2019 Edmunds Best Retained Value Awards

2019 Best Retained Value® Awards

Buying a car is exciting, but with the price of a new car averaging more than $36,000, it's more important than ever to understand the true value of a vehicle beyond just the sticker price and monthly payments.

Whether you buy or lease, understanding how much a car will depreciate is the key to getting the most for your money before you drive off the lot. Smart shoppers know that vehicles with strong residual values help maximize your money at trade-in and tend to have lower monthly lease payments.

With this in mind, the 2019 Edmunds Best Retained Value Awards recognize the brands and models that have the highest projected private-party residual value five years after their launch, expressed as a percentage of their average True Market Value® (TMV®). These awards are part of our ongoing effort to highlight overall vehicle value for shoppers.

Toyota and Lexus rank highest among standard and luxury brands, respectively, for highest projected resale values, and each claim three model-level awards as well.

Keep reading to see all the winners of the 2019 Edmunds Best Retained Value Awards.

By Brand


Standard: Toyota


Luxury: Lexus

By Category

Cars | Suvs | Trucks and Vans


Subaru Impreza

Compact Car: Subaru Impreza

Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

Luxury Compact Car: Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

Honda Accord

Midsize Car: Honda Accord

Lexus ES 350

Luxury Midsize Car: Lexus ES 350

Dodge Charger

Large Car: Dodge Charger

Audi A7

Luxury Large Car: Audi A7

Subaru WRX

Sports Car: Subaru WRX

Porsche 911

Luxury Sports Car: Porsche 911


Subaru Crosstrek

Compact SUV: Subaru Crosstrek

Lexus NX 300

Luxury Compact SUV: Lexus NX 300

Jeep Wrangler

Midsize SUV: Jeep Wrangler

Lexus GX 460

Luxury Midsize SUV: Lexus GX 460

Toyota Sequoia

Large SUV: Toyota Sequoia

Land Rover Range Rover

Luxury Large SUV: Land Rover Range Rover

Trucks and Vans

Toyota Tacoma

Midsize Truck: Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Tundra

Large Truck: Toyota Tundra

Honda Odyssey

Minivan: Honda Odyssey

Previous Best Retained Value® Awards

2018 Best Retained Value® Awards

2016 Best Retained Value® Awards

2015 Best Retained Value® Awards

2014 Best Retained Value® Awards

2013 Best Retained Value® Awards

2012 Best Retained Value® Awards

2011 Best Retained Value® Awards

More About the 2019 Best Retained Value® Awards

Winners were chosen based on:

- Highest projected residual value after five years, expressed as a percentage of "cash" True Market Value® (i.e., True Market Value less applicable generally available customer cash incentives).
- Model awards are based on a computation, for each qualifying model, of: (i) the average cash TMV?? price over the first five months (if available; minimum of three months) for such model, and (ii) the average projected five-year depreciation computed for each of the first 12 months after the launch of such model.
- Brand awards are based on a computation, for each qualifying brand, of the sales-weighted averages of: (i) the cash TMV® prices for the first five months (if available, minimum of three months) for all qualifying models of such brand, and (ii) the projected five-year depreciation for all qualifying models of such brand.

Model level qualifications:

- Only 2019 model year vehicles are eligible.
- Model must have been launched by December 31, 2018.
- Model must have sales in January 2019 that are not less than 25 percent of the average sales in that month of all other models that fall in its award segment.
- Edmunds must have TMV® data for the model for a minimum of one month.

Brand level qualifications:

- Each brand must have qualifying models competing in at least four of the 18 award segments.