Each year, Consumer Reports compiles a list of the vehicles it expects to be the best and worst when it comes to holding their original resale value, and the list of best values for 2012 is, not surprisingly, dominated by Toyota products. Overall, the best value for 2012 is the Toyota Prius, while the worst car for the money is the BMW 750Li, according to the magazine.

The Prius knocked the Honda Fit from the top spot, which was the best value four years running, and it did so despite costing $10,000 more as tested. As CR points out, a higher price does not equate to less value just as a lower price does not guarantee a higher value. A total of 15 Toyota, Scion and Lexus made the list with only one, the Lexus GS 350, having a lower-than-average resale value. Volkswagen and Subaru pulled in an impressive amount of cars on the list, too. On the opposite end of the stick, Chrysler was hit hard with all seven of the cars listed (across the Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep brands) rated with a below-average resale value.

Scroll down to see the winners and losers for each category, but to view the full breakdown of the best and worst values on the market, a CR subscription is required.
Best value for a small hatchback: Toyota Prius Four
Worst value for a small hatchback: Ford Focus SE

Best value for a small sedan: Toyota Corolla LE
Worst value for a small sedan: Nissan Versa SV

Best value for a family sedan: Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE
Worst value for a family sedan: Chrysler 200 Limited (V6)

Best value for a upscale sedan: Acura TSX (I4)
Worst value for a upscale sedan: Dodge Charger SXT Plus (V6)

Best value for a luxury sedan: Cadillac CTS
Worst value for a luxury sedan: BMW 750Li

Best value for a sports car/convertible: Mini Cooper
Worst value for a sports car/convertible: Volvo C70 (T5)

Best value for a wagon/minivan: Toyota Prius V Three
Worst value for a wagon/minivan: Chrysler Town and Country Touring-L

Best value for a small SUV: Honda CR-V EX
Worst value for a small SUV: Mini Countryman

Best value for a midsize SUV: Toyota Highlander Limited (V6)
Worst value for a midsize SUV: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

Best value for a large/luxury SUV: Lexus RX 350
Worst value for a large/luxury SUV: Nissan Armada


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      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Haha, right. Who came in second place overall? Land Rover? haha.
      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      What else is new :-)
      F150Soul
      • 2 Years Ago
      Toyota Reports annual BS edition?
      bubba_roe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awe all the poor little dumpmestic fanboys crying their sissy little eyes out.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Toronto St. Pats
        • 2 Years Ago
        This is basically based on what people would pay for a car. Blame the suckers who overpay for Toyotas if anyone.
      Jon Brookshire
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seriously Consumer Reports? I am in the market for a Jeep Wrangler, and even the ones going back to model year 2005 are still selling close to what they were new....as are the current generation Jeep Grand Cherokee. There are some horrid Chryslers, like the 200, but DO NOT put Jeeps in there with that mess, as it is hard to buy one used that isn't priced like it's new. I'm an auto mechanic at a general shop...and I can tell you from firsthand experience, the worst built cars are post 2008 Toyotas, VW, BMW, and Mercedes. They are just complete and total pieces of garbage, especially VW and Mercedes. How on Earth Toyota ranks so high on this list must just be proof that CR can be bought!!!!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jon Brookshire
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      swaf2000
      • 2 Years Ago
      I do not trust Consumer Report. They rated the Toyota Camry as one of the safest car. Toyota was recently fined by the federal government for not reporting safety defects soon enough and Toyota has also had more safety recalls in the past three years than the other manufactors combined.
      Jon Brookshire
      • 2 Years Ago
      And to add to my latest comment, I used to work on mostly GM, Ford and Chrysler vehicles. Before around 2006, American vehicles truly were gigantic piles of garbage, but I would testify, under oath, that I see less vehicles from GM and Ford now than I see Toyotas, Hondas, VW, etc. Not because there are less of them, but because they are more reliable, with longer warranties. You can disagree with me if you like, if you believe all the hype about legendary Japanese quality (which used to be so true)....but now....the tables have truly turned.
      Eta Carinae
      • 2 Years Ago
      hmmm, best in value......with the worst iihs safety pick rating..........the irony
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      billups.robb
      • 2 Years Ago
      Go figure... they are so great at rating appliances. I guess that is why Consumer Report's rates Toyota's so high. Nothing really appealing to look at.
      stevenh
      • 2 Years Ago
      An Acura TSX??!! This car is a lemming, it offers nothing in its class, neither performance, handling, design or styling and quality of materials. It is an over priced European Accord with a lame engine that can not hold a candle to (choose from the list of any of them). 3 series, A4, C class, IS, G37, no enthusiast driver would ever chose a FWD car
        Eta Carinae
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stevenh
        So why would you name the Audi A4 ? I dont think you knows cars very well.......please exit the site to your left
          kontroll
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Eta Carinae
          your aksing a stupid question...why the Audi4???
        Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stevenh
        Well, at least one billionaire likes to drive his Acura TSX over all those cars. Probably because it's the most reliable and practical of all the vehicles you listed. I'm not saying I would buy it as my first choice but it's a very reasonable choice.
        HydraulicDragon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stevenh
        My 2002 Maxima is as fast or faster than the Mustang of the same year in all respects. And it's FWD.
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