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Top Cars That Hold Their Value

Toyota and Acura took top honors in Edmunds.com's fifth annual Best Retained Value Awards.

The awards recognize brands and 2015 models that have the highest projected residual values after five years based on their True Market Value during their first five months on the market. Toyota was named the winner of the non-luxury division with a projected 52.4% residual value after five years, and Acura was named tops in the luxury division with a projected value of 46.9%.

Winners were also selected in 24 categories, ranging from compact cars to large commercial vans. Winners included the Subaru WRX, Acura ILX, Dodge Challenger, GMC Acadia, and Honda Fit. See below for the full list of winners.

And if you're considering adding any of these high-residual vehicles to your garage, I recommend you use TrueCar No Haggle and CarsDirect to see the lowest prices being offered in your local area.

CategoryVehicleAvg. Retained Value After 5 Years
Compact CarSubaru WRX53.2%
Compact Crossover SuvHonda CR-V55.2%
Midsize TruckToyota Tacoma64.5%
Entry Luxury CarAcura ILX48.2%
Entry Luxury SUVAcura RDX47.8%
Entry Sports CarDodge Challenger56.5%
Large CarToyota Avalon44.8%
Large Crossover SUVGMC Acadia44.3%
Heavy Duty TruckFord F-350 Super Duty58.5%
Large Traditional SUVGMC Yukon47.7%
Large TruckToyota Tundra57.2%
Midrange Luxury CarLexus GS 35046.3%
Midrange Luxury SUVLexus GX 46049.9%
Midrange Sports CarChevrolet Corvette52.2%
Midsize CarSubaru Legacy48.5%
Midsize Crossover SUVToyota Highlander54.4%
Midsize Traditional SUVJeep Wrangler62.4%
MinivanHonda Odyssey49.9%
Premium Luxury CarPorsche Panamera44.7%
Premium Luxury SUVMercedes-Benz G-Class52.6%
Premium Sports CarNissan GT-R50.6%
Subcompact CarHonda Fit54.5%
Small Commercial VanFord Transit Connect47.0%
Large Commercial VanRam Promaster Cargo Van44.1%





3 Steps Every Car Buyer Needs to Take to Save Maximum Money

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Gregg Fidan Gregg Fidan is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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