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