Trucks with Best Resale Value

Kelley Blue Book Names 2012 Trucks it Projects Will Have the Best Resale Value

2012 Toyota Tacoma - Front & Side Photo
2012 Toyota Tacoma Pickup Truck. Photo © Toyota Motor Corporation

Each year, Kelley Blue Book ranks the current-year vehicles it thinks will retain the highest percent of their value, considering values after three years and five years. The Blue Book separates pickup trucks into two categories, mid-size trucks and full-size trucks. Below are Kelley's top picks for each of those groups for 2012 models:

Projected Values of 2012 Mid-size Pickup Trucks

Both of the pickup trucks listed in the mid-size category also made Kelley Blue Book's Top 10 list of all vehicles that were ranked for resale value.

1st Place, 2012 Toyota Tacoma Pickup Trucks
Kelley estimates that 2012 Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks will retain 64.0% of their value after the first three years and 49.0% of their value after five years.

2nd Place, 2012 Nissan Frontier Pickup Trucks
Kelley feels that 2012 Frontier trucks will retain 56.2% of their value after the first three years and 42.8% of their value after five years.

Projected Values of 2012 Full-size Pickup Trucks

1st Place, 2012 Ford Super Duty Pickup Truck
Kelley projects that 2012 Super Duty pickups will retain 55.1% of their value after the first three years and 38.7% of their value after five years.

2nd Place, 2012 Toyota Tundra Pickup Trucks

Kelley projects that the 2012 Tundra truck will retain 54.7% of its value after the first three years and 38.7% of its value after five years.

3rd Place, 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche Sport Utility Trucks
Avalanche is expected to retain 47.3% of its value after the first three years and 32.7% of its value after five years.

  • Avalanche hasn't been significantly updated since 2010, and Chevy plans to ends its production in 2013 with the release of the Black Diamond Edition, joining other automakers who are moving away from sport utility and compact trucks.

Remember that the percentages offered by Kelley Blue Book are only projections, but they are based on nearly 100 years of involvement in the the automotive market. The values of used trucks vary by region, too, and in many areas, used four wheel drive pickup trucks retain a higher percentage of their value than similar two wheel drive trucks.

Other Awards Categories

Kelley ranks vehicles into many other 'best' categories, including.

  • Best brand overall for 2012 -- Toyota.
  • Top Ten 2012 models ranked strictly on resale value were: Jeep Wrangler, Toyota FJ Cruiser, Toyota Tacoma, Hyundai Tucson, Audi Q7, Infiniti FX, Honda CR-V, Lexus RX, Nissan Frontier and the Chevrolet Camaro>

About Kelley Blue Book

In 1918, Les Kelley rented space from a Los Angeles car dealer, parked three Model T's on the lot and started his auto business, the Kelley Kar Company. A few years later, Kelley began to publish lists of cars he was interested in purchasing, along with how much he'd pay for the cars. Kelley's Cash Price List was distributed to banks and to other dealers, who often referred to it when they needed to give customers a value on their trade-ins.

Kelley's business was successful and his judgement of car values was respected -- the list eventually morphed into a publication printed for auto industry use and then to the guide it is today, a resource available to everyone.

The history of Les Kelley and his Blue Book are both available on the company's Web site. He was an innovative guy who played a large part in the advancement of the auto industry.