Top 10 Fastest Depreciating Cars And SUVs

Jun 19, 2018

It’s well known the vast majority of new cars start depreciating as soon as they’re driven off the lot. But some can drop more than 50 percent in value in the first three years.

iSeeCars.com, which is an aggregator of new and used car listings, analyzed more than 4.1 million cars and found these ten lose the greatest amount of value in the first three years:

Rank    Model                    Average 3-year Price   % Depreciation

1              BMW 5 Series                    $30,846                    52.60%        

2              VW Passat                           $14,906                    50.70%        

3              Mercedes-Benz E-Class   $34,010                      49.90%

4              BMW 3 Series                   $24,024                      49.80%       

5              Ford Taurus                       $18,098                      49.70%       

6              Chrysler 200                      $14,011                       48.40%      

7              Volkswagen Jetta              $13,157                        48.10%       

8              Audi A3                               $21,120                        47.9%         

9              Cadillac SRX                       $26,291                       47.20%       

10           Buick Enclave                     $26,620                       46.80%       

The average depreciation after three years for all models was 35 percent.

Luxury models – in general – showed the greatest amount of depreciation. Pickup trucks depreciated the least in the categories that iseecars.com examined. The average depreciation for pickup trucks is 23.3 percent, which is two-thirds the average for all vehicles.

“Luxury brands are known for depreciating at a higher rate because they are often leased to keep monthly payments down, which lowers the demand for these vehicles in the used car market,” said iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly.

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at bbortzfield@wjct.org, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.

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