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Honda and Lexus Rated Best for Resale Value

April 14, 2011

Best Resale ValuesHonda and Lexus took home the top prizes in's inaugural Best Retained Value Awards, which recognize the brands and new car models that have the highest projected residual value after five years.

Honda won the 2011 brand award for non-luxury makes, while Lexus took home the award for luxury brands.

Honda's average projected retained value is 50.4%, while Lexus' average projected retained value is 48.1%.

These award winners help shoppers choose a car with high-retained value so they can maximize savings when it comes to trade-in or selling the vehicle down the road.

A high resale value also makes it less expensive to lease the vehicle. Here is the full list of winners:

2011 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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