Irvine, CA – With 2005 model year vehicles arriving at dealers or soon to arrive, the editors of US-based Kelly Blue Book have made their predictions for the top ten 2005 vehicles most likely to hold their value over the next five years. Although depreciation is inevitable, some vehicles lose more than others. To retain the most of your investment KBB editors suggest consumers consider the following vehicles:

  • Acura TL
  • BMW 5 Series
  • Infiniti G35 Coupe
  • Lexus GX 470
  • Mazda RX-8
  • Mercedes Benz CLK 320 Cabriolet
  • MINI Cooper
  • Nissan 350 Z
  • Porsche Cayenne
  • Volvo XC90
  • By category:
  • SEDAN: Honda Civic
  • COUPE: Infiniti G35
  • CONVERTIBLE: Nissan 350 Z Touring Roadster
  • WAGON: Volkswagen Jetta Wagon TDI*
  • HATCHBACK: MINI Cooper
  • LUXURY: BMW 5 Series
  • PICKUP: Toyota Tacoma PreRunner
  • VAN/MINIVAN: Honda Odyssey

Predictions are based on current vehicle data, US market conditions for each vehicle, expectations of the future economy and the combined experience of Kelley Blue Book’s editorial team.

Some vehicles didn’t make the top ten list, but came close. These include the Chevrolet Corvette, the Mazda 3 Hatchback and the Volkswagen GTI. And some vehicles are predicted to depreciate much faster than others because they have a low perceived value, a reputation for high maintenance costs or low demand in the marketplace. According to KBB, this includes the Pontiac Aztec, Chrysler Sebring Sedan, Jaguar X-Types, Mitsubishi Diamante, Mercury Sable (US only) and the Suzuki Vitara.

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