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NADA Guides has released its Quarterly Car Buyers Market Report, and six models earned the organizations Top Recommended Buys designation. The 2011 Acura TL, Dodge Challenger R/T, GMC Terrain SLE-2, Hyundai Azera Limited, Toyota Tacoma Double Cab V6 Manual and Toyota Venza I4 AWD all made the cut. While low first-year depreciation rates factor into which vehicles win out in the report, NADA Guides also evaluates vehicles based on criteria like whether or not a model is competitively priced, is available with incentives or rebates, and dealer inventory volumes.

Surprisingly enough, the 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T carried the lowest first-year depreciation rate of all the vehicles on the list. With a rate of just 8 percent, the Mopar muscle car beat out the vehicle with the next-lowest rate – the Toyota Tacoma Double Cab V6 Manual – by two percentage points. Meanwhile, the Hyundai Azera limited packed the highest depreciation rate among the vehicles on the list at 21 percent, followed by the Acura TL at 19 percent. You can check out the full report after the break.
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NADAguides Releases Quarterly Car Buyers Market Report

Top Recommended Current New Car Buys From Acura, Dodge, GMC, Hyundai and Toyota,

Based On Depreciation Value, Current Incentives, Warranty and Features

COSTA MESA, Calif. - June 22, 2011

News Highlights

NADAguides, the leading vehicle pricing and information provider on the Internet today, announces its 2011 Second Quarter Car Buyers Market Report – six current models from Acura, Dodge, GMC, Hyundai and Toyota earn placement within NADAguides Top Recommended Current Buys report.

In light of a slowly recovering economy, current fuel prices and strains on some vehicle availability from Japanese manufacturers, NADAguides' analysts recommend this select set of new cars that, based upon specific criteria important to new car shoppers, are excellent options during a time when many uncontrollable market factors are affecting car-buying decisions.

The NADAguides Top Recommended Current Buys includes six vehicles that are competitively priced, offer incentives and rebates or other features that add value to the vehicle, offer a very low first-year depreciation rate and maintain their value better than others long-term. Additionally, NADAguides reviewed the current dealer availability (days-supply) of these vehicles to ensure each had sustainable dealer inventory currently on lots.

The following six vehicles make up the Top Recommended Current Buys in the 2011 Second Quarter NADAguides Car Buyers Market Report: the 2011 Acura TL, 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T, 2011 GMC Terrain SLE-2, 2011 Hyundai Azera Limited, 2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab V6 Manual, and the 2011 Toyota Venza I4 AWD.

Key Quotes

Troy Snyder, director of product development at NADAguides: "The results of our most recent Car Buyer's Market Report show a healthy mix from diverse manufacturers across several segments. There are numerous factors influencing car shoppers today and in some cases, car research and purchasing a vehicle has become unattractive to consumers. The Car Buyer's Market Report is intended to sort through the clutter and provide car shoppers with a clear view of the best vehicles for the money that are currently available at local lots. Lower incentives and mixed economic news have stinted new car sales in recent months, but rest assured, there are deals currently available at local lots on some phenomenal vehicles and we have the list."

Highlights of the Top Recommended Current Buys

The 2011 Acura TL was selected as an NADAguides Top Recommended Current Buy based on the vehicle's first-year depreciation rate of 19 percent, its estimated 22 MPG combined fuel efficiency, great customer financing incentives, and its abundance of safety and comfort features. Acura is currently offering 1.9 percent financing for 36 months, and 2.9 percent on either 48 or 60 months**. With a four-year, 50,000 mile warranty, 62 days-supply of inventory as of the end of May 2011, and a competitive starting price of $35,305, the Acura TL has a lot to offer consumers. The Acura TL comes standard with Acura's Total Luxury Care® program which provides 24-hour nationwide emergency and travel services, roadside assistance, Acura Concierge Service and a host of special privileges available exclusively to Acura owners.

With a mere eight percent first-year depreciation rate, a starting MSRP of $29,895 and great customer financing incentives, the 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T offers consumers not only short-term value but incredible long-term value as well. Financing rates currently offered are 1.9 percent on 36 months, 2.9 percent on 48 months, 3.9 percent on 60 months and 5.9 percent on 72 months. Dodge is also currently offering $1,000 bonus cash on the 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T. The vehicle offers an estimated combined 20 MPG, 375 horse power and a four star safety rating from NHTSA.

