When buying a new car some people pay a lot of attention to the resale value, others pay little attention to it, but either way it can be an important piece of financial information for the future. How do you find out what the resale value of a particular car is? Well, luck would have it that organizations like Kelly Blue Book or Edmunds do this work for you and all you have to do is log-on and check it out. Recently, at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Kelly Blue Book (KBB) released their 2011 Best Resale Value Awards winners by overall brand and by particular car categories. Of course, AllSmallCars.com was eager to see which subcompact, compact, hybrid/alternative fuel and sports car made the list—and we have them right here.

2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI

2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI

You might have already read the AllSmallCars.com report on the 2011 Ford Mustang GT winning Best Resale Value for the performance car category. This is a great achievement for Ford with an icon of the American automotive landscape. That leaves the Subcompact, Compact and Sports car categories, at least for our categories of cars. For the Subcompact category the 2011 Honda Fit takes the Best Resale Award honors and the Mini Cooper grabs the honors for the Compact car category. For the Sports car category it will come as no surprise to Subaru aficionados that the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX takes home this categories honors. Most would agree that the WRX is very good performance for the dollar with some 265 horsepower and 244 pound-feet of torque coupled to a best in class all-wheel drive system.

With that, we are down to the Hybrid/Alternative fuel vehicle category and we were a little surprised by this one. Some might have hypothesized that this would go to the 2011 Toyota Prius, but it turns out it didn’t go to a hybrid vehicle at all. This year the 2011 Best Resale Value Award for hybrid/alternative fuel goes to the 2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI. As KBB.com says, “Combining superior fuel economy, a practical hatchback design, good acceleration and eager driving dynamics, the Volkswagen Golf TDI is a green car with few downsides.”

That rounds out the cars that we here at AllSmallCars.com check out on a regular basis. So if you are in the market for a small or alternative fuel car, be sure to take a second look at the winners of the KBB Best Resale Value Award winners.


[Source: KBB.com]