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?
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).
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|
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.
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
Honda Accord - Same glam, cheaper?
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.
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|
Resale value of the Accord tanked more than the Camry, it's lost about 33.8% so far.
The options list for the Accord were mostly visual (bodykit, interior lighting), so they shouldn't affect their second-hand value too much.
VW Passat - The Conti outlier?
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.
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|
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.
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.
Conclusion - Japanese trumps Euro
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.
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!