Which Cars Hold Their Value Best? Honda And Acura Took Top Honors

Honda and Acura took home the top prizes in Edmunds.com’s second annual Best Retained Value® Awards, which recognize the brands and new car models that have the highest projected residual value after five years, expressed as a percentage of their True Market Value® (TMV®) when sold new.

Honda won the 2012 brand award for non-luxury makes for the second consecutive year, while Acura took home the luxury brand award for the first time. Edmunds.com found that Honda’s average projected retained value after five years is 47.9%, while Acura’s average projected retained value is 44.6%. In each case, the percentage is based on the average five-year retained value of the carmaker’s 2012 models that launched prior to the end of 2011.

2012 Acura

“Honda has long had a reputation for dependable used vehicles, and that is reflected in today’s booming used car market,” said Joe Spina, Director of Remarketing at Edmunds.com. “And with Acura beating out all other luxury brands, Honda’s family of vehicles continues to expand the company’s status as one of the best values available to car buyers today.”

Edmunds.com named a total of 23 winners its model-level categories, ranging from “Sedans Under $20,000” to “Large Heavy Duty Trucks.” Ford led all carmakers with five model-level awards, followed by Honda with four. (A full list of the model-level level winners can be found in Appendix I at the end of this release).

All model year 2012 vehicles that were launched by the end of 2011 and that had unit sales in February 2012 that were at least 20 percent of the average unit sales for the models in its segment were eligible for this year’s model-level Best Retained Value® Awards.  Edmunds determined each model’s competitive segment based on its body type and the sales-weighted average MSRP of all available styles (excluding destination charges) of that model’s body type.  All makes that had over 100,000 unit sales in 2011 were eligible for this year’s brand-level Best Retained Value® Awards.

The Best Retained Value® Awards are given annually. They join Edmunds.com’s other prestigious awards, including the annual True Cost to Own® (TCO®) Awards and the Technology Breakthrough Award.

For more information, please visit Edmunds.com’s Best Retained Value® Awards page at http://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/best-retained-value-cars.html.


APPENDIX I

2012 Edmunds.com Best Retained Value® Awards
Model-Level Winners

Category

Year

Make

Model

^Retained Value

Compact Truck

2012

Toyota

Tacoma

57.3%

Convertible $35K-$45K

2012

Lexus

IS 250 C

46.8%

Convertible Over $45K

2012

Ford

Shelby GT500

46.5%

Convertible Under $35,000

2012

MINI

Cooper

48.9%

Coupe $25K-$35K

2012

Ford

Mustang

46.8%

Coupe $35K-$45K

2012

BMW

3 Series

44.0%

Coupe Over $45,000

2012

Ford

Shelby GT500

47.5%

Coupe Under $25,000

2012

MINI

Cooper

50.0%

Hybrid

2012

Honda

Civic

46.1%

Large Heavy Duty Truck

2012

Ford

F-350 Super Duty

48.6%

Large Light Duty Truck

2012

Ford

F-150

48.4%

Sedan $20K-$30K

2012

Subaru

Impreza

45.3%

Sedan $30K-$40K

2012

Lexus

IS 250

46.3%

Sedan Over $40K

2012

Cadillac

CTS

42.0%

Sedan Under $20,000

2012

Honda

Civic

50.0%

SUV $25K-$35K

2012

Honda

CR-V

54.6%

SUV $35K-$45K

2012

GMC

Acadia

46.0%

SUV Over $45,000

2012

Acura

MDX

44.2%

SUV Under $25,000

2012

Subaru

Forester

44.6%

Vans

2012

Honda

Odyssey

43.5%

Wagon $25K-$35K

2012

MINI

Cooper Countryman

48.5%

Wagon Over $35,000

2012

BMW

3 Series

42.7%

Wagon Under $25,000

2012

Scion

xB

47.3%

Compact Truck

2012

Toyota

Tacoma

57.3%

Convertible $35K-$45K

2012

Lexus

IS 250 C

46.8%

^ – Retained Value is the projected residual value after five years, expressed as a percentage of the True Market Value® (TMV®) when sold new

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