2012 Best Retained Value® Awards

Edmunds.com's Best Retained Value® Awards are part of our continuing efforts to highlight vehicle value for consumers. 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 2012 Best Retained Value® Awards winners are Honda, which won the brand award for non-luxury makes, and Acura, 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 2012 models that launched prior to the end of 2011. 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 car buyers. 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: Resale value is a key factor in determining the monthly lease payment.

All model-year 2012 vehicles that were launched by the end of 2011 and had unit sales in March 2012 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 2011 were eligible for this year's brand-level Best Retained Value® Awards.

By Make


  1. Acura

    Luxury: Acura

    Honorable Mention: Lexus, Cadillac


  1. Honda

    Non-Luxury: Honda

    Honorable Mention: Toyota, Mazda

By Category

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


  1. Honda Civic

    Sedan Under $20,000: Honda Civic

    Honorable Mention: Mazda MAZDA3, Honda Fit

  2. Subaru Impreza

    Sedan $20K-$30K: Subaru Impreza

    Honorable Mention: Volkswagen Jetta, Ford Fusion

  3. Lexus IS 250

    Sedan $30K-$40K: Lexus IS 250

    Honorable Mention: Acura TL, Acura TSX

  4. Cadillac CTS

    Sedan Over $40K: Cadillac CTS

    Honorable Mention: Porsche Panamera, Lexus LS 460


  1. Scion	xB

    Wagon Under $25,000: Scion xB

    Honorable Mention: Kia Soul, Dodge Caliber

  2. MINI Cooper Countryman

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

    Honorable Mention: Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen, Audi A3

  3. BMW 3 Series

    Wagon Over $35,000: BMW 3 Series

    Honorable Mention: Audi A4, Cadillac CTS Wagon


  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: Chevrolet Camaro, Nissan Altima

  3. BMW 3 Series

    Coupe $35K-$45K: BMW 3 Series

    Honorable Mention: Nissan 370Z, Audi A5,

  4. Ford Shelby GT500

    Coupe Over $45,000: Ford Shelby GT500

    Honorable Mention: Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche 911


  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: Chevrolet Camaro, Audi A5

  3. Ford Shelby GT500

    Convertible Over $45,000: Ford Shelby GT500

    Honorable Mention: BMW 3 Series, Lexus IS 350 C


  1. Toyota Tacoma

    Compact Truck: Toyota Tacoma

    Honorable Mention: Nissan Frontier, GMC Canyon

  2. Ford	F-150

    Large Light Duty Truck: Ford F-150

    Honorable Mention: Toyota Tundra, GMC Sierra 1500

  3. Ford	F-350 Super Duty

    Large Heavy Duty Truck: Ford F-350 Super Duty

    Honorable Mention: GMC Sierra 2500HD, Ram 2500


  1. Subaru Forester

    SUV Under $25,000: Subaru Forester

    Honorable Mention: Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson

  2. Honda CR-V

    SUV $25K-$35K: Honda CR-V

    Honorable Mention: Jeep Wrangler, Toyota 4Runner

  3. GMC Acadia

    SUV $35K-$45K: GMC Acadia

    Honorable Mention: Lexus RX 350, Cadillac SRX

  4. Acura MDX

    SUV Over $45,000: Acura MDX

    Honorable Mention: Lexus GX 460, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class


  1. Honda Odyssey

    Vans: Honda Odyssey

    Honorable Mention: Toyota Sienna, Nissan Quest


  1. Honda Civic Hybrid

    Hybrid: Honda Civic Hybrid

    Honorable Mention: Toyota Prius v, Honda Insight

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