Top 10 Cars With the Best Residual Value for 2008

From Edmunds.com

As a potential new-car buyer, you probably know that your biggest enemy is depreciation. This dark villain starts attacking your car the minute you drive it off the lot, siphoning away your hard-earned dollars by reducing the value of your vehicle. To help you outsmart this insidious nemesis, we've put together this list of the 10 cars likely to depreciate the least during ownership. Our list includes the percentage of its original value that each vehicle is likely to retain after five years with an annual mileage of 15,000. Our residual value percentages are based on each car's national True Market Value® (TMV) price, plus typical options and destination charge.

  1. 2008 Mini Cooper Clubman — 56.4%
  2. 2008 Mini Cooper — 53.1%
  3. 2008 BMW M3 — 52.8%
  4. 2008 Lexus IS F — 49.6%
  5. 2008 Scion xB — 49.2%
  6. 2008 Volkswagen R32 — 49.0%
  7. 2008 Infiniti G37 — 47.2%
  8. 2008 Chevrolet Corvette — 47.1%
  9. 2008 BMW 1 Series — 47.0% 2008 Volkswagen Eos — 47.0%

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