Special Report

Cars That Lose Their Value the Quickest

Mercedes-Benz

While everyone knows that as soon as you drive a car off the dealership lot it drops in value, this is not always the first thing on the minds of new car buyers. But maybe it should be, especially given how much more some cars depreciate compared to others. According to a recent report, some cars lost as much as 70% of their value within just five years, while others lost just 30% within the same period.

These findings are based on a report released by used car listing web site iSeeCars.com. The report found that 2014 model cars sold that year depreciated by 49.6%, on average, based on their sale price in 2019. The 20 models on this list depreciated by over 66%.

Most of the cars that held their value the longest are trucks, SUVs, and sports cars, while the cars that lost the most value are primarily electric vehicles and luxury sedans. This closely mirrors the general trend of customer preferences in the U.S. auto market in recent years.

After gas prices fell precipitously in 2014 and have remained below $3.00 per gallon, fewer buyers have chosen cars based on fuel efficiency, and as sales of electric vehicles in particular have suffered, sales of larger vehicles have skyrocketed. These are the worst-selling cars of the decade.

There are other factors affecting how much value a car retains, including how well the vehicle hold together over time. Another important factor is whether the model attracts a lot of buyers on the used car market. According to iSeeCars, high depreciation of luxury vehicles is due to high starting prices and the unwillingness among luxury car buyers to pay high prices for used models. Individuals able to afford expensive vehicles seem to prefer new cars, while the average used car buyer often cannot afford the relatively higher prices for used luxury models. The company added that luxury cars are expensive to maintain, which further depresses resale value. These are the new cars most likely to break down.

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20. Lincoln MKT
> Model depreciation after 5 years: -66.1% (-$37,997)
> Avg. 2014 price for a new model: $57,489
> Avg. 2019 price of a used 2014 model: $19,492
> Vehicle type: SUV

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Source: Mercedes-Benz

19. Mercedes-Benz CLS
> Model depreciation after 5 years: -66.6% (-$59,369)
> Avg. 2014 price for a new model: $89,101
> Avg. 2019 price of a used 2014 model: $29,732
> Vehicle type: Sedan

Source: cadillac.com

18. Cadillac CTS
> Model depreciation after 5 years: -66.8% (-$40,031)
> Avg. 2014 price for a new model: $59,893
> Avg. 2019 price of a used 2014 model: $19,862
> Vehicle type: Sedan

Source: Courtesy of Audi USA

17. Audi A6
> Model depreciation after 5 years: -66.8% (-$42,187)
> Avg. 2014 price for a new model: $63,163
> Avg. 2019 price of a used 2014 model: $20,976
> Vehicle type: Sedan

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Source: Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

16. Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
> Model depreciation after 5 years: -67.2% (-$30,091)
> Avg. 2014 price for a new model: $44,776
> Avg. 2019 price of a used 2014 model: $14,685
> Vehicle type: Sedan

15. Cadillac XTS
> Model depreciation after 5 years: -67.2% (-$40,136)
> Avg. 2014 price for a new model: $59,755
> Avg. 2019 price of a used 2014 model: $19,619
> Vehicle type: Sedan

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Source: Courtesy of BMW

14. BMW 3 Series
> Model depreciation after 5 years: -67.3% (-$36,954)
> Avg. 2014 price for a new model: $54,872
> Avg. 2019 price of a used 2014 model: $17,918
> Vehicle type: Hatchback

Source: BMW USA

13. BMW M6
> Model depreciation after 5 years: -67.4% (-$95,933)
> Avg. 2014 price for a new model: $142,242
> Avg. 2019 price of a used 2014 model: $46,309
> Vehicle type: Sedan

Source: Jaguar

12. Jaguar XF
> Model depreciation after 5 years: -67.8% (-$43,084)
> Avg. 2014 price for a new model: $63,518
> Avg. 2019 price of a used 2014 model: $20,434
> Vehicle type: Sedan

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11. Mercedes-Benz E-Class
> Model depreciation after 5 years: -67.9% (-$44,986)
> Avg. 2014 price for a new model: $66,273
> Avg. 2019 price of a used 2014 model: $21,287
> Vehicle type: Sedan

10. Chevrolet Volt
> Model depreciation after 5 years: -68.1% (-$27,282)
> Avg. 2014 price for a new model: $40,064
> Avg. 2019 price of a used 2014 model: $12,782
> Vehicle type: Hatchback

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9. Jaguar XJL
> Model depreciation after 5 years: -68.9% (-$66,879)
> Avg. 2014 price for a new model: $97,018
> Avg. 2019 price of a used 2014 model: $30,139
> Vehicle type: Sedan

Source: Courtesy of BMW

8. BMW 6 Series
> Model depreciation after 5 years: -69.0% (-$69,524)
> Avg. 2014 price for a new model: $100,784
> Avg. 2019 price of a used 2014 model: $31,260
> Vehicle type: Sedan

7. Ford Fusion Energi
> Model depreciation after 5 years: -69.1% (-$29,590)
> Avg. 2014 price for a new model: $42,810
> Avg. 2019 price of a used 2014 model: $13,220
> Vehicle type: Sedan

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Source: BMW of North America

6. BMW 5 Series
> Model depreciation after 5 years: -69.2% (-$44,673)
> Avg. 2014 price for a new model: $64,575
> Avg. 2019 price of a used 2014 model: $19,902
> Vehicle type: Sedan

Source: Courtesy of Acura

5. Acura RLX
> Model depreciation after 5 years: -69.2% (-$42,913)
> Avg. 2014 price for a new model: $62,003
> Avg. 2019 price of a used 2014 model: $19,090
> Vehicle type: Sedan

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4. BMW i3
> Model depreciation after 5 years: -70.9% (-$38,922)
> Avg. 2014 price for a new model: $54,935
> Avg. 2019 price of a used 2014 model: $16,013
> Vehicle type: Hatchback

3. Nissan LEAF
> Model depreciation after 5 years: -71.0% (-$25,350)
> Avg. 2014 price for a new model: $35,709
> Avg. 2019 price of a used 2014 model: $10,359
> Vehicle type: Hatchback

Source: BMW USA

2. BMW 7 Series
> Model depreciation after 5 years: -71.3% (-$75,550)
> Avg. 2014 price for a new model: $106,015
> Avg. 2019 price of a used 2014 model: $30,465
> Vehicle type: Sedan

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1. Maserati Quattroporte
> Model depreciation after 5 years: -72.2% (-$97,178)
> Avg. 2014 price for a new model: $134,582
> Avg. 2019 price of a used 2014 model: $37,404
> Vehicle type: Sedan

 

Methodology: 

24/7 Wall St. listed the 20 models with the largest average value depreciation between 2014 and 2019. This list came from used car listing website iSeeCars.com. iSeeCars differentiated some models by body type — for example, the Porsche 911 convertible and the Porsche 911 coupe. To avoid repetition, we only list the body type of the model with the smallest depreciation after five years. 

iSeeCars.com analyzed nearly 7 million 2014 model year cars sold in 2014, and over 800,000 used cars from the same model year sold between January and October 2019. New car prices from 2014 were inflation-adjusted to 2019 dollars, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Low-volume vehicles, heavy-duty trucks and vans, and models no longer in production as of the 2019 model year were removed from further analysis.

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