — $16,636
The Mustang Mach-E marks the first time that Ford has bestowed the legendary Mustang name on an entirely new vehicle segment. Unlike any Mustang before it (or any Ford for that matter), the Mach-E is a full-electric 5-passenger crossover and easily one of the most advanced vehicles ever from the Blue Oval. Ford offers the Mach-E with rear- or all-wheel drive and standard- or extended-range batteries. Power output ranges from 266 horses with the standard battery to the high-performance Mach-E GT that produces 480 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque from its dual motors. Inside, the Mach-E has a clean design with practically no physical buttons and two display screens. The main 15.5-inch screen provides plenty of real estate and has only one dial — for volume control — integrated at the bottom of the unit.
Luxury Electric Vehicle — Tesla Model X
Value in 5 years: 57.6% of MSRP — $60,474
The first production electric SUV on the market, the Tesla Model X is both quick and efficient. Adaptive air suspension is standard; the Model X offers seating for seven, with access to the rear seat via top-hinged Falcon Wing doors. Thanks to the absence of an internal-combustion engine, the Model X has a large front trunk in addition to a rear cargo area. Last year Tesla added a Model X Plaid variant that features three electric motors for a total of 1020 horsepower. This potent electric crossover has an estimated range of 340 miles and can accelerate to 60 mph in a mere 2.5 seconds.
Best Subcompact SUV — Subaru Crosstrek
Value in 5 years: 52.3% of MSRP — $11,843
Subaru introduced the next-generation Crosstrek a few years ago, built on the automaker’s new global platform that originally debuted with the Impreza. As the subcompact SUV with best resale values, the Crosstrek fits well with the Subaru lineup and features the brand’s familiar hexagonal grille, “hawk-eye” headlights, an impressive 8.7 inches of ground clearance and full-time all-wheel drive. Inside, the infotainment system has an 8-inch touchscreen display and Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto connectivity. Subaru Eyesight, the brand’s advanced driver-assist system, is now standard for all Crosstreks (except with manual transmissions). Last year Subaru added a new Sport trim to the Crosstrek lineup with more aggressive styling, unique wheel arch moldings and a new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 182 horsepower.
Best Compact SUV / Crossover — Subaru Forester
Value in 5 years: 47.0% of MSRP — $11,843
The most popular model in the Subaru lineup, Forester is refreshed for the 2022 model year with updated exterior styling that includes a redesigned grille, a new front bumper, LED headlights, a revised lower rear bumper and new exterior trim details. The updated model also receives upgraded brakes as well as the latest version of EyeSight, Subaru’s advanced safety system. Also new for 2022 is the adventure-ready Forester Wilderness. The Forester Wilderness incorporates the 2022 design elements yet stands alone thanks to a unique bumper design, a bold hexagonal grille, larger wheel arch cladding, a front skidplate and unique hex-designed LED fog lights. Ground clearance increases to 9.2 inches and the rugged design rounds out with unique 17-inch matte-black alloy wheels fitted with Yokohama Geolandar all-terrain tires.
Best Mid-Size SUV / Crossover (2-Row) — Subaru Outback
Value in 5 years: 45.2% of MSRP — $12,270
One of the vehicles that helped define the crossover segment, the Outback was all new for the 2020 model year. Constructed on Subaru’s new global platform, the Outback received updated exterior styling, a vastly improved interior, updated powertrains and the latest version of EyeSight — Subaru’s suite of advanced safety technology. All Outbacks feature Subaru’s Symmetrical all-wheel drive with active torque vectoring, vehicle dynamics control, X-Mode with hill descent control and a generous 8.7-inches of ground clearance. Last year Subaru added the Outback Wilderness to the lineup — the most rugged, capable Outback the company has ever built.
Best Mid-Size SUV / Crossover (3-Row) — Kia Telluride
Value in 5 years: 51.9% of MSRP — $17,174
The largest SUV ever offered by Kia and created specifically for the U.S. market, the Telluride arrived in 2020 with seating for up to eight occupants. The big SUV is powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine producing 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and an available active on-demand all-wheel-drive system. The stylish Telluride has high-end features such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel; optional heated and ventilated seats for the first and second rows; available double-stitched, quilted leather-trim seats; simulated brushed metal and matte finish wood; and reclining third-row seats all add to the big SUV’s appeal. For 2022 the Telluride sports a slight grille update as well as new interior features.
