In our third installment on resale value, we turn to electric vehicles and hybrids. Being relatively new, these segments prompt questions about long-term value for the investment of auto consumers looking for wheels of the current model year.
Despite the fact EVs are more affordable to insure and operate than gasoline cars, will there be a significant return on your purchase price should you want to sell a few years into ownership? Kelley Blue Book took its sophisticated method of determining resale value for three and five years into the life of a vehicle and applied it to hybrid passenger cars, plug-in EVs, and hybrid SUVs to find out.
Ford Fusion Energi
The Fusion Energi is Ford’s best-selling green car and was fifth on the list of plug-ins on the U.S. market in 2014 with 11,550 units sold. According to Kelley Blue Book, those buyers will get a decent return on their investment. In three years, resale value holds at 44% of the original $34,800. After 60 months of ownership, Energi owners can expect a return of 27.5% on what was paid to a dealer.