Using facts and figures gleaned from Kelley Blue Book's crack team of motorologists, we bring you the Top 11 cars for 2007 based on their predicted resale values. Depreciation, after all, is often the greatest expense the average driver will incur during their first five years of vehicle ownership. KBB has rated the cars based on current vehicle data, sales data, market conditions for each vehicle, competition within segments, expectations of the future economy and the combined experience of its marketing team and pricing analysts. To KBB's list we have added the top luxury vehicle, BMW's 6-Series, the resale leader among cars worth $60,000 and above.
Included in the post-$60,000 bracket, this Bimmer not only flies figuratively off the line but also packs the finest in German precision engineering, which should ensure this luxury coupe survives where its 6-Series predecessors have most notably failed: in proving an attractive buy on the used market.
Potential as a future classic always helps a car keep its value, and a substantial refit of GM's flagship sports car for last year has given buyers what they want: a tighter chassis, more refined ride, a dab more pace, muscled looks and an engine roar that can turn heads from near a half mile away.
A reputation for reliability and great gas consumption add a premium to any car's resale, and perhaps none reflects these values more than Honda's trusty compact. A favorite for first-time buyers thanks to its roomy and ergonomically-sound cabin, this one also had a major refit last year, so any prospective buyer knows a full-scale redesign is a long way off.
Flush from a week's test run in one of these, Infiniti's upscale performance coupe has all the attributes needed to keep it in high demand even a couple of years after its release: gorgeous curves that will long hold their looks, exceptional handling and punch, and a leather-dripped interior that puts you in a fantastic mood all day.
Long the grand dame of residual values, the MINI has not befallen the same fate as its retro-rival, the Beetle, which now suffers almost precipitous drop-offs in value. Much like the Prius, seemingly everyone at some stage wants one of these at a knockoff price. Sadly, they won't find many.
Another budget baby that will retain its striking looks and residual value, the tC compact coupe is a boy or girl racer car that offers lots in terms of snappy interior features, including loads of room up front to improve the factory stereo and a thumping sub-woofer in the back. Definitely a nod to the future, here.
All-new for 2008, Scion's blocky baby xB has become altogether more rounded in terms of outward appearance and capabilities. Retro-futuristic looks based on its sister FJ Cruiser and an advanced touch-screen iPod hookup and central console should ensure this long retains its value when others seem dated.
What proportion of car buyers know of a Corolla that's long eaten up its 200,000th mile and is still going strong after more than 15 years? Rest assured it's very high, which explains why these Toyotas are greatly in demand as a used buy. Look out for the much anticipated sharper and snappier Corolla rumored to roll out in the New Year.
Snub-nosed and perhaps the most innovative vehicle to roll off VW's production line since the Beetle in 1998, the Eos drop-top first released in 2006 will hold its resale value courtesy of its rarity value and generational appeal. The flagship 3.2-liter V6 engine sounds simply gorgeous, too.
Bit of a surprise here, but it stands testimony to VW's rollout of its revamped compact range that boasts a wide, deeper chromed-up front fascia that appeals to both younger and older drivers. You'll find room for a family here and some typically Teutonic touches including firm ride and great handling. Gas is great, too.
What, you say? They brought it back? And what a success it's been, too. I loved ripping the zippy top-of-the-range GTi about in town and on the freeway. Perhaps more importantly, the wife loved it, too, though she'll have to wait a while to pick one up cheap on the used market -- demand for used Rabbits is set to soar. What, you don't believe us?