In our third installment on resale value, we turn to electric vehicles and hybrids. Being relatively new, these segments prompt questions about long-term value for the investment of auto consumers looking for wheels of the current model year.
Despite the fact EVs are more affordable to insure and operate than gasoline cars, will there be a significant return on your purchase price should you want to sell a few years into ownership? Kelley Blue Book took its sophisticated method of determining resale value for three and five years into the life of a vehicle and applied it to hybrid passenger cars, plug-in EVs, and hybrid SUVs to find out.
Here are the nine green vehicles sporting the best resale value for the 2015 model year.
9. 2015 Ford Fusion Energi
The Fusion Energi is Ford’s best-selling green car and was fifth on the list of plug-ins on the U.S. market in 2014 with 11,550 units sold. According to Kelley Blue Book, those buyers will get a decent return on their investment. In three years, resale value holds at 44% of the original $34,800. After 60 months of ownership, Energi owners can expect a return of 27.5% on what was paid to a dealer.
8. 2015 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
It doesn’t take Maria Sharapova to make the Panamera S E-Hybrid look good, but her presence doesn’t hurt, either. This very attractive plug-in hybrid shatters myths about the segment with its top speed of 167 miles per hour and ability to reach 60 miles per hour in 5.2 seconds while returning the equivalent of 50 miles per gallon. KBB.com also says the resale market will be kind to Panamera plug-in ($96,100) owners. After 36 months, expect 51% back on the purchase price and 29% after 60 months of ownership.
7. 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid
It being a Porsche with a heavy dose of utility and 416 horsepower, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid ($76,400) does not disappoint as the 2015 electric vehicle delivering the best resale value for buyers. The same powertrain as the Panamera hybrid gives Cayenne the juice to hit 60 miles per hour in just 5.3 seconds while delivering about 20 miles of pure electric range. Should owners want to part with this plug-in crossover, expect resale values of 55% after 36 months and 35% after 60 months.
6. 2015 Lexus ES 300h
Kelley Blue Book named Lexus the best luxury brand for resale value for the fourth straight year in 2015. Toyota’s premium line won this honor mainly on the strength of both SUVs and plug-in sedans like the ES 300h ($40,580), which KBB.com considers the third-best hybrid for resale value in 2015. After three years, expect 56% back on the purchase price. In 60 months, the return could be as high as 41% for the hybrid ES.
5. 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid
When the Honda Civic took third place in California sales in 2014, it put the Toyota Prius on notice. The Civic hybrid ($24,735) achieves 47 miles per gallon on the highway, which ranks it just behind Prius for best on the market. KBB.com says this great value will hold for Civic buyers. The resale value holds at 52% after 36 months and as much as 42% after five years of ownership.
4. 2015 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid
For consumers looking for a premium crossover, the 2015 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid ($45,400) provides 230 horsepower and returns 28 miles per gallon on the highway while offering three row of seating. Kelley Blue Book say the investment is worth it, as the QX60 hybrid can return as much as 58% of its purchase price after 36 months and 44% after 60 months of ownership.
3. 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
While Lexus was KBB’s top luxury brand in resale value, Subaru took the honor of best brand for resale value (and lowest cost of ownership) among automakers. The standard all-wheel drive and economy of vehicles like the XV Crosstrek Hybrid ($25,995) are big reasons why Subaru has become so popular in the U.S. Expect a return of 57.5% after three years of ownership of this vehicle and 45% after five years.
2. 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid
While the Prius is well-known as the dominant force in hybrids, the Camry’s hybrid variant allowed Toyota to take first and second place in this U.S. sales segment in 2014. The 2015 Camry Hybrid ($26,790) offers a combined 39 miles per gallon economy along with its exceptional resale vale, which Kelley Blue Book considered best in the hybrid and alternative-fuel class. After 36 months, expect 58.7% of the purchase price back. After 60 months, owners may find as much as 46.7% on the resale market.
1. 2015 Lexus RX 450h
Among all hybrids and electric vehicles on the U.S. market, KBB.com rated the Lexus RX 450h ($47,620) best in resale value for the 2015 model year. With 295 horsepower, 30 combined miles per gallon, and a plush cabin, the RX 450h is the choice for eco-minded consumers who prize utility and luxury as well as value. Owners should find 62% in return after 36 months and 46% back on the original purchase price after 60 months of owning this SUV.
Source: Kelley Blue Book