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18 Cars That Retain Their Value Unbelievably Well: The 2018 List



There's few things more depressing than buying a car and watching its value plummet by 20% in the first year. The good news? Not all cars depreciate at the same rate. Here's 18 cars predicted by Edmunds to retain their value better than the competition. 

1. 2018 Honda Civic 

Source: Car and Driver 

   

Pros: 

Cabin looks and feels premium 

Plentiful cargo space

Spacious seats

Great fuel economy

Comfortable ride and agile handling


Cons: 

infotainment system is not very user friendly

Adaptive cruise control setting is slow to respond 

Collision Warning system is too sensitive 


2. 2018 Audi A3


Source: The World News 


Pros: 

Great acceleration from Turbocharged engine 

Refined and stylish cabin 

Dynamic handling and smooth ride 

High-tech infotainment system and available virtual cockpit

Spacious front seats

Cons: 

Small back seat

Limited cargo space in all-wheel-drive, hybrid, and convertible models

New For 2018: 

Heated front seats and two USB ports now standard

Safety technology added to Premium Plus trim

New RS 3 high-performance model introduced


3. 2018 Honda Accord 

Source: Edmunds 


Pros: 

fantastic gas mileage

new turbo charged 4 cylinder engine 

Spacious cabin and comfortable seats

Lots of standard driver assistance features

Engaging handling

Cons: 

Narrow trunk opening

Low seating makes entry and exit harder

New For 2018: 

Fully redesigned interior and exterior 


4. 2018 Lexus ES 350 


Source: Lexus 


Pros: 

Very smooth ride (even on terrible roads) 

Strong v6 engine and smooth transmission 

Upscale interior 

advanced electronic safety features come standard 

Above-average predicted reliability score

Cons: 

Mediocre handling 

dashboard infotainment system is not very user friendly 


5. 2018 Dodge Charger 



Source: Car and Driver 


Pros: 

Powerful V8 engine

Strong engine upgrade options ( 707 HP Hellcat) 

Dynamic handling 

Spacious seats

Extremely user-friendly infotainment system

Cons: 

lackluster gas mileage 

poor rear visibility 

low predicted reliability rating 

interior is comparably less premium than rival cars in the same class 

New For 2018: 

New Gt trim

New standard features 


6. 2018 Porsche Panamera 



Source: Motor 1 


Pros: 

Powerful engines and good fuel economy

Agile handling and smooth ride

Stylish interior

Spacious seats

Cons: 

minimal cargo space 

Only two seats in back ( an additional middle third comes as an option) 

New For 2018: 

New Sport Turismo body style

New Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid


7. 2018 Subaru WRX 



Source: Subaru 


Pros: 

Among best in class acceleration ( both in STI and standard version) 

Athletic handling

Standard all-wheel drive

Roomy seats

premium safety equipment options 

Cons: 

Lackluster fuel economy

Outdated infotainment system

Mediocre interior quality

Below-average predicted reliability rating

New For 2018: 

Updated suspension and steering

Updated front seat design

More driver assistance features


8. 2018 Porsche 911 



Source: Car and Driver 


 Pros: 

Terrific handling

Extremely powerful engine 

Stylish interior 

lots of customization options 

Best in class transmission 

Cons: 

cramped rear seats

infotainment system is mediocre 

Road noise is quite loud 


9. 2018 Honda- CRV  


Source: Honda 


Pros: 

Spacious interior & cargo area

Premium cabin 

Smooth ride

Turbocharged engine option

Good crash test scores

Cons: 

Few standard features

Navigation system is somewhat unreliable 


10. 2018 Porsche Macan 


Source: Car and Driver 


Pros: 

Agressive acceleration

Agile handling 

Quiet and smooth ride 

Elegant interior

User-friendly infotainment system

Cons: 

mediocre fuel economy

Undersized cargo hold

More expensive than rival cars in class 


11. 2018 Toyota 4Runner 



Source: Car and Driver 


Pros: 

Off-Road capability is among best in class

versatile and ample cargo area

many options for buyers of multiple price points 

Cons: 

poor fuel economy

choppy ride 

lacks many safety features that now come standard in modern cars 


12. 2018 Lexus GX 460



Source: Chicago Auto Show 


Pros: 

Fantastic off-road capability

Great towing capacity

User friendly interior controls 

High view out 

Cons: 

Poor fuel economy

choppy ride on bad roads  

weak acceleration 


13. 2018 Toyota Sequoia 



Source: Hubert Vester Toyota 


Pros:  

Powerful Engine 

Roomy interior

Smooth ride 

Good off-road capability 

Flexible Seating ( can fit 8 passengers) 

Cargo area among largest in class 

Excellent predicted reliability rating

Cons: 

Poor fuel economy

outdated infotainment system

mediocre interior quality 


14. 2018 Cadillac Escalade 



Source: Cadillac 


Pros:  

Premium cabin

Quiet Interior regardless of road conditions 

Strong V8 engine

Excellent towing capacity

Long-wheelbase ESV models have spacious third rows and cargo areas

Cons: 

infotainment system is not very user friendly

mediocre handling 

Cramped third-row and cargo space in standard-wheelbase model

Poor predicted reliability

Uneven Cargo floor makes loading objects somewhat difficult 

New for 2018:

10-speed automatic transmission replaces eight-speed


15. 2018 Toyota Tacoma 



Source: Best of Auto 


Pros:  

Fantastic off-road capability 

User-friendly infotainment system

Higher payload than most competitors

Truck bed has movable tie-down cleats and a power outlet 

Cons

Subpar fuel economy 

towing capacity less than other trucks in same class

Driving position not ideal for taller drivers 

New for 2018:

Driver safety aids are now standard 


16.  2018 Toyota Tundra 



Source: Motor Trend 


Pros:  

Spacious rear seats

Powerful V8 engine 

User-friendly infotainment system

More standard safety features than rivals

Outstanding predicted reliability rating

Cons: 

Lower towing and hauling capacities than rival trucks

Lacks smartphone integration features 

Higher base price than rival trucks  

New for 2018:

Driver safety aids are now standard 



17.  2018 Toyota Sienna 


Source: Car and Driver 


Pros:  

User-friendly infotainment system

Best in class acceleration 

Spacious cabin with premium materials

Roomy cargo area

Only minivan to offer all-wheel drive

comfortable ride 

Cons: 

more expensive than rival cars

below average predicted reliability rating

second row seats are heavy and awkward to move 

New for 2018:

Driver safety aids are now standard in all trims 

Smartphone integration, navigation, and five USB ports now standard


18.  2018 Nissan NV Cargo 



Source: The Torque Report 

   

Pros:  

Powerful V6 and V8 engine options 

Comfortable seats are ideal for long journeys 

Great hauling capability 

Good handling given large vehicle size  

Low step-in height simplifies loading

Cons: 

Lackluster interior 

No fuel efficient diesel engine available 

New for 2018:

Rear view camera, 5 inch color display, bluetooth and usb ports are now standard. 


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