Depreciation isn’t often the top priority for car buyers, but it’s particularly important for consumers who keep their cars for many years. The online automotive search engine iSeeCars.com recently released its survey of vehicles with the most and least depreciation.

The site analyzed more than 4.3 million new and used vehicles to identify models with the lowest and highest depreciation after five years.

The Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Liimited shared top honors on the recent iSeeCars.com as the vehicles with the least depreciation after five years of ownership.
The Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Limited shared top honors in the recent iSeeCars.com survey as the vehicles with the least depreciation after five years of ownership, tying with 27.3 percent.

Julie Blackley, communications manager for iSeecars.com, is our guest on episode #57 of TheWeeklyDriver podcast.

Co-hosts Bruce Aldrich and James Raia discuss with Blackley the trends of the survey’s data, including result variance in different geographical areas of the country.

According to iSeeCars.com, sport utility vehicle and trucks retain the most value after five years of ownership. Electric vehicles and luxury sedans depreciate the most.

“While the average new vehicle loses 50.2 percent of its value after five years, some vehicles retain more of their value and depreciate less than average,” said iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly. “For consumers who buy new vehicles and sell them around the five-year mark, choosing a model that retains the most value is a smart economic decision.”

The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and Jeep Wrangler shared top honors, both with a depreciation of 27.3 percent after five years of ownership. The Nissan Leaf has the worst depreciation after five years of ownership, 71.7 percent.

The average depreciation among all major manufacturers after five years is 50.2 percent.

To read the complete list, visit iseecars.com.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. What is really amazing is that after 7 years the Nissan LEAF is the best car we have ever owned. Much more reliable and less expensive to operate than any Datsun, Corrolla, SR5, Camry, CRV, Miata, Land Cruiser, or Prius’s we have owned. If you are a multicar family and you do not already own an electric car you should check them out. 7 years no longer spending $75 a week for gas for my Titan Crew Cab. Best car ever made. Just make sure the limited range suites your needs. I recommend finding an EV with twice the range of your daily commute, then you have plenty of juice for AC, Heat, showing off and embarrassing muscle cars, and extra errands.

  2. Jeeps are always going to be up there in terms of how well they retain their value because of the community that exists amongst owners. I was thinking about this the other day, how many cars have a culture that you can afford for under 50 grand? And in addition to that – how many cars have a community of people willing to go on adventures with each other offroad and stuff.

    I think that’s the biggest reason for Jeeps holding their value. I can’t really think of a comparison auto brand that does that.

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