2018 Top 10 Best Resale Value: Buy a Pickup Truck – Get More Money Back Later

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What are the vehicles with the best resale value for the 2018 model year? KBB recently gathered the data to build this top 10 list, and pickup trucks and off-road focused SUVs once again dominate. Seven out of the ten are pickup trucks, two are body-on-frame SUVs, and there is also one car in there.

KBB says that an average new vehicle will be worth 33% of the original price after 5 years. However, the trucks and SUVs on this list will retain an average of 51% of the original sticker over the same period of 5 years.

10. Subaru WRX

The WRX combines several appealing quantities into one to grab the tenth spot on this list. It’s has a very good safety record (IIHS gave it the Top Safety Pick+ rating for 2018). It offers a powerful engine and traction of an AWD system. It’s also popular with the enthusiasts.

KBB pricing data: 57.8% resale after 3 years; 46.2% resale after 5 years.

9. Honda Ridgeline

The Ridgeline offers unique truck bed features (dual-swing tailgate, in-bed trunk, in-bed speakers). It boasts a comfortable crossover-like ride and interior features.

KBB pricing data: 60.7% resale after 3 years; 46.7% resale after 5 years.

8. Chevy Colorado

The Colorado midsize truck is having a successful sales resurgence since its recent redesign. This truck offers a lot of choice: three engine and transmission options, two cab and bed configurations, and an off-road focused ZR2 model.

KBB pricing data: 60.5% resale after 3 years; 47.5% resale after 5 years.

7. Ford F-Series

The F-Series is still the best selling full-size pickup truck line in the United States. This includes the Ford F-150 half-tons and the Super Duty (heavy duty) trucks. The sheer amount of choice (the F-150 will offer six engine choices, starting in 2018) and high capability make the F-Series a popular choice.

KBB pricing data: 58.7% resale after 3 years; 49.6% resale after 5 years.

6. Chevy Silverado

The Silverado truck line edges out the F-Series pickup on this list. KBB says it’s because the Silverado “combines capability and comfort” into one package. It is the second best selling full-size truck in the country.

KBB pricing data: 57.6% resale after 3 years; 50.4% resale after 5 years.

5. GMC Sierra

The Sierra is GM’s third truck line on this list. It pushes the resale percentage even higher, partially with the help of the popular Denali line of luxury pickup trucks.

KBB pricing data: 58.4% resale after 3 years; 51.9% resale after 5 years.

4. Jeep Wrangler

The Wrangler is one of the most iconic automotive nameplates in the United States and in many other parts of the world. This Jeep’s sales numbers remain very strong. It’s easy to see why it makes the number four spot on the best resale value list.

KBB pricing data: 65.2% resale after 3 years; 54.1% resale after 5 years.

3. Toyota 4Runner

In case you were wondering, the top three spots are taken by Toyota trucks and SUVs. Toyota’s reputation for producing reliable and capable vehicles catapults it to the top of this chart. The 4Runner remains an enthusiast favorite.

KBB pricing data: 65.8% resale after 3 years; 54.2% resale after 5 years.

2. Toyota Tundra

The Tundra may not be most efficient or the most technologically advanced truck in the segment, but Toyota’s dedication to small incremental improvement helps bring a very good resale value to the Tundra. It actually ties the Toyota 4Runner for second/third place.

KBB pricing data: 64.7% resale after 3 years; 54.2% resale after 5 years.

1. Toyota Tacoma

Yep, you probably guessed it. The Toyota Tacoma is number one. A quick search of your favorite for-sale car&truck site will reveal that used Tacomas are carrying unusually high asking prices.

KBB pricing data: 69.6% resale after 3 years; 61.1% resale after 5 years.