Best Full-Size SUV — GMC Yukon
Value in 5 years: 47.2% of MSRP — $24,591
One of the largest SUVs on the road, the Yukon accommodates up to nine occupants and has enough extra space to carry all their stuff. With a big V8 engine, more than 8 inches of ground clearance, a locking rear differential and an automatic 4-wheel-drive system, the Yukon is certainly up to the task when leaving the pavement behind. The GMC Yukon was all new last year and easily noticed with its larger, squared-off grille flanked by new LED headlights with a signature LED running light surround. Vertical LED fog lights further emphasize the SUV’s bolder appearance. GMC offers the Yukon in four trims: SLE, SLT, AT4 and Denali. Each trim is available in a standard version or an extended-length XL.
Best Off-Road SUV — Toyota 4Runner
Value in 5 years: 58.6% of MSRP — $22,037
After 35 years, Toyota’s 4Runner remains one of the few truck-based SUVs left on the market. The 4Runner continues to be powered by a 4.0-liter V6 engine producing 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque delivered through a 5-speed automatic transmission. Even though all 4Runners are built with an emphasis on everyday driving dynamics, the vehicles are always ready for off-road adventure; Toyota adds a 4Runner TRD Sport to the lineup for the 2022 model year. Designed to complement the TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro versions, the TRD Sport gets unique color-keyed accents on the grille, rocker panels and body molding.
Best Luxury Subcompact SUV — Volvo XC40
Value in 5 years: 39.0% of MSRP — $13,689
Volvo bolstered its premium crossover lineup a few years ago with the all-new XC40. Styling is similar to its larger siblings, most notably the signature “Thor’s Hammer” headlights. Even the base-level XC40 Momentum comes well equipped with leather seat trim, an 8-way power driver’s seat, automatic climate control, a rearview camera, a power tailgate and 18-inch alloy wheels — no doubt contributing factors that land the XC40 atop the list of subcompact luxury SUVs with the best resale values. A 9-inch vertical touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 250-watt AM/FM/HD audio system with eight speakers and Bluetooth streaming are standard on all XC40s. Volvo also offers the all-electric XC40 Recharge.
Best Luxury Compact SUV — Mercedes-Benz GLB
Value in 5 years: 41.1% of MSRP — $15,865
One of the latest SUVs in the Mercedes lineup is the compact GLB, which slots logically between the GLA and GLC. With signature styling and a surprisingly roomy cabin, the fun-driving Mercedes-Benz GLB serves as another entry point to the German automaker’s burgeoning SUV family. Unlike many small crossovers on the U.S. market today, the GLB maintains classic squared-off SUV styling. Not only does this give the GLB a strong stance, it also maximizes interior space. The GLB interior features a widescreen cockpit with the display and functions controlled by MBUX, the Mercedes-Benz User Experience. Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharge 4-cylinder engine producing 221 horsepower; the GLB is also available with 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive.
Best Luxury Mid-Size SUV (2 Row) — Land Rover Range Rover Velar
Value in 5 years: 36.0% of MSRP — $20,988
The Velar joined the Range Rover lineup a few years ago. Unlike historically boxy Land Rover models, the Velar features sleek styling including flush-fitting door handles, flush glass and super-slim LED headlights. The Velar was the first Range Rover to feature a new infotainment system called Touch Pro Duo, which uses two high-definition screens designed to make in-car technology clearer, quicker and more enjoyable to use. The Velar is available in a range of trim levels including the powerful R-Dynamic HSE that boasts a lavish interior and a powerful turbocharged engine.
Best Luxury Mid-Size SUV (3 Row) — Lincoln Aviator
Value in 5 years: 41.5% of MSRP — $21,489
Currently Lincoln sells only SUVs — no sedans remain in the lineup — and a few years back the luxury brand came to market with the elegant Aviator. In keeping with the all-SUV lineup, the Aviator sports the brand’s signature grille although it features a blue Lincoln logo when equipped with an available hybrid powertrain. Both LED headlights and fog lights are standard equipment. The interior of the Aviator fits with the brand’s luxury proposition including tasteful touches of leather, wood and chrome throughout. At the center of the dash, a large 10.1-inch LCD touchscreen display offers easy navigation and the latest SYNC infotainment system with voice activation. Aviator comes with a twin-turbo V6 engine producing a plentiful 400 horsepower. A plug-in hybrid variant adds an electric motor to bump output to 494 horsepower.
