I wouldn't put too much stock in resale value predictions. Look what happened with Toyota, their values are getting dinged and no one would have predicted it a couple years ago. Meanwhile, Ford is improving. It just reinforces my view that you should get the car because it's the ONE YOU WANT. Everything else is secondary.The Honda Fit seems perfect from a resale value and utility standpoint, but 100% Japanese. Yaris and Versa were both disappointing drives. My brother wants me to buy a Civic, boring, but safe choice.
Keep in mind that until recently, Toyota never sold their cars much below MSRP. Accords hold a premium also when bought new. But Ford frequently has cash back or other discounts so chances are good that a 1999 Ford cost $2k to $3k less than a Camry or Accord.Looking at the resale value of my Camry, and comparing to the same year and equivalent trim level Ford Taurus and Honda Accord, Id say that Toyota has not dropped and the blue oval is at a huge disadvantage. (KBB private party values for 1999 model year)
Camry LE $4,925.00
Accord LX $4,825.00
Taurus SE $2,250.00
And the Toyota and Honda prices are for a 4-cyl vs the Ford V-6.