2011 Best Retained Value® Awards

As part of its continuing efforts to highlight vehicle value for consumers, Edmunds.com is inaugurating the Best Retained Value® Awards. The awards recognize the brands and models that have the highest projected residual value after five years, expressed as a percentage of their True Market Value® (TMV®).

The 2011 Best Retained Value® Awards winners are Honda, which won the brand award for non-luxury makes, and Lexus, which won the brand award for luxury makes. In each case, the award is based on the average five-year retained value of the carmaker's 2011 models that launched prior to the end of 2010. In addition, Edmunds named Best Retained Value® Award winners in 23 model-level categories.

A reliable assessment of a vehicle's resale value can be a critical piece of information for consumers in the car-buying process. Smart car shoppers will 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.

All model-year 2011 vehicles that were launched by the end of 2010 and had unit sales in February 2011 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. All makes with more than 100,000 unit sales in 2010 were eligible for this year's brand-level Best Retained Value® Awards.

By Make


  1. Lexus

    Luxury: Lexus

    Honorable Mention: Acura, Infiniti


  1. Honda

    Non-Luxury: Honda

    Honorable Mention: Toyota, Mazda

By Category

Sedans | Wagons | Coupes | Convertibles | Trucks | SUVs | Van | Hybrid


  1. Honda Civic

    Tie: Sedan Under $20,000: Honda Civic

  2. Mazda MAZDA3

    Tie: Sedan Under $20,000: Mazda MAZDA3

    Honorable Mention: Honda Fit

  3. Honda Accord

    Sedan $20K-$30K: Honda Accord

    Honorable Mention: Toyota Camry, Subaru Impreza

  4. Acura TL

    Tie: Sedan $30K-$40K: Acura TL

  5. Acura TSX

    Tie: Sedan $30K-$40K: Acura TSX

    Honorable Mention: Lexus ES 350

  6. Lexus GS 350

    Sedan Over $40K: Lexus GS 350

    Honorable Mention: Cadillac CTS, Lexus LS 460


  1. Scion	xB

    Wagon Under $25,000: Scion xB

    Honorable Mention: Nissan Cube, Kia Soul

  2. MINI Cooper Countryman

    Wagon $25K-$35K: MINI Cooper Countryman

    Honorable Mention: Toyota Venza, Audi A3

  3. Audi	A4

    Wagon Over $35,000: Audi A4

    Honorable Mention: Cadillac CTS Wagon, BMW 3 Series


  1. MINI Cooper

    Coupe Under $25,000: MINI Cooper

    Honorable Mention: Honda Civic, Volkswagen Golf

  2. Ford Mustang

    Coupe $25K-$35K: Ford Mustang

    Honorable Mention: BMW 1 Series, Chevrolet Camaro

  3. Infiniti G Coupe

    Coupe $35K-$45K: Infiniti G Coupe

    Honorable Mention: Audi A5, BMW 3 Series

  4. Ford Shelby GT500

    Coupe Over $45,000: Ford Shelby GT500

    Honorable Mention: Audi S5, Chevrolet Corvette


  1. Mini Cooper

    Convertible Under $35,000: Mini Cooper

    Honorable Mention: Mazda MX-5 Miata, Ford Mustang

  2. Lexus	IS 250 C

    Convertible $35K-$45K: Lexus IS 250 C

    Honorable Mention: BMW 1 Series, Nissan 370Z

  3. Chevrolet	Corvette

    Convertible Over $45,000: Chevrolet Corvette

    Honorable Mention: Audi S5, BMW 3 Series


  1. Toyota Tacoma

    Compact Truck: Toyota Tacoma

    Honorable Mention: Nissan Frontier, GMC Canyon

  2. Toyota Tundra

    Large Light Duty Truck: Toyota Tundra

    Honorable Mention: Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500

  3. Ford	F-350 Super Duty

    Large Heavy Duty Truck: Ford F-350 Super Duty

    Honorable Mention: Dodge Ram Pickup 2500, Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD


  1. Honda	CR-V

    SUV Under $25,000: Honda CR-V

    Honorable Mention: Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue

  2. Jeep Wrangler

    SUV $25K-$35K: Jeep Wrangler

    Honorable Mention: Toyota 4Runner, Chevrolet Traverse

  3. Lexus	RX 350

    SUV $35K-$45K: Lexus RX 350

    Honorable Mention: Honda Pilot, Cadillac SRX

  4. Lexus	GX 460

    SUV Over $45,000: Lexus GX 460

    Honorable Mention: Acura MDX, Lexus LX 570


  1. Honda Odyssey

    Vans: Honda Odyssey

    Honorable Mention: Toyota Sienna, Ford Transit Connect


  1. Toyota Prius

    Hybrid: Toyota Prius

    Honorable Mention: Honda Insight, Honda Civic Hybrid

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