The Fast Lane Car (TFLcar) presents the Five Cars that Depreciated the Least in 2014 according to our friends at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Used Car Guide and ALG. Some of the findings are a bit surprising, while others are fairly predictable. Still, this list is based on one of the most trusted sources in the automotive industry.
Here’s a surprising quote: “In our latest December report, called Perspective, the analyst team determined some really interesting things. For instance, of all the 2014 model year cars sold last year, which received either a significant redesign or were all-new, the Corvette Stingray held its value best, retaining 84.7% of its original MSRP” – – Ryan Morris NADA Used Car Guide.
According to NADA Used Car Guide, the Best Value Retention Winners (Five Cars that Depreciated the Least in 2014)
All-New or Heavily Revised 2014 Model Year Mainstream Vehicles:
5. 2014 Nissan Rogue S AWD 2.5L I4
73.1% of value retained from MSRP – The Nissan Rogue is a small crossover that’s all-new for 2014. It has an available third-row seat, optional all-wheel drive (AWD) and the 2014 Nissan Rogue has been tested several times by TFLcar. You can see it’s off-road video (here).
4. 2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4WD 4.0L V6
77.1% of value retained from MSRP – The 2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4WD V6 is a somewhat anachronistic (it still uses a frame) SUV that has recently been significantly updated. There are very few SUVs that still use a proper truck’s frame and the 2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4WD makes the most of it as it is one of the most rugged SUVs built. Check out our off road test in the 2014 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro (here).
3. 2014 Toyota Highlander LE 4WD 3.5L V6
78.8% of value retained from MSRP – The Toyota Highlander LE 4WD is all-new for 2014; although, much of its running gear is carried over. The 2014 Toyota Highlander is a crossover SUV with available 3-rows of seats, AWD and a hybrid power-plant. You can see our Rocky Mountain review of the 2014 Toyota Highlander (here).
2. 2014 Subaru Forester i Premium AWD 2.5L H4
81.8% of value retained from MSRP – The Subaru Forester is a small crossover that has been highly revised for 2014. You can see a Forester review (here).
1. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe 1LT Automatic
84.7% of value retained from MSRP – The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe is all-new for 2014. The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe 1LT is a purpose-built sports car that has a large V8 powering its rear wheels. Several versions of this platform are expected over the next few years, including the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible which was reviewed (here).
Remember: these vehicles are all-new or have been significantly revised for 2014. None of these winners are projected to have significant changes for 2015, so they remain a safe bet for your consumer dollar.
“While there are always winners and losers within the vehicle valuation market every year, the 2014 model year saw a dramatic showing by domestic brands in the area of value retention improvement. Four out of the top five models listed in the Perspective report came from US manufacturers.” – – NADA Used Car Guide
Top 5 2014 Vehicles with Most Improved Value Retention Over 2013 Model
1. Mazda Mazda6 I Sport 2.5L I4 – 11.8-percentage point improvement
2. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe 1LT Automatic – 10.7-percentage point improvement
3. Chevrolet Impala LS 2.5L I4 – 9.1-percentage point improvement
4. GMC Sierra Crew Cab SLE 4WD 5.3L V8 – 7.2-percentage point improvement
5. Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab LT 4WD 5.3L V8 – 6.2-percentage point improvement
If you’re interested in that other list, the one that has the Top 5 Cars that Depreciated the most in 2014 – you can find it (here).
*All of the data TFLcar used for this post was supplied by NADA Used Car Guide & ALG