Hagerty Vehicle Rating: Jeep CJ-7 still leads April 2017 Top 25 list

It might be time to check the brakes on your 1976-86 Jeep CJ-7. The compact sport utility isn’t showing any signs of slowing down — not when it comes to the Hagerty Vehicle Rating, at least. The CJ-7 is ranked No. 1 for the third consecutive month, and it even gained two points over the last ranking. The popular 4x4 is one of 11 SUVs or trucks in the top 25.

Affordability is common among the top-ranked vehicles, as entry level cars and trucks continue selling well while the market’s peak remains soft. Only one vehicle in the top 10 has a median No. 3 (“good”) value of more than $18,100, and 20 of the top 25 vehicles are valued under $25,000. The top-ranked CJ-7, for example, has a median No. 3 value of $8,300.

Eight vehicles dropped out of the top 25, including three of four that tied for 10th the last time around (1978-87 Buick Regal1947-55 Chevrolet 3100 and 1962-67 Shelby Cobra). The fourth member of that group — the 1994-98 Porsche 911 — tumbled 10 spots to 20th.

But there were plenty of impressive surges, as well. The 1973-91 Chevrolet C/K Blazer vaulted nearly 500 spots from 515th into a tie for 20th. Even more surprising than that giant spike is that it took so long for the Blazer hit the radar. Considering SUVs have been appreciating for some time, Blazers lagged behind. But buyers are beginning to appreciate them as a less-expensive alternative to first-generation Ford Broncos. In fact, the median No. 3 value of a 1973-91 Blazer is less than half that of the first-gen Bronco ($8,400 compared to $18,000).

The 1974-76 Plymouth Valiant / Scamp also took a giant leap, rising from No. 159 to No. 12, a spot it shares with seven other models. And the 1999-2005 Ferrari 360 went from 121st to fifth, tied with the 1949-52 Chevrolet Styleline and 1968-80 Volkswagen Beetle, which climbed up from 45th.

Here’s a full rundown of this month’s top 25:

Vehicle
1976-1986 Jeep CJ-7 99
1945-1968 Dodge Power Wagon 96
1966-1977 Ford Bronco 95
1969-1972 Pontiac Grand Prix 92
1949-1952 Chevrolet Styleline 90
1968-1980 Volkswagen Beetle 90
1999-2005 Ferrari 360 90
1983-1992 Lincoln Continental Mk VII 89
1982-1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass 89
1997-2005 Acura NSX 89
1991-1996 Acura NSX 89
1974-1976 Plymouth Valiant / Scamp 88
1973-1979 Ford F-Series 88
1949-1967 Volkswagen Beetle 88
1966-1983 Fiat 124, 1983-1985 Pininfarina Azzurra 88
1981-1986 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler 88
1983-1989 BMW M6 88
1973-1987 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup 88
1961-1971 International Harvester Scout 87
1960-1966 Chevrolet C/K Series 87
1973-1991 Chevrolet C/K Blazer 87
1984-1991 Jeep Grand Wagoneer 87
1994-1998 Porsche 911 87
1961-1964 Chevrolet Biscayne 86
1976 Porsche 912E 86