The 2011 GMC Terrain SLE-2 starts at $26,300 MSRP and has a first-year depreciation rate of 16 percent. With financing currently offered at 2.9 percent for 36 months, 3.9 percent for 48 months, 4.9 percent for 60 months and 5.9 percent on 72 months and a days-supply inventory of 46, now is a great time to buy the 2011 GMC Terrain. Offering an estimated 27 MPG combined, a three year, 36,000 mile warranty, a four star safety rating from NHSTA and six months complimentary service of OnStar® the GMC Terrain is a NADAguides Top Recommended Current Buy.

The 2011 Hyundai Azera Limited has a 21 percent first-year depreciation rate, a starting MSRP of $30,095 and comes with Hyundai's Trade-in Value Guarantee which guarantees today, exactly how much a new Hyundai will be worth two to four years from the time of purchase. Additionally, current Hyundai owners will receive a $1,500 value owner coupon with the purchase of a new Hyundai Azera. With a current days-supply of 103, a five year, 60,000 mile warranty, a five star safety rating from NHTSA and an estimated 23 MPG combined the 2011 Hyundai Azera Limited is a NADAguides Top Recommended Current Buy.

The 2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab V6 Manual is a NADAguides Top Recommended Current Buy based on the trucks great starting price of $26,145 and extremely low first-year depreciation rate of a mere 10 percent. A three year, 36,000 mile warranty, a four star safety rating from NHTSA along with Toyota's Star Safety System™ and a current days-supply of 53, make now a great time to consider the 2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab V6 Manual. Additionally, the 2011 Toyota Tacoma comes standard with the Toyota Care program, which includes complimentary maintenance and roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles.

A mere 12 percent first-year depreciation rate, a great starting price, customer financing incentives and a 79 days-supply of inventory make now the opportune time to buy the 2011 Toyota Venza I4 AWD. Toyota is currently offering $500 cash or zero percent financing on 36 months, 1.9 percent on 48 months, or 2.9 percent on 60 months. Additionally, the 2011 Toyota Venza comes with a three year, 36,000 miles warranty, a four star safety rating from NHTSA along with Toyota's Star Safety System™, Bluetooth hands-free phone controls and the Toyota Care maintenance and roadside assistance program. MSRP for the 2011 Toyota Venza I4 AWD starts at $28,575.

About the NADAguides Car Buyers Market Report

The NADAguides Car Buyers Market Report is a timely report that is the compilation of hundreds of thousands of new car data points and market information. To determine the Top Recommended Current Buys, the NADAguides' market analytics team develops a list of the top new cars in consideration based on first-year ownership depreciation value of 21 percent or less, competitive MSRP, manufacturer warranty, current financing incentives, safety ratings, additional product features and days-supply product availability. The NADAguides Current Car Buyers Market Report is an ongoing study, tracking and reporting on the best current new car buys for the consumer marketplace to help with the new car buying process.


