Residual value is something to consider when shopping for a new vehicle. Higher residual values mean lower monthly payments if you decide to lease the vehicle and better resale value if you decide to buy it. However, these are the minivans, SUVs and trucks with the lowest residual values for 2005 — that is, they're likely to depreciate the most during the ownership period. Below, we show the percentage of its original value that each vehicle is likely to retain after five years with an annual mileage of 15,000. Note that the residual value percentages are based on the national True Market Value® (TMV) price, plus typical options and destination charge.
Although you might think these are vehicles to avoid, keep in mind that many of them don't cost much to begin with. A Dodge Caravan might not be worth much in dollars after five years on the road, but if it continues to provide dependable transportation, it has an intangible value to you and your family. Moreover, vehicles with low residual values can be steals when they hit the used car market, as you may be able to pick up a low-mileage truck on this list for much less than you'd pay for competitors that command higher resale prices.