Honda and Lexus Rated Best for Resale Value
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 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:
|*Sedan Under $20,000||2011||Honda||Civic||51.9%|
|*Sedan Under $20,000||2011||Mazda||MAZDA3||51.9%|
|Sedan Over $40K||2011||Lexus||GS 350||45.8%|
|Coupe Under $25,000||2011||MINI||Cooper||54.2%|
|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 $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%|
|Large Heavy Duty Truck||2011||Ford||F-350 Super Duty||50.2%|
|Large Light Duty Truck||2011||Toyota||Tundra||50.0%|
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