Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, VW Passat: Which D-sedan has the best resale value in Malaysia?

Sanjay · Apr 11, 2021 10:00 AM

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Malaysia's D-segment sedan market isn't what one can term as 'rapidly growing' - that's an honour SUVs wear. But for those looking for 'big cars' to impress family members with, the used car market is certainly a compelling place to look. 

So this is what we'll do today: we'll be comparing the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Volkswagen Passat in this edition of our resale value battle. To keep things fair, we only selected models that were updated/introduced for the 2017 model year.

Toyota Camry - King of the segment?

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It may very well be. Prices for the 2017 Camry 2.0 GX started at RM 155,400, and standard kit back then included carbon wood interior trim and 17-inch wheels. Safety-wise, they have 7 airbags, brake assist, and vehicle stability control (VSC).

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Camry Hybrid Luxury

Powertrain-wise, there were two options across four variants: a naturally-aspirated, 2.0-litre mill (167 PS/199 Nm) for the 2.0E and 2.0GX, and a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle engine paired to a hybrid motor (combined output of 205 PS) for the Hybrid Luxury and Hybrid Premium variants.

2017 Toyota Camry value after 5 years
Price when new 155,400
Average used car price 113,329
Value retained 72.9%

Not too shabby for a car that's four years old - the Camry still commands a good price in the second-hand market, retaining 72.9% of its original price.

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Keep in mind that this particular generation had optional (additional) USB charging ports, auto-folding side mirrors, and most importantly a 360-degree camera. If you're buying, do compare with a few trusted sellers to ensure you're not overpaying for a car that lacks these items.A

Also read: Be wary of hidden charges when buying a used car!

Honda Accord - Same glam, cheaper?

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Not letting the Camry slip, the Accord was facelifted in late-2016, encapsulating a more aggressive exterior and slightly updated interior. Safety features of this Accord include 6 airbags across the range, brake assist, and vehicle stability assist (VSA).

Honda LaneWatch is available too, but only on the 2.0 VTi-L and 2.4 VTi variants.

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Two engine choices across three variants are on offer: a 2.4-litre mill (175 PS/225 Nm) for the range-topper, while the remaining pair share a 2.0-litre SOHC i-VTEC engine (155 PS/190 Nm).

2017 Honda Accord value after 5 years
Price when new 153,800
Average used car price 101,960
Value retained 66.2%

Resale value of the Accord tanked more than the Camry, it's lost about 33.8% so far.

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Accord in Obsidian Blue Pearl

The options list for the Accord were mostly visual (bodykit, interior lighting), so they shouldn't affect their second-hand value too much. 

Also read: Buying used cars: How to test drive a used car?

VW Passat - The Conti outlier?

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280 TSI Comfortline variant

Mixing it up in our three-way battle is the 2017 VW Passat, launched here back in November 2016. Standard safety kit across the range consists of six airbags, electronic stability control (ESC), brake assist, anti-skid regulation, and hill-hold control. 

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380 TSI Highline

Powertrain-wise, here's your options: a 1.8-litre (180 PS/250 Nm) mill for the base Trendline and Comfortline variants, while the range-topping Highline receives a 2.0-litre, 220 PS/350 Nm mill.

2017 VW Passat price after 5 years
Price when new 180,937
Average used car price 88,166
Value retained 48.7%

It's not looking very good for the Passat - values have dropped significantly since its launch. On average, it lost more than half its original value in just four years. 

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Should you be shopping for one, keep in mind that choice enhancements - namely the XDS electronic differential lock and Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) - are limited only to the Highline.

Also read: Personalize your drive with Volkswagen’s Dynamic Chassis Control

Conclusion - Japanese trumps Euro

Trade in User's Car Form

Through this simple comparison, it's clear that the D-segment sedan resale value king is the Toyota Camry, still commanding six-figure prices in the used car market four years after its launch. On the other hand, the Accord and Passat look like relatively-affordable entry points if you're keen on cars of this stature.

Value User's Car

This D-segment resale value comparison is just one in a series of entries - we've done a few more in similar vein before. Check them all out below!

Also read: 

VW Tiguan holds better resale value than X-Trail? Which C-SUV holds the best resale value after 5 years?

B-segment sedan resale values: City and Vios lead, but Almera is worse than Vento?

A Honda Civic holds 2x better value than a Fluence? Which C-segment sedan is the resale value king?

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