• Feb 3rd 2011 at 3:58PM
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Which type of vehicle retains the highest resale value? Well, according to a study released by Carnegie Mellon University, it's most likley to be one with a non-gasoline-fueled powertrain.
CMU found that hybrids and diesel-burning vehicles are often slapped with price tags that are, at least in some cases, substantially higher than gas-powered vehicles. The news is that the lower upfront costs don't necessarily make gasoline-burning autos raging long-term bargains.

The Carnegie Mellon research team compared the diesel-fueled Volkswagen Jetta TDI with its gasoline-burning counterparts; the five-cylinder and the turbo'd four-cylinder Jetta. In addition, the team compared the Toyota Prius with a Toyota Camry sedan and stacked up the Honda Civic Hybrid against the conventional gas-fueled Civic. In the end, the Jetta TDI and Toyota Prius were declared winners, at least in terms of retaining resale value over a three-year time period. The Carnegie team concluded that fuel-efficient vehicles, in general, are desirable among used car buyers, which leads to a higher than anticipated resale value.

Photos by Damon Lavrinc / Copyright ©2010 AOL

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      • 8 Months Ago
      First off comparing the TDI Jetta to the gasoline counterparts is heavily biased by the fact that the gas powered ones are pretty much dogs performance wise upon sale. So, duh, why not worthless later on?

      Really comparing a Prius to a Plane Jane Camry is looking at two different automile buying segments. How about Camry Hybrid Versus Camry high end?

      Now the Hybrid Civic to the Gas Civic seems a better comparison of two company best effort designs in the same market segment. How'd that turn out?

      Finally, I just looked into a first gen Prius for purchase, but now seeing the battery, and computer issues that necessitate over 3500 for dealer replacement of the whole electrical works or an aftermarket battery rebuild with a "it's good till out the door" warranty, I'd be more inclined to go with a comparable gas Corolla.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Seems like the market has spoken. I wonder if anyone in Detroit is listening.
        • 8 Months Ago
        or Japan?
      • 8 Months Ago
      Always good to hear, there's a segment of the car buying public that understands MPG = Money in the Bank.
      • 8 Months Ago
      And that value retention will get greater with every uptick in gasoline price.
      • 8 Months Ago
      One of the old "hybrid myths" was that hybrids would be worthless in just a few years. Instead, they've retained their value much better than average, certainly a lot better than gas guzzling SUVs!
      • 8 Months Ago
      i've always screamed hybrids made economic sense. It's what got me into them. Nobody anticipated their resale value. it should be obvious that they'll last much longer and retain more of their value. That rediculous calculation that EVERYONE uses that "you have to make up the difference in purchase price directly at the pump" has always been innacurate and idiotic
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