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Ranked: Which Cars Have the Best Resale Value?

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A chart showing which cars have the best resale value based on the rate their value drops over five years. Spoiler: Porsche is King.

Ranked: Which Cars Have the Best Resale Value?

For three years now, the used-car market has been booming, after the pandemic disrupted new car supply chains, sending secondhand vehicle prices skyrocketing.

But which cars have the best resale value?

We visualize the top 10 vehicles with the lowest depreciation rates over five years, based on data from iSeeCars.

They analyzed over 1.1 million used cars from model year 2018, sold between November 2022 to October 2023. Models no longer in production as of the 2022 model year were excluded.

Porsche is Still (Almost) Perfect After Five Years

Heading the list, Porsche has two models with the best resale value after half a decade.

After five years, the 911 (Coupe) only loses 9% of its retail value in the used-car market on average. Porsche’s flagship costs anywhere between $90,000–$294,000 based on the horsepower (ranging from 200–700), along with other model specifications.

At second place, the Porsche 718 Cayman loses about one-fifth of its value. Two other Porsches—the Boxster, and the 911 convertible—also feature in ranks, at 12th and 15th respectively, both losing around 25% of their retail price tag.

Here’s a look at the full list of slowest depreciating cars in the United States:

RankModelAverage 5-Yr
Depreciation
Average Difference
from MSRP
1Porsche 911
(Coupe)
9%$18,094
2Porsche 718
Cayman
18%$13,372
3Toyota Tacoma20%$8,359
4Jeep Wrangler21%$8,951
5Honda Civic22%$5,817
6Subaru BRZ23%$8,114
7Chevrolet Camaro24%$10,161
8Toyota C-HR24%$6,692
9Subaru Crosstrek25%$7,214
10Toyota Corolla25%$5,800
11Ford Mustang25%$10,035
12Porsche 718
Boxster
25%$20,216
13Toyota Tundra25%$12,588
14Kia Rio 5-Door26%$5,006
15Porsche 911
(Convertible)
26%$42,227
16Honda HR-V26%$7,318
17Subaru Impreza
(Wagon)
26%$6,927
18Kia Rio26%$4,959
19Chevrolet Spark27%$4,784
20Toyota RAV427%$8,858
21Hyundai Accent27%$5,353
22Toyota 4Runner27%$13,147
23Chevrolet Corvette28%$22,712
24Nissan Kicks28%$6,560
25Subaru Impreza
(Sedan)
28%$7,158

Note: MSRP stands for Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price, the price recommended by a product’s producer to retailers. Furthermore, MSRPs from 2018 were inflation-adjusted to 2023 dollars.

The Toyota Tacoma, America’s fifth best-selling truck, comes in third, losing 20%.

The Jeep Wrangler (-21%) and the Honda Civic (-22%) round out the top five cars with the best resale value.

Two more sports cars (the Subaru BRZ and Chevrolet Camaro) feature in the top 10, indicating that these “fun” designer cars are valued for their status as well as functionality.

Aside from the sports category, Americans seem to rate Japanese automakers highly. Put together, Toyota, Subaru, Honda, and Nissan account for half of the cars with the best resale value.

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Charted: Carmakers’ Revenue per Employee

Kia leads in revenue per employee, outpacing other carmakers such as GM and Ford.

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Graphic showing carmaker's revenue per employee.

Top 20 Carmakers Ranked by Revenue per Employee

Revenue per employee is an important ratio that roughly measures how much money each employee generates for the company.

In this graphic, creator David Zuleta ranks the top 20 automakers by the revenue generated per employee. Data is based on each company’s market capitalization in 2023, using companiesmarketcap.com.

Kia Leads in Revenue Efficiency

Measuring carmakers’ revenue per employee, Kia emerges as the front-runner, leaving industry giants like Ford and General Motors trailing behind.

The South Korean automaker reached $2.13 million in revenue per employee in 2023. The company’s 34,178 workforce generated a total of $72.67 billion in revenue last year.

CompanyEmployeesRevenue (USD billions)Revenue per Employee (USD millions)
Kia34,178$72.67$2.13
Hyundai63,942$117.98$1.85
Ferrari4,961$5.85$1.18
Polestar2,377$2.65$1.12
BMW149,475$159.50$1.07
General Motors167,000$169,72$1.02
Ford173,000$169.81$0.98
Mercedes-Benz169,355$160.61$0.95
Maruti Suzuki India16,259$13.82$0.85
Volvo Car42,300$35.89$0.85
Subaru37,521$29.15$0.78
Toyota375,235$283.97$0.76
Aston Martin2,473$1.83$0.74
Tofaş Türk5,528$4.07$0.74
Tesla127,855$94.02$0.74
Mitsubishi Motors28,428$18.59$0.65
Honda197,039$128.24$0.65
Mazda48,481$31.17$0.64
Nissan131,719$82.57$0.63
Ford Otosan21,007$12.26$0.58

The figure starkly contrasts with the last one on the list, Ford Otosan. The company, equally owned by Ford Motor Company and Koç Holding and based in Turkey, only generated $580,000 per employee, despite its considerable revenue of $12.26 billion.

The presence of Ferrari in the top tier, with $1.18 million per employee, underscores a different strategy where lower volume, high-margin luxury vehicles result in significant revenue per employee.

Among the bigger automakers, BMW and General Motors lead the pack with $1.07 million and $1.02 million per employee, respectively, translating their substantial employee bases into robust revenue streams.

Meanwhile, Tesla, despite its groundbreaking technology, registered revenue of only $740,000 per worker, equal to Aston Martin and Turkish Tofaş Tür. Way ahead of Tesla, another EV maker, Swedish Polestar, achieved $1.12 million and reached fourth place in our rank.

As the data shows, efficiency doesn’t solely reside in the size of the workforce or the legacy of the brand but is also tied to the strategic utilization of human resources.

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