Every new vehicle depreciates over time, but some cars have a higher average depreciation rate than others. This could be because of vehicle type, reliability ratings, or even demand. While it’s tough to know exactly how much a car will depreciate over time, you can get an idea based on past performance. Automotive website iSeeCars.com looked at this and determined which vehicles have the best and worst average depreciation rates. Here’s what their findings look like:

Cars that Retain the Most Value

2016 Jeep Wrangler UnlimitedAccording to iSeeCars.com, these are the top 10 vehicles that retained their value the best over a recent five-year period:

  1. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: 27.3% average five-year depreciation (2016 model pictured)
  2. Jeep Wrangler: 27.3% average five-year depreciation
  3. Toyota Tacoma: 29.5% average five-year depreciation
  4. Toyota Tundra: 37.1% average five-year depreciation
  5. Nissan Frontier: 37.8% average five-year depreciation
  6. Toyota 4Runner: 38.1% average five-year depreciation
  7. Chevrolet Silverado 1500: 39.7% average five-year depreciation
  8. GMC Sierra 1500: 39.9% average five-year depreciation
  9. Subaru Impreza: 42.3% average five-year depreciation
  10. Ram 1500: 42.7% average five-year depreciation

Cars that Retain the Least Value

2016 Nissan LeafIn addition, iSeeCars.com ranked these 10 vehicles as having the highest depreciation rate:

  1. Nissan LEAF: 71.7% average five-year depreciation (2016 model pictured)
  2. Chevrolet Volt: 71.2% average five-year depreciation
  3. BMW 7-Series: 71.1% average five-year depreciation
  4. Mercedes-Benz S-Class: 69.9% average five-year depreciation
  5. Ford Fusion Energi: 69.4% average five-year depreciation
  6. BMW 6-Series: 68.3% average five-year depreciation
  7. BMW 5-Series: 67.3% average five-year depreciation
  8. Mercedes-Benz E-Class: 67.2% average five-year depreciation
  9. Jaguar XJL: 66.4% average five-year depreciation
  10. Chevrolet Impala: 66.2% average five-year depreciation

Lowest and Highest Depreciation Vehicles by State

Using the 20 most populated states in the US, here are the cars with the lowest and highest depreciation rates:

State Model Avg. Five-year Depreciation (lowest) Model Avg. Five-year Depreciation (highest)
Arizona Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 25% Nissan LEAF 72.1%
California Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 24.7% Nissan LEAF 72.4%
Florida Jeep Wrangler 26.3% Nissan LEAF 73.1%
Georgia Jeep Wrangler 25.1% Chevrolet Volt 72.1%
Illinois Jeep Wrangler 26.7% Mercedes-Benz S-Class 71.1%
Indiana Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 27.3% Chevrolet Volt 71.4%
Massachusetts Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 27.6% Chevrolet Volt 71.7%
Maryland Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 27.8% Chevrolet Volt 70.8%
Michigan Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 27.8% Mercedes-Benz S-Class 73.1%
Missouri Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 29.9% Mercedes-Benz S-Class 72.6%
North Carolina Jeep Wrangler 26.6% Chevrolet Volt 71.3%
New Jersey Jeep Wrangler 29.4% BMW 7 Series 72.7%
New York Jeep Wrangler 30.7% Chevrolet Volt 72.6%
Ohio Jeep Wrangler 28.3% Nissan LEAF 72.5%
Pennsylvania Toyota Tacoma 27.3% BMW 7 Series 71.1%
Tennessee Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 26.2% Chevrolet Volt 71.4%
Texas Jeep Wrangler 26.2% Nissan LEAF 71.6%
Virginia Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 27.8% BMW 7 Series 71.5%
Washington Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 20.3% Nissan LEAF 72.4%
Wisconsin Jeep Wrangler 29.6% Chevrolet Volt 72%

Why Does Depreciation Matter?

Although depreciation is put on the back burner for many car buyers, it’s something they should pay attention to unless they’re planning on keeping a vehicle well past the time it’s paid off. Depreciation is constant, and can’t be stopped. In fact, as soon as the car leaves the dealer's lot, it begins to depreciate. Within the first year of ownership, a new vehicle typically loses around 20 of its value, and around 50 to 60 percent of its value is lost over five years. Depreciation is important if you buy a new car and plan on trading it in or selling it within three to five years of buying it – as it could make a big difference in how much you could sell it for.

The Bottom Line

Vehicles depreciate over time, and while some depreciate at a slower rate than others, you can’t prevent it from occurring. What you can do is keep up with regular maintenance so your car retains as much value as possible during the time you own it.

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