Top 10 SUVs With the Worst Residual Value for 2008


As you weigh the candidates grappling for the honor of becoming your next SUV, it's important to consider all the pertinent factors. Certain factors, such as fuel economy, are no-brainers. But one factor that's somewhat less obvious is residual value. Higher residual values mean lower monthly payments if you opt to lease your new SUV, and more favorable resale value should you choose to purchase your ride.

This list takes a look at the sport-utility vehicles with the lowest residual values for 2008; these are the SUVs likely to depreciate the most during the ownership period. Included is the percentage of its original value that each SUV is likely to retain after five years with an annual mileage of 15,000. Residual value percentages are based on the national True Market Value (TMV®) price, plus typical options and destination charge.

You might think that the smart move to make when considering these SUVs is to run screaming for the hills, but these vehicles offer certain benefits. Many of them boast dirt-cheap price tags. They are also huge bargains when purchased used, since you'll likely be able to purchase an SUV on this list for a much lower price than you'd pay for a vehicle with a more impressive resale value.

  1. 2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor

    1. 2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor — 31.1%

  2. 2008 Dodge Durango

    2. 2008 Dodge Durango — 31.9%

  3. 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee

    3. 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee — 33.0%

  4. 2008 Saab 9-7X

    4. 2008 Saab 9-7X — 33.3%

  5. 2008 Isuzu Ascender

    5. 2008 Isuzu Ascender — 33.7% (tie)
    2008 Chrysler Aspen — 33.7% (tie)

  6. 2008 GMC Envoy

    6. 2008 GMC Envoy — 33.9%

  7. 2008 Mercury Mountaineer

    7. 2008 Mercury Mountaineer — 34.2%

  8. 2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

    8. 2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer — 34.6%

  9. 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara

    9. 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara — 34.8%

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