The X5 offers an impressive amount of cargo capacity, making it a practical choice for small families. But even its base engine is plenty powerful, plus it’s much more agile than its size would suggest. Add it all together, and you have a recipe for impressive resale value.
We can’t imagine anyone is actually going to notice a 0.1 percent difference in resale value, especially if they like driving the X5 better. But as fierce as the competition is among midsize SUVs these days, we have a feeling Mercedes is proud to top BMW here. Even if it is by such a small margin.
The GLC’s high-quality, exceptionally luxurious cabin and impressive list of tech features helped it win our 2017 SUV of the Year competition. And although we can’t prove that our award has anything to do with the GLC’s resale value, we’d like to think it at least helped a little. The new 2020 GLC is shown here.
Audi Q5 – 51.0%
The Q5 was already Audi‘s best-selling model, but for 2018, it got a full redesign, moved to a new platform, and received upgrades all around. Add in impressive resale value, and you have all sorts of reasons to take a serious look at the new Q5.
The X4’s coupelike roofline has proven to be plenty controversial ever since it was introduced, but if you like the styling, who cares? It’s basically an X3 with a different look, and it should hold its value as well as or better than the vast majority of its competitors.
Unlike some of its competitors, the Audi Q7 comes standard with all-wheel drive and seating for seven. Add in a nicely designed interior and some slick tech features, and it makes sense that people willingly pay a premium for a used one.
BMW X3 – 51.1%
The X3 shares a lot with the X4, so it would make sense that they’d both have similar resale values. But with its more conventional crossover shape, you can also expect there to be more demand down the line. As a result, depreciation should be slightly less.
Lexus LX – 51.7%
It’s easy to make fun of the Lexus LX. It’s pricey and outdated, it gets terrible gas mileage, and it wears one of the worst examples of Lexus’ Predator grille. But because it’s a reskinned Land Cruiser, it’s also built to run for hundreds of thousands of miles. When the warranty is up on a full-size luxury SUV, having a reputation for legendary durability is bound to help resale value.
Like the LX, the GX is a much more capable off-roader than its Lexus badge would suggest. That’s because it’s actually a Land Cruiser Prado with a luxury interior and different bodywork. With a similar reputation for durability and a more maneuverable size, it’s no surprise to see the GX this high on the list.
In the same way Lexus has a reputation for building some of the most reliable cars you can buy, Land Rover has a reputation for doing the complete opposite. As a result, most of its lineup is synonymous with high maintenance costs and rapid depreciation. But somehow, the Discovery has managed to buck that trend.
As you’ve already seen, Lexus’ body-on-frame SUVs make great long-term buys. But buyers who care about fuel efficiency will be much better served buying a crossover such as the NX. Odds are that’s a factor in the NX’s better depreciation, as well.
Lexus RX – 53.5%
In general, the qualities that make the Lexus NX a desirable vehicle also apply to the RX. Sure, the handling isn’t quite as sharp, but if you want a comfortable, reliable crossover that will last you for years, the RX is an easy choice. As you can see, it will also hold its value well.
Porsche Cayenne – 55.0%
As long as you like lots of buttons in the cabin, Porsches are some of the best cars you can buy. Period. They’re also typically more expensive than the competition. But considering how well they hold their value, maybe it’s easier to justify paying the premium.
If you noticed a trend with this list so far, you’re not crazy. Despite the fact that we included all vehicles, the first 15 were all utility vehicles. The 911 is not only the first car to make the list, but it’s also impressively close to the No. 1 spot.
When the Boxster was first introduced, its lower price meant it was often maligned as the Porsche you bought when you couldn’t afford a 911. Two decades later, it’s more than proven that both it and the Cayman are real Porsches. And surprisingly, it beats the 911 in the depreciation department.
You wouldn’t expect the most affordable Porsche to hold its value better than any other car in the lineup. But as you can see from the No. 1 entry on our list, that’s exactly what the data shows. The Macan also holds its value better than any other luxury vehicle you can buy in the U.S. Who could have seen that coming?