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Dear AutoShopin Community:

When it comes to leasing, depreciation cost will be the largest portion of your monthly payment. Depreciation is the difference between what the vehicle is worth at the time of the lease, and what it’s worth at the end of your lease (called Residual Value). So it makes sense to lease a car with low depreciation cost and therefore a high residual value.

Residual value is calculated as a percentage of MSRP.  The higher the percentage, the lower your depreciation cost during a lease.  For example, if a car has an MSRP of $30,000 and the leasing company has calculated a residual value of 50% after 36 months, that means the total depreciation cost will be $15,000, that’s if you purchase the car at MSRP – which you should not if you’re an AutoShopin.com  member – any price you negotiate below MSRP will reduce your overall depreciation cost.

Below, you’ll find a list of the vehicles with the highest 36-month residual values. These are the vehicles you will be paying the least when it comes to depreciation – and which may be better to lease than to purchase, especially if you plan to keep it for only 3 years and not drive more than 12,000 miles per year. The vehicle with the best residual value right now is the 2018 Toyota Tacoma, with a residual value of 74% over 3 years. With an MSRP of $32,045, that means it will depreciate by only $8,331 over 3 years (if you were to pay full MSRP).

Keep in mind residual values are best-guess estimates, and sometimes leasing companies set them higher than what they actually expect the vehicle to be worth (as a hidden incentive so lease payments are lower).  The residual value is in the lease contract, that’s why these vehicles may be a better choice to lease than purchase, especially the ones with residuals over 60%.

Not all vehicles with high residual values offer good lease deals (due to factors like the interest rates and other fees). For these types of deals, it’s better to purchase the vehicle rather than lease – check out the final column in the table below to see if it’s better to lease or buy the vehicle.

Rank

Vehicle

Trim

MSRP

Lease Payment ($0 Down)

