• Oct 6, 2005

If you're planning on ditching that brand-spanking new 2006 model you just bought, we hope for your sake that it's on the list of winners for Kelley Blue Book's 2006 Best Resale Value Award. KBB picks winners in nine vehicle categories as well as the top 10 overall vehicles with the best resale value. Unfortunately the site doesn't actually tell us what the projected resale value of the each winner is (they're contained in the company's Residual Value Guide), so there's no way to rank the top 10 except alphabetically). The winner of Best Resale Value: Brand is a tie between MINI and parent company BMW. There's a list of the winner's in each category and the top 10 after the jump.
[Thanks Andy for the tip]

2006 BEST RESALE VALUE: BRAND
BMW and MINI (Tie)

2006 BEST RESALE VALUE: CATEGORY

SEDAN:  Honda Accord Hybrid

LUXURY:  Infiniti M45

COUPE:  Infiniti G35 Coupe

PICKUP:  Toyota Tacoma PreRunner

CONVERTIBLE:  Chevrolet Corvette

SPORT UTILITY:  Porsche Cayenne

WAGON:  Subaru Outback

VAN/MINIVAN:  Honda Odyssey

HATCHBACK:  MINI Cooper / Toyota Prius (Tie)

2006 BEST RESALE VALUE: TOP 10 (in alphabetical order)
BMW 5 Series
Chevrolet Corvette
Honda Accord Hybrid
Infiniti G35 Coupe
Infiniti M45
Lexus GX 470
MINI Cooper
Porsche Cayenne
Toyota Prius
Volvo XC90



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      • 9 Years Ago
      It's not the alphabet that's biased, it's the writer of this article, who blatantly manipulated the facts to distort the public's perception. Omigod I must be a freaked out idiot, Autoblog and the American media dont do that!!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      The reason Mini resale is high is because their owners are nuts. Absolutely, certifiably insane. When I was in the market for a used one, the majority of owners wanted near or above current list price for their 2-3 year old cars. Their excuse is always that they had to pay $10k+ mark-up when they bought their car, so that "value" must be added in to their resale. Idiots! How much value does a $100+ "Tickle Me Elmo" doll bought at the height of the Christmas frenzy command?! Now they just collect dust on the shelves. One guy I talked to wanted above list for his base 2002 Mini with extensive front-side damage and other cosmetic/mechanical problems. There was a totalled (theft/fire) Mini on eBay asking $18k. I don't think it sold, but that just shows you the perverse nature of these owners. There was no reasoning with them, so I just crossed the Mini off my list. I could have gotten a brand new one for list at my local dealer, but after meeting so many Mini owners, I just became disgusted and have no desire to be associated with the cars or their crazy owners.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Thanks for the list. I heard about this on T.V. also.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This list is rediculous. The Cayenne should not be on here. And have they seen the prices on used Mazda 3's? They are being sold for the same price as new cars. Even at wholesale auction they are being sold for only $2-3k below new sticker price.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Does a dead body in the trunk affect resale value?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yeah Lookup toyota SUPRA 92-97, talk about resale value.
      • 9 Years Ago
      whay have u put the rankings in alphabetical order? Isnt that a bit disingenuous? The casual observer would look at this and rank the BMW first, Corvette second, etc. When of course, the rankings have Mini first, Prius second, and so on. It may seem a small point, but why did someone go to the effort to alphabetize them instead of just showing the rankings? With all the hybrid bashing on Autoblog, I can only assume it was to find a way to put the Prius further down on the list. (And no, I'm not a conspiracy theorist. Oswald shot JFK.)
      • 9 Years Ago
      We heard about this on television. Apparently it's based on the projected value after 5 years of ownership. We were a bit surprised to hear the Accord hybrid since it was only released last year.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'd rather eat glass than purchase another BMW.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Edsel, If you've got the time, I'd appreciate you telling me what your issues were? Just to help me make a decision. I know everyone's story varies, but I'd like another opinion before I make any decisions.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Russ (#8) The key to enjoying a BMW is to never own one after the warranty expires. Our 2001 740il Sport with 68k miles is averaging $500/month in mechanical repairs and it's still not fixed. Our ABS brake system hasn't worked since April and the local BMW dealer & an independant shop can't figure out why. Their solution - keep replacing parts because BMW diagnostics suck. We've had the usual post warranty failures of radiator, power steering hose, quarter window shades break, navigation/phone/computer goes into "HAL" mode constantly, phone cradle replaced, BMW Motorola phones are irreplaceable, the transmission is begining to leak. We never abused the car, always serviced from new at the dealer. The local BMW dealer rarely washed the car after servicing, free loaners usually meant a shuttle ride to the local National Rent a Car office to pickup the free loaner but using my credit card for collateral, repairs often required 2nd & 3rd visits, and their attitude was consistently hostile. This was our third, and last, new BMW purchase. The cars are delightful when they work and if you've never owned a BMW then by all means purchase one from a good dealer; but never, ever, be caught owning a BMW without a factory warranty. Good luck.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I think Lee just gave me the best laugh of the day.
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