Best New Car Values of 2016

These picks from Kelley Blue Book will hold their value and save you money at the pump.

The picks below are part of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s annual Best List, a roundup of the best values in all the areas we cover — from funds, stocks and ETFs to credit cards and bank accounts to cars, college, kid stuff, phone plans, travel and health. Discover all our Best List picks here.

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Best for resale value

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma, starting at $24,240, is the overall resale winner, retaining 70% of its value after three years, says Kelley Blue Book. The Subaru Legacy ($22,540; 45% three-year resale value) is tops in family sedans, and the Toyota Highlander ($31,430; 53%) wins among crossovers.

Best for fuel economy

For family sedans, the Mazda6 ($22,330) wins with a combined city and highway average of 31 miles per gallon. The Honda CR-V ($24,745) beats out other crossovers with a combined 28 mpg, while the BMW i3 BEV ($43,395) bests its electric-vehicle peers with the EV equivalent of a whopping 124 mpg.

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Best for overall value

Kelley Blue Book chose the redesigned Honda Civic as the overall best-value vehicle of 2016, thanks to its efficient new power­train and low starting price ($19,475). Among electric or hybrid vehicles, the Chevrolet Volt ($33,995), which was redesigned for 2016, tops its class with increased battery range and lower prices. The midsize Honda Pilot ($31,245) and the luxury Lexus RX ($42,850) crossovers topped their categories for value.

See More: Best Values in Used Cars 2016

Miriam Cross
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Miriam lived in Toronto, Canada, before joining Kiplinger's Personal Finance in November 2012. Prior to that, she freelanced as a fact-checker for several Canadian publications, including Reader's Digest Canada, Style at Home and Air Canada's enRoute. She received a BA from the University of Toronto with a major in English literature and completed a certificate in Magazine and Web Publishing at Ryerson University.