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Drive a new car off the lot and, boom, it's used and not worth nearly what you own on it. But to help buyers counter this to the best of their abilities, ALG has released its 14th annual list of best bets for retained value.

Toyota stands out from the crowd with nine total awards on the list, including its Scion and Lexus brands. But Honda took the top spot among mainstream brands with Hyundai second and Scion third. Subaru is fourth and Mazda fifth. In the premium brand rankings, Acura is ranked Number One, while Infiniti and Audi bring up second and third. In fourth place is Lexus and in fifth, Mercedes-Benz. Chevrolet is listed as number fifteen – last place on the mainstream list, while Lincoln is at the bottom of premium brands in tenth position.

"Hyundai's ascent as a brand is nothing short of impressive," said Larry Dominique, president of ALG in a press release. "Since 2007, when the brand ranked in the bottom quartile for residual value, Hyundai has delivered well-executed product, and has kept incentives and fleet – two elements that can quickly damage residual value – in check. And, as demonstrated by the redesigned Santa Fe Sport, they continue to deliver."

ALG also looked at residual values within specific segments. Among sub compact cars, the Honda Fit retains the most residual value on average. Honda Accord (pictured) was tops in midsize cars and the Odyssey among minivans. Compact car goes to Hyundai's Elantra and fullsize car to that company's Azera. The Koreans also excelled with the Santa Fe Sport in the midsize utility vehicle category.

Toyota products show up nine times in the segments with the Prius C taking alt-fuel vehicle, Scion FR-S in sports car, the FJ Cruiser among compact utility vehicles and Sequoia best among full size utilities. Toyotas beat out the domestics in pickup trucks, too, with the Tacoma taking midsize category and Tundra the full size division. The Land Cruiser kept the most residual value when compared to other premium full size utility vehicles and premium cars from Lexus took the full size (GS 350) and executive (LS 460) categories.

You can see the full lists and press release below.
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Honda and Acura Rank Highest in ALG's 14th Annual Residual Value Awards
  • Toyota family of brands takes home nine awards;
  • Hyundai nets 3 awards, lands second among mainstream brands
Los Angeles Auto Show, November 26, 2013 – ALG, the industry benchmark for vehicle values and a leading provider of automotive insights, today announced the results of its 14th annual Residual Value Awards, with Honda and Acura earning the awards for top Mainstream and Premium brands, respectively. Acura returns to the top ranking among Premium brands after a two-year gap while Honda ranks highest after a three-year gap. While Acura and Honda claim the top spots, it was the Toyota family of brands that walked away with the most hardware – nine total – six awards for Toyota, two for Lexus and one for Scion.

ALG's Residual Value Awards honor the vehicles in each segment that are forecast to retain the highest percentage of MSRP after a three-year period. Award recipients were chosen after a careful evaluation of vehicle criteria, including segment competition, historical vehicle performance and industry trends. This year's awards are based on 2013 model year vehicles.

"Residual value is a complete indicator of vehicle value, taking into account quality, durability and brand desirability," said Larry Dominique, President of ALG. "The Residual Value Awards measure the most important brand performance metric – the statement consumers make with their wallets when they purchase a vehicle."

In two of the most hotly contested segments, Midsize and Compact Car, the Honda Accord and Hyundai Elantra ranked highest respectively. In the Midsize Car segment, the Subaru Legacy was second and the redesigned Nissan Altima third. In the Compact Car segment, the Scion TC and Mazda3 rounded out the top three.

Among Mainstream brands, Hyundai ranked second overall behind Honda. Scion, part of the Residual Value Award rankings for the first time, ranked third. Infiniti and Audi ranked second and third respectively among Premium brands. Lexus, last year's highest ranked brand, is now fourth.

"Hyundai's ascent as a brand is nothing short of impressive," said Dominique. "Since 2007, when the brand ranked in the bottom quartile for Residual Value, Hyundai has delivered well-executed product, and has kept incentives and fleet – two elements that can quickly damage residual value – in check. And, as demonstrated by the redesigned Santa Fe Sport, they continue to deliver."


Among Premium brands, Lexus took home segment awards for the redesigned GS and LS models (Premium Fullsize Car, Premium Executive Car respectively) while MINI received awards for the Cooper (Premium Compact Car) and Cooper Countryman (Sub Compact Utility Vehicle).

In the Alternative Fuel segments, the Toyota Prius c and Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTEC received awards.

Based in Santa Barbara, California, ALG is a leading provider of insights and consulting services to the automotive industry. ALG publishes the Residual Value Guidebook – the benchmark for residual value projections in North America, and has been forecasting automotive residual values for nearly 50 years in both the U.S. and Canadian markets. For more information, visit www.alg.com.

