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6 top cars in class with high resale value

Honda Civic: Best in the compact class
Honda Civic
  • MSRP: $18,165
  • Gas mileage:
    • City - 28 mpg
    • Highway - 39 mpg

When many drivers think of an affordable compact car, they often zero in on the Honda Civic, which is probably why this car was the winner in its category in the Kelly Blue Book ranking. The 2013 Honda Civic is rated at a 62.3 percent resale value after three years, according to KBB, and was acknowledged for its low price, reliability and fuel economy. ALG gives its resale value at 58.7 percent.

Not only will drivers of the four-door Civic applaud the gas mileage, but they will appreciate the built-in Eco Assist technology that will tell you whether you are driving efficiently at a glance. Push the ECON button and the Civic will adjust functions to boost fuel efficiency. Standard in the 1.8-liter four-cylinder Honda Civic is the intelligent multi-information display that gathers all of the car's stats on one screen. The Civic may be small, but that doesn't mean it's not safe. The body design of the Civic increases occupant protection in the event of a crash, and the anti-lock braking system helps prevent the wheels from locking up.

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