2012 Best Retained Value Awards

By Brand



Luxury: Acura

Honorable Mention: Lexus, Cadillac



Non-Luxury: Honda

Honorable Mention: Toyota, Mazda

By Category

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


Honda Civic

Sedan Under $20,000: Honda Civic

Honorable Mention: Mazda MAZDA3, Honda Fit

Subaru Impreza

Sedan $20K-$30K: Subaru Impreza

Honorable Mention: Volkswagen Jetta, Ford Fusion

Lexus IS 250

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

Honorable Mention: Acura TL, Acura TSX

Cadillac CTS

Sedan Over $40K: Cadillac CTS

Honorable Mention: Porsche Panamera, Lexus LS 460


Scion xB

Wagon Under $25,000: Scion xB

Honorable Mention: Kia Soul, Dodge Caliber

MINI Cooper Countryman

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

Honorable Mention: Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen, Audi A3

BMW 3 Series

Wagon Over $35,000: BMW 3 Series

Honorable Mention: Audi A4, Cadillac CTS Wagon


MINI Cooper

Coupe Under $25,000: MINI Cooper

Honorable Mention: Honda Civic, Volkswagen Golf

Ford Mustang

Coupe $25K-$35K: Ford Mustang

Honorable Mention: Chevrolet Camaro, Nissan Altima

BMW 3 Series

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

Honorable Mention: Nissan 370Z, Audi A5

Ford Shelby GT500

Coupe Over $45,000: Ford Shelby GT500

Honorable Mention: Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche 911


MINI Cooper

Convertible Under $35,000: MINI Cooper

Honorable Mention: Mazda MX-5 Miata, Ford Mustang

Lexus IS 250 C

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

Honorable Mention: Chevrolet Camaro, Audi A5

Ford Shelby GT500

Convertible Over $45,000: Ford Shelby GT500

Honorable Mention: BMW 3 Series, Lexus IS 350 C


Toyota Tacoma

Compact Truck: Toyota Tacoma

Honorable Mention: Nissan Frontier, GMC Canyon

Ford F-150

Large Light Duty Truck: Ford F-150

Honorable Mention: Toyota Tundra, GMC Sierra 1500

Ford	F-350 Super Duty

Large Heavy Duty Truck: Ford F-350 Super Duty

Honorable Mention: GMC Sierra 2500HD, Ram 2500


Subaru Forester

SUV Under $25,000: Subaru Forester

Honorable Mention: Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson

Honda CR-V

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

Honorable Mention: Jeep Wrangler, Toyota 4Runner

GMC Acadia

SUV $35K-$45K: GMC Acadia

Honorable Mention: Lexus RX 350, Cadillac SRX

Acura MDX

SUV Over $45,000: Acura MDX

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


Honda Odyssey

Vans: Honda Odyssey

Honorable Mention: Toyota Sienna, Nissan Quest


Honda Civic Hybrid

Hybrid: Honda Civic Hybrid

Honorable Mention: Toyota Prius v, Honda Insight

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About 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.