Segment Awards
Mainstream Brand Rankings
  1. Honda
  2. Hyundai
  3. Scion
  4. Subaru
  5. Mazda
  6. Toyota
  7. Nissan
  8. Kia
  9. Volkswagen
  10. Mitsubishi
  11. Ford
  12. Dodge
  13. Buick
  14. GMC
  15. Chevrolet

Premium Brand Rankings
  1. Acura
  2. Infiniti
  3. Audi
  4. Lexus
  5. Mercedes-Benz
  6. BMW
  7. Cadillac
  8. Porsche
  9. Volvo
  10. Lincoln


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      TBN27
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you like to switch cars every 5 years then this matters.otherwise my opinion is that residual value in cars are irrelevant if you tend to keep your car for 8+ years. Also it is more irrelevant when delears will for ever not give you residual value for the vehicle unless you are going to sell it yourself to someone looking for wheels.
        Toronto St. Pats
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TBN27
        That's true. But there are good reasons to switch cars every 4-5 years. For one, your car is always covered by warranty. It is more reliable...so fewer trips to the mechanic / dealer who's bound to rip you off once warranty is expired. It's safer as older cars are often horribly unsafe. So while you do end up spending more, to some that extra cost is worth it. You pay more but you also get more. I think that's why leasing makes sense for people like that.
      clquake
      • 2 Years Ago
      Having the highest resale should translate to lowest leases hopefully....
      bullitt2605
      • 2 Years Ago
      I always buy used low mileage cars and let someone else take the hit.
        lordedardstark1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bullitt2605
        Unless they fück the car up for you. IE no oil change for 12 k miles with conventional oil; my cousin did that to his 12' Accord then sold it.
          superchan7
          • 2 Years Ago
          @lordedardstark1
          CPO, good to go.
          clquake
          • 2 Years Ago
          @lordedardstark1
          CPO warranty doesn't mean too much if your new to you car is in the shop 90% of the time.
      benzaholic
      • 2 Years Ago
      ALG residuals are a big factor when negotiating a lease on a new vehicle, too, so the vehicles that lose less of their value should cost less to lease. Also entertaining to see Porsche brand way down there between Caddy and Volvo. And a marketing lesson to everyone else how two MINIs are among the individual honors.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      lazybeans
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm old enough to still shutter at the thought of owning a Hyundai. Driving a Hyundai Excel back in the day would've gotten you laughed at or beaten up in high school. *shivers*
        dohc73
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lazybeans
        True be that. If you were a teenager and you were looking for your first car, your parents thought it was a good deal to buy a brand-new car like the Excel even though they, like everyone else, knew they were crap, but they were cheap and that was their only draw. In the end, most teens would have rather had a used car of any other brand than a brand new Hyundai.
        Jon Schatz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lazybeans
        I have to agree. I owned a 1991 Hyundai Excel in high school. I actually got almost 150,000 miles out of it but man was that thing a piece of ****. I never seen one like it on the road.
        desinerd1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lazybeans
        At your age, you should drive an Avalon.
      lordedardstark1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sorry but Subaru deserves to be up on number one with Toyota. Hyundai's brainwashing is still working on faux review sites. It should go Honda, Toyota, Subaru, Scion, Mazda, Nissan, Ford, Hyundai, Kia, GMC,Volkswagon, Jeep, Buick,Chevrolet.....................................................Mitsubishi, somewhere.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lordedardstark1
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          dohc73
          • 2 Years Ago
          Hyundai will always mean the Excel to me forever.
      techie69
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hyundai residual value is going to droop with the mpg fiasco, this list got compiled before the CR mileage tests.
        whatamooseiam
        • 2 Years Ago
        @techie69
        It will drop but not by much. MPG is one of MANY factors that determine residual value. Reliability IMO being the most important.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      JF
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's all about incentives.
        lordedardstark1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JF
        My uncle had a choice between a Equinox, Escape, CRV or a Murano. Because of incentives, he chose the Murano. You couldn't pay me to drive a Murano, because it is the prime example of what a car guy hates.IMO
          tinted up
          • 2 Years Ago
          @lordedardstark1
          Have you driven a Murano? Murano isn't even in the same class as the three mentioned vehicles, the rogue is. Murano is a LOT more upscale and a LOT more comfortable to drive than equinox escape or CRV. Sure it has a CVT, but the CVT keeps the V6 barely tilling along if you aren't using it and results in a buttery smooth drive. You are right though, a typical car guy wouldn't be "into" a Murano, but they drive very nice.
      techie69
      • 2 Years Ago
      This list hasn't changed much except Lexus in decades. There is a reason why Hondas and Toyotas have great longevity because they are built well with great parts and the resell value is just the end result!
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm really surprised that Lexus is behind Audi, and the fact that Audi is included in Premium Brands list.
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