Residual values are a funny thing. They're the prediction of what a new car will be worth five years down the road.
Kelley Blue Book, the parent company of kbb.com (a great website for used car information) hands out annual rewards for residual values for model years. The 2013 list came out, which got me thinking about the 2011 residual value award winners.
It's an interesting list that seems to be holding up two years later. Granted, not all residual values are going to hold up thanks to things like market conditions and recalls and other issues, but it's safe to say that certain new cars are simply going to be more expensive as used cars as a percent of value.
Check out the list of 2011 residual value winners. It could alter the used car model choice you are making.