(iSeeCars) – Electric vehicles are the worst at holding their value, while hybrids, sports cars and trucks depreciate the least.


  • Electric vehicles are the worst segment at holding their value, losing 49.1 percent in five years
  • Trucks and hybrids retain the most value, losing only 35 and 37 percent, respectively
  • Several sports cars, small SUVs and economy cars also hold their value extremely well, with the Porsche 911, Jeep Wrangler and Honda Civic among the best models
  • Luxury sedans and SUVs, including the Maserati Quattroporte, BMW 7 series and Maserati Ghibli, are some of the worst vehicles at holding their value

All cars are holding their value better in 2023 compared to 2019 as a result of reduced new car production during the pandemic and constrained used car supply today. Prior to the pandemic, the average car would lose about 50 percent of its value in five years. Today the average 5-year depreciation is 38.8 percent, with electric vehicles the worst group – losing approximately half their value. 

iSeeCars analyzed over 1.1 million vehicles sold from November 2022 to October 2023 to determine 5-year depreciation rates. In comparing this data historically, it found that depreciation was lower across major segments than in 2019.

“The good news for car owners is that all used cars hold their value better than they did five years ago,” said Karl Brauer, iSeeCars executive analyst. “But not all used cars retain value equally, with trucks and hybrids among the best segments and electric vehicles the worst. Hybrids have a nearly 12 percentage point advantage over EVs in value retention, which translates to thousands of dollars in higher market value after five years.”

EVs have the worst depreciation across major vehicle types

While the average 5-year depreciation for all vehicles is 38.8 percent, electric vehicles are more than 10 percentage points worse at 49.1 percent. SUVs also lose more value than the average vehicle at 41.2 percent.

5-Year Depreciation for Notable Segments – iSeeCars Study
Segment20232019% Improvement Since 2019 (Percentage Points)

“The disparity between electric vehicles and hybrids is worth noting, with EVs the worst group at holding their value and hybrids among the best,” said Brauer. “Some manufacturers have reduced or even abandoned the hybrid market in favor of EVs, but these figures suggest consumers still appreciate a hybrid’s combination of higher fuel efficiency and zero range anxiety.”

Vehicles that depreciated the least over five years

These 25 cars hold their value far better than average. The top-ranked Porsche 911 coupe only loses 9.3 percent of its value after five years, indicating incredibly strong demand for this sports car in the used market. Three other Porsches, along with six Toyotas, four Subarus, and three Chervolets, reflect ongoing consumer demand for sports cars, small SUVs, and fuel-efficient economy cars. The rise in used car pricing over the past few years drove many buyers toward these smaller, lower-priced models.

Top 25 Vehicles With the Lowest 5-Year Depreciation – iSeeCars Study
RankModelAverage 5-Year DepreciationAverage $ Difference from MSRP
1Porsche 911 (coupe)9.3%$18,094
2Porsche 718 Cayman17.6%$13,372
3Toyota Tacoma20.4%$8,359
4Jeep Wrangler/Wrangler Unlimited20.8%$8,951
5Honda Civic (sedan/hatchback)21.5%$5,817
6Subaru BRZ23.4%$8,114
7Chevrolet Camaro24.2%$10,161
8Toyota C-HR24.4%$6,692
9Subaru Crosstrek24.5%$7,214
10Toyota Corolla24.5%$5,800
11Ford Mustang24.5%$10,035
12Porsche 718 Boxster25.1%$20,216
13Toyota Tundra25.3%$12,588
14Kia Rio 5-Door25.8%$5,006
15Porsche 911 (convertible)26.0%$42,227
16Honda HR-V26.2%$7,318
17Subaru Impreza26.2%$6,927
18Kia Rio26.3%$4,959
19Chevrolet Spark26.6%$4,784
20Toyota RAV427.2%$8,858
21Hyundai Accent27.4%$5,353
22Toyota 4Runner27.4%$13,147
23Chevrolet Corvette27.5%$22,712
24Nissan Kicks27.5%$6,560
25Subaru Impreza27.8%$7,158
Overall Average38.8%$17,221

“Several sports cars are among the top vehicles at holding their value, including four of the top 10 models,” said Brauer. “We saw a spike in demand for ‘fun’ cars during the pandemic lockdowns, and demand for them remains strong in the post-pandemic world.”

Vehicles that depreciated the most over five years

Luxury cars always depreciate faster than mainstream models, with the latest data confirming luxury cars lose an average of 48.1 percent in value after five years. This compares to the industry average of 38.8 percent and 36.8 percent for non-luxury cars. The worst offenders are luxury sedans and large luxury SUVs.

