If you're in the market for certified pre-owned vehicle that will hold its value. You can increase your chances by purchasing a Toyota, Ford or Nissan product.
Toyota, including the Lexus and Scion brands, and Ford with its Lincoln line, had the most individual winners in the Best Certified Pre-Owned Car Values list with seven vehicles a piece. Second place belongs to Nissan and it's Infiniti line taking six individual categories.
Our friends over at Cars.com use a company by the name of Vincentric to provide the data behind their Cost of Ownership tool. Vincentric analyzed each vehicle on the list and looked at several areas such as maintenance costs, insurance, fuel, financing, repair costs, depreciation, fees, and taxes across all fifty states and the District of Colombia. The vehicles on the list consumed 15,000 miles annually and the winners of each category where the vehicles with the lowest ownership costs in their respected categories.
Check out the winners in each vehicle category below.
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|Vehicle Category||Certified Pre-Owned Car|
|Best Micro Car||Scion iQ|
|Best Subcompact Couple||Hyundai Veloster|
|Best Subcompact Hatchback||Toyota Prius C|
|Best Compact Hatchback||Toyota Prius|
|Best Compact Coupe||Honda CR-Z|
|Best Premium Compact Coupe||BMW 2 Series|
|Best Compact Hatchback||Nissan Leaf|
|Best Premium Compact Hatchback||Lexus CT 200h|
|Best Compact Sedan||Honda Civic Hybrid|
|Premium Compact Sedan||Acura ILX|
|Best Midsize Coupe||Honda Accord Coupe|
|Best Premium Midsize Coupe||BMW 4 Series|
|Best Midsize Sedan||Nissan Altima|
|Best Hybrid Midsize Sedan||Toyota Camry Hybrid|
|Best Premium Midsize Sedan||Lexus ES 300h|
|Best Large Sedan||Toyota Avalon|
|Best Premium Large Sedan||Audi A7|
|Best Convertible||Mini Cooper|
|Best Premium Convertible||Audi A5|
|Best Sports Car||Ford Mustang|
|Best Premium Sports Car||Audi TT|
|Best Wagon||Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen|
|Best Premium Wagon||Volvo XC70|
|SUVs | Vans | Crossovers|
|Best Compact Crossover||Mazda CX-5|
|Best premium Compact Crossover||Buick Encore|
|Best Midsize Crossover||Hyundai Santa Fe|
|Best Premium Midsize Crossover||Infiniti QX60|
|Best Large Crossover||Ford Explorer|
|Best Premium Large Crossover||Buick Enclave|
|Best Compact SUV||Nissan Xterra|
|Best Midsize SUV||Nissan Pathfinder|
|Best Premium Midsize SUV||Land Rover LR2|
|Best Large SUV||Ford Expedition|
|Best Premium Large SUV||Lincoln Navigator|
|Best Minivan||Nissan Quest|
|Best Compact Pickup||Toyota Tacoma|
|Best Full-Size 1/2 Ton Pickup||Ford F-150|
|Best Full-Size 3/4 Ton Heavy Duty Pickup||Ram 2500|
|Best Full -Size 1-Ton Heavy Duty Pickup||GMC Sierra 3500|
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