Car depreciation: 5 models that lose value

2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara Premium RWD
2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara Premium RWD
  • MSRP: $22,349
  • Depreciation over five years: $14,379
  • Gas mileage:
    • City - 19 mpg
    • Highway - 25 mpg

The Suzuki Grand Vitara may not be a standout when it comes to depreciation, but for consumers who are willing to trade good resale value for upfront affordability, they won't be disappointed by this subcompact SUV.

However, from a depreciation-value standpoint, things don't look like they are going to improve. "With Suzuki exiting the U.S. marketplace, residual values will continue the downward trend that the brand has been experiencing over the past few years," Lyman says.

According to IntelliChoice, the Grand Vitara Premium will lose $14,379 of its value in five years and has a complete cost of ownership of $39,864 in that time frame.

Consumers willing to pay a little more for their subcompact SUV but still want one that holds value will do better with the 2013 Mini Cooper Countryman, with an MSRP of $22,000. According to IntelliChoice, the Countryman depreciates $10,210 in five years and has a complete cost of ownership of $31,974 after five years.


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