These Are the 15 Best Cars to Buy New

It's an old chestnut that cars plummet in value the moment they leave the lot. These cars don't, even after a year.

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One old chestnut of car-buying is that a new car's value plummets the second you leave the lot — and therefore, you can save some money buying a mildly used car. In many cases, that is true — the average new car has lost about 17 percent of its value by the time it's a year old — but it's not true with all cars.

With some vehicles, it takes a while for the depreciation to kick in. For those cars and trucks, rather than buying used, you're better off heading to the dealer for a new one.

A new iSeeCars.com study looked at the cars with the lowest depreciation rates after one year of ownership — and as it turns out, the list includes some of our favorite off-roading pickups and SUVs.

Check out the top 15 best cars to buy new instead of lightly used below.

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1. Tesla Model 3

Percent Drop: 2.1%

Price Difference: $923

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toyota tacoma nightshade
Toyota
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2. Toyota Tacoma

Percent Drop: 4.2%

Price Difference: $1,557

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Kia
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3. Kia Telluride

Percent Drop: 5.7%

Price Difference: $2,456

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Ford
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4. Ford Ranger

Percent Drop: 7.1%

Price Difference: $2,416

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Jeep
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5. Jeep Gladiator

Percent Drop: 7.1%

Price Difference: $3,373

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Toyota
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6. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Percent Drop: 7.8%

Price Difference: $2,808

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sierra at4
GMC
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7. GMC Sierra 1500

Percent Drop: 8.2%

Price Difference: $4,731

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Toyota
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8. Toyota Tundra

Percent Drop: 8.3%

Price Difference: $3,939

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Chevrolet
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9. Chevrolet Colorado

Percent Drop: 8.8%

Price Difference: $3,051

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Honda
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10. Honda Civic Hatchback

Percent Drop: 8.9%

Price Difference: $2,309

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Hyundai
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11. Hyundai Palisade

Percent Drop: 9.8%

Price Difference: $4,488

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Jeep
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12. Jeep Wrangler

Percent Drop: 9.9%

Price Difference: $3,712

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Subaru
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13. Subaru WRX

Percent Drop: 1o.2%

Price Difference: $3,506

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toyota 4runner
Toyota
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14. Toyota 4Runner

Percent Drop: 10.8%

Price Difference: $4,909

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Ford
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Chevrolet
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15. Chevrolet Silverado

Percent Drop: 11.2%

Price Difference: $5,072

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