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Top Cars That Hold Their Value
August 6, 2015Toyota 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.
|Category||Vehicle||Avg. Retained Value After 5 Years|
|Compact Car||Subaru WRX||53.2%|
|Compact Crossover Suv||Honda CR-V||55.2%|
|Midsize Truck||Toyota Tacoma||64.5%|
|Entry Luxury Car||Acura ILX||48.2%|
|Entry Luxury SUV||Acura RDX||47.8%|
|Entry Sports Car||Dodge Challenger||56.5%|
|Large Car||Toyota Avalon||44.8%|
|Large Crossover SUV||GMC Acadia||44.3%|
|Heavy Duty Truck||Ford F-350 Super Duty||58.5%|
|Large Traditional SUV||GMC Yukon||47.7%|
|Large Truck||Toyota Tundra||57.2%|
|Midrange Luxury Car||Lexus GS 350||46.3%|
|Midrange Luxury SUV||Lexus GX 460||49.9%|
|Midrange Sports Car||Chevrolet Corvette||52.2%|
|Midsize Car||Subaru Legacy||48.5%|
|Midsize Crossover SUV||Toyota Highlander||54.4%|
|Midsize Traditional SUV||Jeep Wrangler||62.4%|
|Premium Luxury Car||Porsche Panamera||44.7%|
|Premium Luxury SUV||Mercedes-Benz G-Class||52.6%|
|Premium Sports Car||Nissan GT-R||50.6%|
|Subcompact Car||Honda Fit||54.5%|
|Small Commercial Van||Ford Transit Connect||47.0%|
|Large Commercial Van||Ram Promaster Cargo Van||44.1%|
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