Originally Posted by CajunR
To me, the first year or two of ownership that are GENERALLY issue-free are worth a premium.
Which is, of course, exactly _why_ those first couple of years drop off more than later years. Many people agree with you, and loss of that premium makes the price fall off faster in the first year or two.
No new car "holds value" in the sense that you're going to be able to sell it for anything like you paid for it after a couple of years. Plan on using up half the purchase price in those two years.