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Honda and Lexus took home the top prizes in Edmunds.com’s inaugural Best Retained Value Awards, which recognize the brands and new car models that have the highest projected residual value after 5 years, expressed as a percentage of their True Market Value® (TMV®).

Honda won the 2011 brand award for non-luxury makes, while Lexus took home the award for luxury brands. Edmunds.com found that Honda’s average projected retained value is 50.4%, while Lexus’ average projected retained value is 48.1%. In each case, the award was based on the average 5-year retained value of the carmaker’s 2011 models that launched prior to the end of 2010.

Edmunds.com also named winners in 23 model-level categories. Both Honda and Lexus were well-represented at the model level, with each carmaker taking home 4 more awards. A full list of the model-level level winners can be found in Appendix I at the end of this release.

“A reliable assessment of a vehicle’s resale value can be a critical piece of information for consumers in the car-buying process,” said Danny Zhou, senior analyst at Edmunds.com. “Car shoppers should consider these award winners to help them choose a car with high retained value so they can maximize its worth at trade-in or sale. And for consumers who lease, selecting a car with strong resale value is just as important, because resale value is a key factor in determining the monthly lease payment.”

Edmunds.com also encourages car buyers to keep the vehicle’s retained value in mind when considering trims and options. Power sunroof, leather seats, and DVD entertainment systems are all features known to improve a car’s long-term value. Unfortunately, Edmunds.com found that added safety features don’t typically boost a car’s retained value. More details about the best options for maximizing a car’s retained value are available on Edmunds.com.

All model year 2011 vehicles that were launched by the end of 2010 and that had unit sales in February 2011 that were at least 20% 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 2010 were eligible for this year’s brand-level Best Retained Value Awards.

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

For more information, please visit Edmunds.com’s Best Retained Value Awards page at 2011 Best Retained Value Awards.
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2011 Edmunds.com Best Retained Value Awards

Model-Level Winners
 
Category 	  	Year 	  	Make 	  	Model 	  	^Retained Value
*Sedan Under $20,000 		2011 		Honda 		Civic 		51.9%
*Sedan Under $20,000 		2011 		Mazda 		MAZDA3 		51.9%
Sedan $20K-$30K 		2011 		Honda 		Accord 		48.2%
*Sedan $30K-$40K 		2011 		Acura 		TL 		48.0%
*Sedan $30K-$40K 		2011 		Acura 		TSX 		48.0%
Sedan Over $40K 		2011 		Lexus 		GS 350 		45.8%
Coupe Under $25,000 		2011 		MINI 		Cooper 		54.2%
Coupe $25K-$35K 		2011 		Ford 		Mustang 		48.8%
Coupe $35K-$45K 		2011 		Infiniti 		G Coupe 		46.6%
Coupe Over $45,000 		2011 		Ford 		Shelby GT500 		48.1%
Convertible Under $35,000 		2011 		MINI 		Cooper 		54.4%
Convertible $35K-$45K 		2011 		Lexus 		IS 250 C 		48.9%
Convertible Over $45,000 		2011 		Chevrolet 		Corvette 		47.3%
SUV Under $25,000 		2011 		Honda 		CR-V 		54.4%
SUV $25K-$35K 		2011 		Jeep 		Wrangler 		53.5%
SUV $35K-$45K 		2011 		Lexus 		RX 350 		49.6%
SUV Over $45,000 		2011 		Lexus 		GX 460 		47.8%
Wagon Under $25,000 		2011 		Scion 		xB 		49.6%
Wagon $25K-$35K 		2011 		MINI 		Cooper Countryman 		52.5%
Wagon Over $35,000 		2011 		Audi 		A4 		45.4%
Hybrid 		2011 		Toyota 		Prius 		49.7%
Compact Truck 		2011 		Toyota 		Tacoma 		57.1%
Large Heavy Duty Truck 		2011 		Ford 		F-350 Super Duty 		50.2%
Large Light Duty Truck 		2011 		Toyota 		Tundra 		50.0%
Vans 		2011 		Honda 		Odyssey 		49.8%
 

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Jeep and Acura took home the top prizes in Edmunds.com's 3rd annual Best Retained Value® Awards, which recognize the brands and new car models that have the highest projected residual values after 5 years based on their average True Market Value® (TMV®) price when sold new. Jeep won in the non-luxury division with a projected 50.6 percent residual value after 5 years, and Acura won the luxury crown with a projected 5-year residual value of 45.1 percent.

"Jeep's small lineup is led by 2 popular models – Wrangler and Grand Cherokee – that deliver big residual value for their owners. The Wrangler is especially vital to the brand because its retained value sits at an elite level matched by few other vehicles in any segment," says Edmunds.com Director of Auto Remarketing Joe Spina. "Meanwhile, this is the 2nd year in a row that Acura has won, and the brand clearly has done a great job distinguishing its value in a hypercompetitive luxury market."

In addition to these brand-level awards, Edmunds.com issued model-level awards in 22 separate categories. Ford and Toyota tied for the most model winners with 4 apiece. A full list of all 22 model winners can be found in Appendix 1 below and on Edmunds.com's Best Retained Value® Awards page at 2013 Best Retained Value Awards.

All vehicle makes with more than 100,000 unit sales in the U.S. in 2012 were eligible for this year's brand-level Best Retained Value® Awards. All model-year 2013 vehicles that were launched by the end of 2012 and had unit sales in March 2013 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.

More details on Edmunds.com's Best Retained Value® Awards can be found at 2013 Best Retained Value Awards.

APPENDIX I
2013 Edmunds.com Best Retained Value® Awards
Model-Level Winners


Category Make Model Retained Value^
Compact Truck Toyota Tacoma 60.2%
Convertible Under $35,000 Ford Mustang 48.3%
Convertible $35K-$45K Chevrolet Camaro 46.6%
Convertible Over $45K Ford Shelby GT500 48.4%
Coupe Under $25,000 Honda Civic 49.9%
Coupe $25K-$35K Dodge Challenger 54.5%
Coupe $35K-$45K BMW 3 Series 45.2%
Coupe Over $45,000 Chevrolet Corvette 49.6%
Hybrid Toyota Prius 47.4%
Large Light Duty Truck Chevrolet Silverado 1500 54.5%
Large Heavy Duty Truck GMC Sierra 3500HD 52.7%
Sedan Under $20,000 Ford Focus 54.4%
Sedan $20K-$30K Honda Civic 50.9%
Sedan $30K-$40K Dodge Charger 47.8%
Sedan Over $40K Porsche Panamera 43.6%
SUV Under $25,000 Nissan Rogue 48.2%
SUV $25K-$35K Jeep Wrangler 56.5%
SUV $35K-$45K Toyota 4Runner 51.1%
SUV Over $45,000 Lexus LX 570 50.5%
Vans Honda Odyssey 44.3%
Wagon Under $35,000 Toyota Venza 48.9%
Wagon Over $35,000 Ford Flex 43.4%

^ - Retained Value is the projected private party resale value after five years in the market and assuming 15,000 miles driven per year, expressed as a percentage of the True Market Value® (TMV®) price when sold new.​
 
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