2020 Automotive Depreciation Study Update Posted

By Jeremy Hepler (UsedFirst.com Founder) | Posted on April 16th, 2020 | Last Updated on April 16th, 2020
By Jeremy Hepler (UsedFirst.com Founder)
Posted on April 16th, 2020. Last Updated on April 16th, 2020.

Our first major update for 2020 has been published! There are now a total of 194 active models with up to date depreciation figures available. 

Toyota has re-taken the top spot from Jeep in our rankings of popular brands. Toyota has been a mainstay in the ranks of vehicles that hold their value. What's most impressive is that they are able do this across such a large spectrum of vehicle styles and overall model count.

Lexus remains at the top of the pack on the luxury side. Tesla is a close second thanks to the Model S, which has continued to show strong residual value and relatively low cost of ownership. We are eager to see if this holds true as their other electric vehicle offerings continue to mature in the market.

Our overall rankings are based on retained value at the 5 year mark. Click here for a complete list of the rankings. 

Thanks to user contact form suggestions, we've added 4 new models during this update:

BMW 2 Series

BMW X6 M

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

Ram Promaster Cargo Van


Outgoing Models Archived

Car makers have been making aggressive changes and consolidations to their line-ups in the past few years. It shows on our site with nearly 20 models no longer available in 2020. While we can no longer produce up to date depreciation charts for these models based on new vehicle sales data, we have made these available for historical purposes. Below is a list of the models that have been archived:

BMW 6 Series

BMW M3

Buick LaCrosse

Cadillac CTS

Cadillac CTS-V

Cadillac XTS

Chevrolet Cruze

Chevrolet Volt

FIAT 500

FIAT 500e

Ford Fiesta

Ford Flex

Ford Taurus

Jaguar XJ

Lincoln MKT

Nissan Versa Note

Toyota Prius c

Volkswagen Beetle


Special thanks to all of those who took the time to submit comments and suggestions. We've implemented some of your ideas (and corrections) already and have some exciting new site features planned for our savvy car shopping audience.


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