Best Luxury Full-Size SUV — Lexus LX
Value in 5 years: 45.2% of MSRP — $39,887
The largest vehicle in the Lexus lineup with a grille to match, the all-new LX is now called the LX600 for the new model year. Currently in its fourth generation, the LX adopts a new platform that increases rigidity while reducing overall weight for improved ride off-road and on. Powering the new LX600 is a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that delivers 409 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, giving the big SUV a towing capacity of 8,000 pounds. Available with 4-, 5- or 7-occupant configuration, the elegant LX tops all challengers in terms of best resale values for full-size SUVs. The LX600 features available semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats (with massage function front and rear), wood trim and a long list of standard safety and convenience features.
Best Minivan — Toyota Sienna
Value in 5 years: 50.3% of MSRP — $17,459
Toyota introduced an all-new Sienna for the 2021 model year, and for the first time the popular minivan features a hybrid powertrain. With fresh styling, an all-new chassis and new features, this fourth-generation Sienna tops all minivans for best resale values. The van uses the Toyota Hybrid System II that teams a high-efficiency 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with two electric motors for a total output of 243 horsepower. Inside, Sienna designers created a “Bridge Console” between the two front seats that provides a clever space for storage and device charging. With all covers closed the design is exceptionally clean, yet the console features a large storage bin, multiple cupholders and a large area below the bridge to stow a bag, purse or other items that need to remain within reach.
Best Compact Pickup Truck — Ford Maverick
Value in 5 years: 59.5% of MSRP — $11,897
Ford adds a new pickup truck to its extensive lineup: the compact entry-level Maverick. As the only unibody pickup from Ford, the exclusively 4-door Maverick has a 4.5-foot bed and classic pickup styling. Even though the pickup is available in a range of trim levels, the base-level Maverick XL has a long list of standard features including an 8-inch touchscreen display as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Maverick comes with a fuel-efficient hybrid powertrain as standard equipment, delivering up to 42 mpg while still being able to tow up to 2,000 pounds. A more powerful EcoBoost engine is also available.
Best Midsize Pickup Truck — Toyota Tacoma
Value in 5 years: 61.7% of MSRP — $16,474
Not only is the Toyota Tacoma the most popular midsize truck on the market, it consistently ranks near or at the top of this best resale values list. Toyota’s popular midsize pickup truck had its last full redesign for the 2016 model year showcasing a more aggressive look, a new V6 engine, a smoother ride and stellar off-road capability. The Tacoma is available in several configurations with two cab styles, two bed lengths, five trim levels and a choice of 2WD or 4WD. Last year the Tacoma received a new grille and wheel designs for most trim levels, as well as an upgraded audio system with a larger touchscreen and Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility. For 2022 Toyota upgrades the Tacoma TRD Pro and introduces a Trail Edition 4WD.
Best Full-Size Pickup Truck — Toyota Tundra
Value in 5 years: 70.8% of MSRP — $25,453
Toyota introduces an all-new Tundra for the 2022 model year with improved performance and fresh styling. Built on a new chassis designed to improve capability and ride comfort, Tundra is available with two new powertrains. A 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine generating 389 horsepower is standard, or buyers can opt for a hybrid i-FORCE MAX twin-turbo V6 that bumps to 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque, allowing Tundra to tow up to 12,000 pounds. Inside, the big truck features some great improvements that put it at the forefront of full-size trucks with the best resale values, including an available 14-inch touchscreen display as well as standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
Best Full-Size Pickup Truck (Heavy Duty) — GMC Sierra HD
Value in 5 years: 63.0% of MSRP — $24,066
GMC introduced an all-new Sierra HD for the 2020 model year with updated styling and more capability than ever before. Built with new architecture, the Sierra HD is taller and longer than its predecessor with a bold grille and new LED signature lighting. The interior is more spacious and has a host of new features. Available as the 2500 HD or 3500 HD, the 2020 Sierra has multiple trim levels that include the off-road-ready AT4 or the ultra-luxurious Denali. The Sierra HD can be configured depending on need; with the right setup it can tow as much as 35,500 pounds.