When it comes to retained values, consumers tend to first think of dependable offerings from Honda or Toyota. However, today's resale market actually heavily favors performance cars.
MotorTrend crunched the numbers provided by IntelliChoice, which has been at the forefront of analyzing vehicle ownership costs for more than 35 years, to see which cars retain their value the best after five years of ownership. The results favor instant classics with striking styling and powerful engines.
Keep reading to find out which cars have the best resale values for 2022.
Lexus RC - 51.9 Percent Retained Value (After Five Years)
The Lexus RC has never been a segment-leading luxury coupe, but Lexus' reputation for reliability has helped it rank in the top ten cars with the best resale values.
The RC is a stylish two-door and boasts a generous list of standard equipment. Lexus offers it with a turbocharged inline four-cylinder, a naturally aspirated V-6, and a powerful V-8 engine that churns out 472 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque in the RC F variant. It isn't the quickest or best-handling sport coupe on the market, but reaching the 7,300-rpm redline in the RC F is guaranteed to be rewarding.
The Lexus RC is best thought of as a budget grand touring car, and perhaps that perception is keeping its value high on the resale market.
Dodge Charger - 54.3 Percent Retained Value (After Five Years)
As the only muscle sedan still offered today, the Dodge Charger still has some clout. Dodge offers a range of strong engine options, and the SRT Hellcat super sedan has tons of presence—both visual and aural. The seventh-generation model has been on sale for over a decade, and as such, it's showing some signs of age, particularly in terms of the lack of driver assistance technology and unimpressive IIHS safety ratings. Despite this, the entire Charger lineup retains its value well, although V-6 versions are on the lower end of the spectrum, at an average of 54.3 percent. The hunger for muscle isn't dead yet.
BMW M3 - 55.3 Percent Retained Value (After Five Years)
The BMW M3 mixes track-capable performance with daily drivability. The current model has lots of torque on tap from its turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine, an available manual transmission, and all-wheel drive. It may not be a looker, but that hasn't stopped it from retaining its value over a five-year period. Expect a BMW M3 sedan to hang on to 55.3 percent of its original value on average. Like other vehicles on this list, the M3 has a wide fan base, and demand for such an icon will never diminish completely.
Dodge Challenger – 57.0 Percent Retained Value (After Five Years)
The Dodge Challenger ranks even higher on this list than its sibling, the Charger. Dodge's two-door muscle car comes with a range of engines, from a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V-6 to an 807-hp supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine. It's an old-school muscle car in every sense; its heavy curb weight hampers handling, it lacks driver assistance technology, and its IIHS safety scores could be better. That said, it comes in an array of awesome colors, looks fantastic, and sounds great with the majority of available powerplants. It's no surprise the Challenger still enjoys a wide fan base; nostalgia is a hell of a drug.
Porsche 911 - 58.3 Percent Retained Value (After Five Years)
Classic Porsche 911 models have surged in popularity, and price, in the last decade. Modern Porsche 911 sports cars have attained something of an instant classic status, too, and their five-year resale prices reflect that. The 911 comes in a dizzying array of body styles and trims from the not-so-humble base 911 Carrera to the gobsmacking Turbo S with its twin-turbocharged 3.7-liter flat-six engine developing 640 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. The 911 GT3 offers extraordinary handling, an incredible exhaust note, and dynamics that blur the line between road and race cars.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - 61.2 Percent Retained Value (After Five Years)
The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray offers supercar-level performance for a fraction of the price. Its bold styling, extraordinary performance, and accessible pricing have made it a hit. Corvettes have been collectibles for decades. With recent models maintaining a 61.2-percent value retention after five years, it's a safe bet to anticipate that the C7 and C8 Corvette Stingray is destined for classic status, too.
Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 - 64.2 Percent Retained Value (After Five Years)
The car with the best resale value on the market is the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, keeping an average of 64.2 percent of its value after five years. Also, it's by far the best Mustang to ever bear the GT500 nameplate, boasting a tremendously powerful supercharged V-8 and a track-gobbling chassis. Its good qualities are so overwhelmingly positive, we'll bet most owners won't mind that the GT500 returns truly terrible fuel economy and that its interior isn't differentiated much from other Mustang models.
The Shelby name still carries plenty of cachet among collectors, so we're not surprised the best-ever Mustang has no problem holding onto its value.
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