• Nov 21, 2008
The residual value of a car or truck can be a tricky proposition. The age, mileage, general condition and segment of of the vehicle makes a big difference in determining its value, and so does its brand. If you want a car with strong residual value, it wouldn't hurt to buy a Honda, as the Japanese automaker has won it's sixth consecutive Automotive Lease Guide residual award. Honda's Acura division joined its less expensive sibling for the first time by taking the top spot for luxury vehicles, too, making it a clean sweep for team H-badge.
Toyota finished fourth overall in the voting, but the Japanese Juggernaut managed to win the most overall segment awards. Subaru has to be very pleased with its second place overall finish in residual values. Ford's F-150 scored big with the best residuals in the light pickup truck market. Japanese automakers won 11 of the 18 overall segment awards, while U.S. automakers won or shared three segments. Hit the jump to view all the segment leaders in the ALG residuals listing.

[Source: Automotive Lease Guide]

Industry Brand Residual Value Rankings
Rank Brand
1 HONDA
2 SUBARU
3 VOLKSWAGEN
4 TOYOTA
5 NISSAN
6 MAZDA
7 SUZUKI
8 SATURN
9 PONTIAC

Luxury Brand Residual Value Rankings
Rank Brand
1 ACURA
2 LEXUS
3 AUDI
4 INFINITI
5 LAND ROVER
6 BMW
7 PORSCHE
8 MERCEDES BENZ


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      • 6 Years Ago
      That can't be right, where's my Hyundai?
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL At least I hope you were joking!
      • 6 Years Ago
      gotta love my 2009 Subaru Legacy 2.5 SE.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a better list from the same source:

      Depreciation Ratings
      5 Star
      Audi
      A4

      Bmw
      1 Series
      3 Series
      6 Series

      Dodge
      Viper

      Honda
      Civic
      Civic Hybrid
      Cr-V

      Infiniti
      G35 Sedan
      G37 Coupe

      Jeep
      Wrangler

      Land Rover
      Lr2
      Range Rover Sport

      Lexus
      Is 250

      Mini
      Cooper
      Cooper Clubman

      Nissan
      Altima
      Rogue

      Scion
      Xb

      Subaru
      Impreza
      Impreza Outback

      Toyota
      Camry
      Prius
      Rav4
      Tacoma

      Volkswagen
      Eos
      New Beetle
      R32
      Rabbit

      https://www.alg.com/DepreciationRatings
      • 6 Years Ago
      These figures do not attempt to rate quality or how desirable these brands are to gearheads. It is simply estimated future selling price compared to original selling price. Even within that limitation, they might rank by percentage drops or they might rank by actual dollar drops.

      Either way, these rankings can be useful to everybody in a couple of specific ways:
      First and foremost, new car leases. With a lease, you're basically paying for the estimated depreciation over the life of the lease (usually just 2 or 3 years). Brands that are "officially" rated with good residual values means the estimated depreciation is lower, so leases can yield smaller monthly payments (when compared to a different brand of car with approximately the same selling price).

      Secondly, as The Other Bob mentioned, this can help guide potential buyers of 2 or 3 year old cars. Some brands and models take inappropriate beatings in resale, which may be sad news for the original owner, but helps others find relative bargains in young used cars.

      It's just a rating on one aspect of vehicles, and it involves estimations ("educated guesses") of the future. Don't smack it around as anything more than that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is that really surprising? Honda has always been up there in this area.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Got to love my Acura RSX type S!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Im so jealous, that is one of the most beautiful cars imo. cant wait to graduate college to get a used one. :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        I just sold my RSX Type S and crossgraded to a Subaru Impreza 5-door WRX. It was a '02 model with 85k on it and in excellent condition. Sold for $11k without a blink.

        If Acura ever designs a new RSX hatch I'm so there. One of the best car experiences I've ever had.

        Reliable, practical, and fast.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ...you do realize that this is basically a list of what used cars are the most overpriced.

        i recently bought a new Honda because i just needed a reliable car until someone actually sells a rwd coupe for under $35k. i look forward to totally reaming what ever wannabe import nights JDM4 life kid is stupid enough to pay the most.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The second gen RSX with the smooth lights are nice looking, and I wanted one, and almost bought one, but every riceboy has one, so I decided that a mazda6s would be classier. Just as quick too. So that's what I got.
      • 6 Years Ago
      With few exceptions Honda's are like well appointed appliances.

      A major factor why their resale value is so high is they do not sell cars to fleets in North America. Their overall fleet sales is 3% for the entire lineup and that includes to Gov't and Dealers for loaner cars for their services. Rental fleet sales are very low. Whereas the Malibu or Fusion have about 50% fleet sales, and even the Camry or Corolla sells some 25% to fleets which in the end means that the Accord and Civic are actually the #1 selling retail car in the US. Common sense is if you spare down your factories to account for demand (or lack thereof) and try to stuff the channel and fleets with overproduced cars b/c you have no flexibility - your cars will have higher resale and actually increase retail sales b/c of that fact.
      • 6 Years Ago
      But... but... but... Honda and Acura dont have RWD, or a V-8, or a new sports car!

      This just shows the car enthusiant how small of a role they play in the automobile marketplace.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Honda plays a huge role in the enthusiast market

        they might not have a V8 or new sports car out, but did you forget about the s2000? There's a replacement due soon, and the new "NSX" is also in the works.

        moreover, Honda's specialty is FWD. and the FD2R is making a killing right now
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great points, I did exactly that after reading the first few responses. For my zip code this is how things stacked up (in cents per mile):

      Malibu: .68/mile
      Accord: .67/mile
      Fusion: .69/mile
      Camry: .74/mile

      Essentially I would be more concerned with how much it is going to cost me in the long term vs. supposed resale values (which technically aren't guaranteed).

      So in a nutshell some of you don't have a clue
      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess it might explain why they slowed down production by 18 000 units in their Ohio plant http://www.reuters.com/articlePrint?articleId=USN2041443020081120
      sorry for the sarcasm but it's still less painful then the closing for 2 months of the Swindon plant in the UK http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/transport/article5203818.ece
      Brett
      • 6 Years Ago
      The fact that suzuki is higher on the list than the means this survey is either completely wrong or is another sad comment on the state of american companies.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Honda/Acura should be a given, but Subaru is the ENTHUSIASTS car. I can only speak for myself, but I want a car that handles like a true sports car that can still be reliable. Here's to hoping that RWD coupe is a smash!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Here's hoping it isn't just vapour, and it doesn't look as bad as the current Impreza ;)
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