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      ahjotah
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can kind of believe that about the Challenger. I've been looking at cars online and the prices of even the early ones on cars.com and Autotrader are shockingly high unless they're a total base model 6 cyl. Even then, considering how little you get on the base....
      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      So even though the TL got heavily panned for its 'beak' it's still in high demand on the used car market. Interesting.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Shiftright
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      11fiveoh
      • 3 Years Ago
      the charger r/t in the first pic is a challenger..
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice to see that the Dodge Challenger R/T has a low depreciation rate. :)
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      The poor TL. Suffering not only from blows with an ugly stick, but heavy depreciation too. Acura - FAIL
      Randy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think dealers will tell you a different story when trading in any of these vehicles. They'll come back with lowball trade in values... Excuses for Lowball Trade Ins 2011 Acura TL: It's a soft market, not many people are buying luxury cars and we'll sit on this car for to long. Dodge Challenger R/T: With high gas prices, nobody is buying these because of the low MPGs, we'll sit on it for a while. GMC Terrain SLE-2: Nobody is buying SUVs and trucks anymore, we'll sit on this forever. Hyundai Azera Limited: It's a nice car but people are buying Domestics more often so we'll sit on this for a while. Toyota Tacoma Double Cab V6 Manual: Nobody is buying trucks now because of the MPGs we'll sit on it for to long. Toyota Venza I4 AWD: There are so many of these on the road that the prices came down big time so we don't have much to make on this. Of course if you're buying them and not selling them it's a completely different story for each of them Reasons to Buy 2011 Acura TL: It's a Honda at heart and you know Honda's have a high resale value. Dodge Challenger R/T: This is a highly sought after car, it looks good and is powerful. Just what you want! GMC Terrain SLE-2: It has plenty of room for the family so you don't need two vehicles to go on vacations. Hyundai Azera Limited: This being the limited model you won't find a better equipped vehicle for the money. Toyota Tacoma Double Cab V6 Manual: It's got better MPGs than fullsize trucks. Toyota Venza I4 AWD: These are popular! Ya know?
      Agilis
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah this 'study' is definitely questionable. For one, anyone knowing anything about Audi knows an Audi S5 is one of the lowest depreciating cars you can buy.
        baldheadeddork
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Agilis
        Very low volume models like the S5 are usually excluded from studies like this because there aren't enough cars in the used market at any time to get a reliable sample.
        Jonathan Arena
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Agilis
        Agreed.
      gork
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very useful... if you're buying a car for just a year.
      Jay
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm surprised more CUVs like the RAV4/Rogue/CRV aren't on this list. They are very popular.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jay
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      amerifight
      • 3 Years Ago
      YOU CAN'T ESTIMATE DEPRECIATION!
        baldheadeddork
        • 3 Years Ago
        @amerifight
        Yeah, you can. You may not be able to predict the exact value a car will have in three or five years, but if they've been in production for more than a year it's pretty easy to find the cars with the best resale in each category. When my wife and I were shopping for new cars in 2005 I spent some time researching resale value on the cars we were considering. I looked as far back as I could and compared depreciation rates between cars at the same age. Her top pick was the Scion xB and that had only been on the market a year, but it had better resale than her other contender, a Civic. My top pick was a Toyota Tacoma, and that one wasn't even close. The Tacoma as I wanted to equip it retained twice as much of its value after five years compared to the Ford Ranger. (The Nissan Frontier was between the two.) Six years on and that analysis has held up. Her car has retained 75% of its value after six years. My truck has done even better. I paid $15,800 for my Tacoma (regular cab PreRunner, 4cyl/5sp, SR5) six years ago last month and it's private party resale value today is $13,125. That's an 83% retention rate after six years.
          Derek Ziemba
          • 3 Years Ago
          @baldheadeddork
          Pickups seem to have all gone up in price. I purchased my 2004 Ford Ranger in 2008 at 42000 miles at 10,000 dollars (during the so called recession) from the dealer. Today the private party value is 12 thousand and its at 69,000 miles. This pickup was actually an investment, pretty amazing. I still don't know how I got it that cheap, initially they wanted about 15 grand and we haggled for like a week. A similar Ranger on a dealer lot today I see listed at about 15 grand still, and it was an 03 with more miles.
      bonehead
      • 3 Years Ago
      WTH Hyundai Azera? That would be my guess for the fastest depreciating car. It is antiquated compared to everything else in Hyundais lineup, has no mass appeal, costs too much for what it is, and will be replaced shortly with a far superior model. How the heck can that car do anything but depreciate rapidly? The car that im shocked by its lack of depreciation is the Scion xB. Almost every used example of this car sells for close to the price of a new one without options. It is quite incredible actually. When a car can be purchased new for less than $17k and a 2008 still sells for $15k with 60k miles on it, that is incredible.
        bonehead
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bonehead
        wow mixed messages in this article. So they recommend buying the Azera but then state "Meanwhile, the Hyundai Azera limited packed the highest depreciation rate among the vehicles on the list at 21 percent," So which it is?
          Mike K
          • 3 Years Ago
          @bonehead
          Out of their picks, the Azera was the fastest to depreciate...
      sirjaysmith
      • 3 Years Ago
      where's the Jeep Wrangler? Its been noted for having the lowest depreciation of any car sold in the US for a long time now.
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