Residual

Better To…

1

2018 Toyota Tacoma SR5

$32,045

$345

74.0%

Lease

2

2017 Toyota Tacoma SR5

$35,497

$377

72.0%

Lease

3

2018 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i 6MT

$22,710

$248

71.0%

Lease
  1. 4
2018 Subaru WRX WRX 6MT

$27,855

$320

69.0%

Lease
5 2017 Toyota Highlander LE

$35,305

$345

69.0%

Lease

6

2018 Subaru Outback 2.5i

$26,810

$281

69.0%

Lease

7

2017 Nissan Frontier SV 4×4 AT

$29,835

$341

67.0%

Lease

8

2017 Subaru WRX WRX 6MT

$27,515

$310

67.0%

Lease

9

2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i

$26,520

$271

67.0%

Lease

10

2018 Toyota Tundra SR5

$38,664

$439

66.0%

                   Lease

11

2017 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i 5MT

$22,570

$239

66.0%

Lease

12

2018 Toyota Highlander LE

$35,759

$355

66.0%

Lease

13

2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i 6MT

$23,710

$261

66.0%

Lease

14

2017 Toyota Tundra SR5

$40,063

$468

65.0%

Lease

15

2017 BMW X3 X3 xDrive35i

$51,595

$608

64.0%

Buy

16

2017 BMW X4 X4 M40i

$60,745

$728

64.0%

Buy

17

2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE Hybrid

$30,060

$330

64.0%

Lease

18

2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 6MT

$23,470

$251

64.0%

Lease

19

2018 Infiniti QX30 QX30

$30,945

$361

63.0%

Lease

20

2018 Mazda CX-9 Sport

$33,070

$374

63.0%

Lease

21

2018 Honda Pilot 6 Speed 2WD EX-L

$37,735

$457

63.0%

Buy

22

2018 Kia Sorento LX

$28,040

$340

63.0%

Buy

23

2016 Nissan Frontier SV CC 4×4 AT

$28,935

$311

63.0%

Lease

24

2018 Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe 2.0L 296HP

$62,130

$673

63.0%

Lease

25

2017 Honda Fit LX

$17,765

$202

63.0%

Lease

26

2017 Toyota 4Runner SR5

$37,139

$420

63.0%

Lease

27

2018 Acura RDX 6 Speed

$36,775

$388

63.0%

Lease

28

2017 Honda HR-V 2WD LX

$21,205

$248

63.0%

Lease

29

2018 Jaguar XE 25t

$37,615

$392

62.6%

Lease

30

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback LX

$21,375

$246

62.0%

Lease

31

2017 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive Gran Turismo

$75,195

$930

62.0%

Buy

32

2018 Acura MDX 9 Speed

$45,195

$500

62.0%

Lease

33

2017 Toyota RAV4 LE

$27,564

$275

62.0%

Lease

34

2017 Toyota Yaris iA Yaris iA

$17,915

$209

62.0%

Lease

35

2017 Toyota Corolla LE

$20,024

$206

62.0%

Lease

36

2017 Nissan Titan S CC 4×2

$35,975

$418

62.0%

Lease

37

2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport SE

$37,695

$435

61.6%

Lease

38

2017 Kia Optima LX

$23,095

$264

61.0%

Lease

39

2017 Toyota Corolla iM iM

$20,540

$232

61.0%

Lease

40

2018 VW Tiguan NULL

$25,495

$268

61.0%

Lease

41

2018 BMW 3 Series 340i xDrive Gran Turismo

$57,895

$658

61.0%

Lease

42

2018 BMW X4 X4 M40i

$61,745

$758

61.0%

Buy

43

2017 Nissan Pathfinder S 4×4

$32,990

$316

61.0%

Lease

44

2018 Honda Civic Si Sedan 6 Speed Manual

$24,990

$284

61.0%

Lease

45

2018 Subaru Legacy 2.5i

$23,055

$252

61.0%

Lease

46

2017 Honda Civic Sedan LX

$20,415

$238

61.0%

Lease

47

2017 BMW 3 Series 330i xDrive Sedan

$43,395

$468

61.0%

Lease

48

2017 BMW X1 X1 xDrive28i

$38,595

$428

61.0%

Lease

49

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE

$23,460

$248

61.0%

Lease

50

2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport SE

$40,775

$495

60.4%

Buy

51

2017 Range Rover Evoque SE 5 DOOR

$41,800

$483

60.4%

Lease

52

2017 Jaguar XE 25t

$35,750

$355

60.1%

Lease

53

2018 VW All-New Tiguan NULL

$26,540

$327

60.0%

Buy

54

2018 Mini Countryman Cooper

$28,950

$346

60.0%

Buy

55

2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 4D 5MT

$19,215

$213

60.0%

Lease

56

2018 Kia Sportage LX

$24,395

$271

60.0%

Lease

57

2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE Hybrid

$30,364

$320

60.0%

Lease

58

2017 Hyundai Tucson 2.0 SE

$23,595

$263

60.0%

Lease

59

2017 Kia Sportage LX

$24,095

$255

60.0%

Lease

60

2018 Acura TLX 8 Speed Dual-Clutch

$33,950

$389

60.0%

Lease

61

2018 VW Atlas Launch Edition

$34,425

$421

60.0%

Buy

62

2018 Honda Civic Hatchback LX

$21,740

$264

60.0%

Buy

63

2018 Mini Hardtop 2 Door Cooper

$24,650

$277

60.0%

Lease

64

2017 Honda Pilot 6 Speed 2WD EX-L

$37,580

$438

60.0%

Lease

65

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr GLS

$31,695

$330

60.0%

Lease

66

2018 Range Rover Evoque SE 5 DOOR

$46,035

$563

59.3%

Buy

67

2018 Toyota RAV4 NULL

$27,309

$285

59.0%

Lease

68

2016 Mercedes E-Class E350 4MATIC® Wagon

$64,155

$791

59.0%

Buy

69

2018 Honda Civic Si Coupe 6 Speed Manual

$24,990

$284

59.0%

Lease

70

2017 Mazda CX-5 Sport

$24,985

$268

59.0%

Lease

71

2017 Audi Q3 SUV 2.0T

$32,750

$371

59.0%

Lease

72

2017 Subaru Legacy 2.5i

$22,815

$242

59.0%

Lease

73

2018 Mazda CX-5 Sport

$25,125

$258

59.0%

Lease

74

2017 Acura MDX 9 Speed

$45,025

$481

59.0%

Lease

75

2017 Honda Civic Coupe LX

$20,825

$238

59.0%

Lease

76

2018 BMW i3 BMW i3s with Range Extender

$54,795

$508

58.0%

Lease

77

2017 Lincoln MKC Premiere

$33,805

$392

58.0%

Lease

78

2017 Toyota Camry SE

$24,929

$228

58.0%

Lease

79

2017 Acura RDX 6 Speed

$36,645

$360

58.0%

Lease

80

2017 Mercedes GLA GLA250 4MATIC® SUV

$38,525

$453

58.0%

Buy

81

2018 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 5D Sport 5MT

$23,455

$249

58.0%

Lease

82

2017 Honda Civic Si Sedan 6 Speed Manual

$24,790

$257

58.0%

Lease

83

2017 Mercedes SLC SLC300 Roadster

$51,375

$633

58.0%

Buy

84

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe NULL

$31,800

$380

58.0%

Buy

85

2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid Hybrid LE

$27,879

$282

58.0%

Lease

86

2017 BMW i3 BMW i3 with Range Extender

$50,995

$438

58.0%

Lease

87

2017 Toyota Sienna LE

$33,480

$373

58.0%

Lease

88

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid Hybrid LE

$28,695

$350

58.0%

Buy

89

2017 Nissan Rogue S AWD

$26,495

$288

58.0%

Lease

90

2017 Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe

$68,100

$605

57.8%

Lease

91

2018 Genesis G80 NULL

$42,725

$518

57.0%

Buy

92

2017 Toyota Prius v Two

$27,510

$335

57.0%

Buy

93

2018 Honda Civic Coupe LX

$20,940

$239

57.0%

Lease