New vs. Used: 10 Cars You Should Buy New

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10 Cars That Retain Their Value

There are some cars with values that plummet the moment you drive home from the dealer. Others retain a much higher percentage of their value the first year, making them a better deal to buy new than used, because you won’t find much of a discount off MSRP by waiting.

According to a study by, a new car’s value drops by an average of 21.2 percent over the first year. However, some do much better, dropping by only half that amount. If you buy these cars new, you’ll get a vehicle that’s free of any wear and tear, the full duration warranty, and that coveted new car smell.

Many of the cars listed are in high demand new, so you might not be able to great deal when you buy. You’ll want to use a tool like U.S. News & World Report’s Best Price Program to make sure you save as much as possible off the vehicle’s MSRP. Surprisingly, not all of the cars on this list are at or near the top of our rankings for their categories. A couple are near the bottom of their segments, so it is best to do your research, as a vehicle with the lowest depreciation in its first year may not represent a strong long-term value.

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