Sports Cars: Ford Mustang V6 coupe

Resale value: 3-year: 63%; 5-year: 46%

Sticker price: $22,995 (manual)

Invoice price: $21,719

TrueCar national average price: $22,367

MPG: City: 19; Hwy: 29

With a low price, respectable fuel economy and serious power (305 horses), Ford's pony car easily attains great value status. Add in a resale value of more than 60% after three years and the Mustang is a good bet. Giddyap!


Wagons: Ford C-Max SE

Resale value: 3-year: 61%; 5-year: 44%

Sticker price: $25,995

Invoice price: $24,294

TrueCar national average price: $24,362

MPG: City: 47; Hwy: 47

Brand-new for the 2013 model year, the C-Max hybrid boasts better fuel economy than any in its class other than its plug-in hybrid sibling, the C-Max Energi, and it bests even that version's resale values. The 2.0-liter engine in combination with the electric motor puts out 188 horses, giving the C-Max performance not typically seen in a hybrid.


Minivans: Honda Odyssey LX

Resale value: 3-year: 51%; 5-year: 40%

Sticker price: $29,505

Invoice price: $27,060

TrueCar national average price: $28,303

MPG: City: 18, Hwy: 27

It might have lost the Best in Class crown this year to the Toyota Sienna, which has more horsepower and headroom and gains points for knee airbags, but the Odyssey still claims better fuel economy, more interior and cargo space, and higher resale values. It features six airbags and is an IIHS Top Safety Pick.


Small Crossovers: Subaru Forester 2.5X

Resale value: 3-year: 56%: 5-year: 39%

Sticker price: $23,290

Invoice price: $22,051

TrueCar national average price: $21,949

MPG: City: 21; Hwy: 27

A perennial Kiplinger favorite, Subaru's Forester offers value in a no-nonsense package. All-wheel drive to take you over the river and through the woods is standard on the IIHS Top Safety Pick, as are Bluetooth and six airbags. Add the All-Weather Package ($500) on the Premium trim level for heated front seats and exterior mirrors, plus a windshield-wiper de-icer.


Midsize and Large Crossovers: Lexus RX 350

Resale value: 3-year: 61%; 5-year: 46%

Sticker price: $40,205

Invoice price: $37,649

TrueCar national average price: $38,563

MPG: City: 18; Hwy: 25

Though the RX's hybrid sibling, the RX 450h, walks off with Best in Class this year, chalk that up to that model's extra fuel economy and horsepower. The RX 350's 3.5-liter V6 puts out plenty of horses (270), and the car costs $6,600 less than the hybrid RX. It also nets a one-percentage-point better resale value after three years and two extra points after five.


Truck-based SUVs: Jeep Wrangler Sport

Resale value: 3-year: 58%; 5-year: 42%

Sticker price: $23,190 (manual)

Invoice price: $22,617

TrueCar national average price: $22,940

MPG: City: 17; Hwy: 21

Jeeps set the standard for off-roading. For 2013, the timeless Wrangler features a 3.6-liter V6 that delivers 21 mpg on the highway and 285 horses, plus new front and rear seats engineered for more comfort on long hauls. On summer days, pop the top for the ultimate in fun.

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