The average new vehicle sold in America loses almost half of its original value after five years. No surprise there; We all expect this shiny new car to lose value as soon as we drive it out of the parking lot. However, some vehicles depreciate much faster than others. According to data from iSeeCars.comTrucks and truck-based sport utility vehicles generally hold up their value better than other vehicle types, with the Jeep Wrangler – in both the four-door Unlimited and standard two-door – and the Toyota Tacoma leading the way.
The average five-year depreciation of the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited of 30.9% corresponds to a depreciation of $ 12,168. This makes the four-door off-roader from Jeep the best choice for buyers who want to minimize depreciation. The Toyota Tacoma’s 32.4% initial depreciation means it is only losing $ 10,496. The lesser dollar amount – the least amount of money lost in five years – indicates that Tacoma buyers, on average, pay less than Wrangler Unlimited buyers when they first purchase the vehicle. The standard two-door Jeep Wrangler ranks third on the list. After five years it lost 32.8% and lost $ 10,824.
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On the other side of the depreciation coin, luxury sedans tend to depreciate much faster than other types of vehicles. The BMW 7 Series leads the losers with a 72.6% drop in value after five years, which equates to an alarming $ 73,686. Next up is the slightly smaller BMW 5 Series, which depreciated by 70.1%, or $ 47,038, over the same period. Number three on the list of the biggest losers is the Nissan Leaf, the only electric vehicle to appear in the bottom 10. The electric hatchback corresponds to the 5 Series with a loss in value of 70.1%. However, since it’s a much cheaper vehicle, that percentage equates to a much smaller loss of $ 23,470.
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