Top 25 Vehicles With the Highest 5-Year Depreciation – iSeeCars Study
RankModelAverage 5-Year DepreciationAverage $ Difference from MSRP
1Maserati Quattroporte64.5%$90,588
2BMW 7 Series61.8%$72,444
3Maserati Ghibli61.3%$58,623
4BMW 5 Series (hybrid)58.8%$37,975
5Cadillac Escalade ESV58.5%$63,885
6BMW X558.2%$44,828
7INFINITI QX8058.1%$47,399
8Maserati Levante57.8%$55,858
9Jaguar XF57.6%$39,720
10Audi A757.2%$48,917
11Audi Q756.8%$41,731
12Cadillac Escalade56.5%$59,093
13Audi A656.3%$38,252
14Volvo S9055.8%$35,365
15Nissan Armada55.7%$36,875
16Mercedes-Benz S-Class55.7%$70,563
17Lincoln Navigator L55.5%$57,224
18Mercedes-Benz GLS55.5%$54,523
19Tesla Model S55.5%$60,145
20BMW 5 Series55.3%$39,856
21BMW X554.7%$39,992
22Lincoln Navigator54.7%$53,582
23BMW X5 M54.0%$66,277
24Land Rover Range Rover53.9%$68,874
25Cadillac XT553.9%$31,737
Overall Average38.8%$17,221

“Buyers looking to keep their vehicles for a long time shouldn’t be too worried about these depreciation rates,” said Brauer. “But if you’re rotating into a new vehicle every few years and those vehicles are luxury sedans or large luxury SUVs, you’re losing a lot of money.”

Electric vehicle depreciation – among the worst

Electric vehicles are still relatively new to the market, which limits the ability to track their 5-year depreciation. But all of the EVs below have been in production for at least five years and have lost more value than the 38.8 percent average across all used cars.

Ranking of EVs by 5-Year Depreciation – iSeeCars Study
RankModelAverage 5-Year Depreciation
1Tesla Model 342.9%
EV Average49.1%
2Tesla Model X49.9%
3Nissan LEAF50.8%
4Chevrolet Bolt EV51.1%
5Tesla Model S55.5%

“Between incentives that effectively lower an EV’s price before it’s even purchased and concerns about battery replacement costs, used electric vehicles have always suffered higher depreciation than equivalent gasoline cars,” said Brauer. “This pattern will continue until electric vehicles don’t require heavy incentives to sell and consumers gain confidence in their long-term ownership costs.”

Hybrid vehicle depreciation – among the best

Hybrid residual values have improved by nearly 20 percentage points in the past 4 years, moving down from 56.7 percent in 2019 to 37.4 percent today. A combination of higher fuel prices and increased familiarity with the technology has expanded the market and raised demand for hybrid vehicles. 

Ranking of Hybrids by 5-Year Depreciation – iSeeCars Study
RankModelAverage 5-Year Depreciation
1Toyota Prius27.9%
2Toyota Prius Prime28.1%
3Toyota RAV4 Hybrid29.1%
4Toyota Camry Hybrid35.3%
5Honda Accord Hybrid36.4%
6Toyota Highlander Hybrid36.5%
7Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid37.4%
Hybrid Average37.4%
8Kia Niro37.6%
9Toyota Avalon Hybrid43.0%
10Hyundai Sonata Hybrid43.5%
11Lexus ES 300h45.2%
12Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid46.1%
13Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV46.2%
14Porsche Panamera47.5%
15BMW 3 Series52.3%
16BMW X558.2%
17BMW 5 Series58.8%

“Toyota’s extensive history with hybrid models has established a strong customer base, though Honda and Hyundai are also building a hybrid following,” said Brauer.

The pandemic’s effect lingers on

“Higher new and used car prices are here to stay,” said Brauer. “Until the restricted new car production of model years 2020 through 2022 moves completely through the used car market there will be a lack of vehicles to meet demand. That means better residual value for car owners, but also higher prices for buyers for the foreseeable future.”

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iSeeCars analyzed over 1.1 million used cars from model year 2018 sold from November 2022 to October 2023. Heavy-duty trucks and vans, models no longer in production as of the 2022 model year, and low-volume models were removed from further analysis. MSRPs from 2018 were inflation-adjusted to 2023 dollars based on data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The difference in average asking price for each vehicle between its MSRP and its used car pricing was mathematically modeled to obtain the vehicle’s depreciation.

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