Toyota and Lexus stormed the 2014 Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards, winning a combined 18 categories including best brand and best luxury brand. This marks the third year in a row that both automakers have won the Brand and Luxury Brand resale value awards. In all, Toyota won 11 categories and Lexus won seven.

Honda made a good showing, as well, winning two segments (Accord Plug-In Hybrid and Civic Si) and putting one car on the top-10 Best Resale Value list (CR-V). Chevrolet did even better, winning two segments (with the V6 Camaro and the Corvette) and placing three cars on the top-10-overall list (again, the Camaro and Corvette, plus the Silverado 1500).

The other winners came from Jeep, Dodge, Infiniti, Subaru and Audi. To give you a clearer picture of the Toyota and Lexus domination, their 18 mentions represents more than half of the 34 awards (including the top-10-overall list).

Here's the Top 10 Cars list:
Head on below for the press release, where you can find the full results of KBB's Best Resale Value Awards.
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2014 BEST RESALE VALUE AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED BY KELLEY BLUE BOOK

Toyota, Lexus Achieve Top Honors as Best Brand, Luxury Brand for 2014; Chevrolet Captures Three Vehicle Awards in Overall Top 10

IRVINE, Calif., November 18, 2013 – The 2014 model-year brand and category winners of the annual Best Resale Value Awards, recognizing vehicles for their projected retained value through the initial five-year ownership period, were announced today by Kelley Blue Book, www.kbb.com, the leading provider of new and used car information. Both Toyota and Lexus earned top honors for best brand and best luxury brand, and each of those top brands had six segment winners from a total of 22 different segments. Honda earned three segment awards, while Chevrolet captured two segment awards and placed an impressive three vehicles in the overall top 10 list.

"Capturing top honors for the third year in a row, Toyota and Lexus continue their Best Resale Value Awards Brand and Luxury Brand reign, earning an impressive 18 combined awards among the 2014 model-year lineups," said Eric Ibara, director of residual value consulting for Kelley Blue Book. "While both Toyota and Lexus continue to deliver incredible resale value, we also are impressed with the strides made by Chevrolet, which tops domestic automakers with five combined awards, and Subaru with its Impreza making its way back to the top spot in its segment."

Kelley Blue Book's Best Resale Value Awards are in its 12th year and are based on projections from the Kelley Blue Book® Official Residual Value Guide. Kelley Blue Book® Residual Values are established by experienced automotive analysts that review the output from the statistical models built upon millions of transactions. Vehicles that earn the highest five-year residual values, expressed as a percentage of their original Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) are selected for these prestigious awards. Low-volume vehicles and vehicles with an MSRP of more than $60,000 are excluded from award consideration, except in the luxury and high-performance categories.

2014 BEST RESALE VALUE: BRAND
TOYOTA

2014 BEST RESALE VALUE: LUXURY BRAND
LEXUS

2014 BEST RESALE VALUE: BY VEHICLE CATEGORY

SUBCOMPACT CAR: Nissan Versa
PLUG-IN VEHICLE: Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid
COMPACT CAR: Subaru Impreza
COMPACT SUV/CROSSOVER: Jeep Wrangler
SPORTY COMPACT CAR: Honda Civic Si
MID-SIZE SUV/CROSSOVER: Toyota FJ Cruiser
MID-SIZE CAR: Honda Accord
FULL-SIZE SUV/CROSSOVER: Toyota Sequoia
FULL-SIZE CAR: Toyota Avalon
LUXURY COMPACT SUV/CROSSOVER: Infiniti QX50
ENTRY-LEVEL LUXURY CAR: Lexus ES 350
LUXURY MID-SIZE SUV/CROSSOVER: Lexus GX 460
LUXURY CAR: Audi A5
LUXURY FULL-SIZE SUV/CROSSOVER: Lexus LX 570
HIGH-END LUXURY CAR: Lexus LS 460
HYBRID SUV/CROSSOVER: Lexus RX 450h
SPORTS CAR: Chevrolet Camaro V6
MID-SIZE PICKUP TRUCK: Toyota Tacoma
HIGH PERFORMANCE CAR: Chevrolet Corvette
FULL-SIZE PICKUP TRUCK: Toyota Tundra
HYBRID/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY CAR: Lexus ES 300h
MINIVAN/VAN: Toyota Sienna

2014 BEST RESALE VALUE: TOP 10 CARS
Chevrolet Camaro
Jeep Wrangler
Chevrolet Corvette
Toyota FJ Cruiser
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Toyota Tacoma
Dodge Challenger
Toyota Tundra
Honda CR-V
Toyota 4Runner

(Residual values used for award calculations are based on the 2014 model-year vehicles that appear in the November/December 2013 Kelley Blue Bookâ Residual Value Guide. Top 10 models appear in alphabetical order).

While most car buyers today consider sticker price one of the most significant numbers when choosing a new vehicle, the editors at Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com recommend shoppers consider a number they won't find on any window sticker: the resale value. Depreciation often is the greatest expense incurred by drivers during the first five years of vehicle ownership. An average 2014 model-year vehicle only will retain about 39.7 percent of its original value after a five-year ownership period, meaning that a $50,000 new car today will only be worth somewhere close to $19,850 after five years. Vehicles with average or below-average resale values are generally plentiful in the marketplace and easy to find. But certain vehicles are projected to hold their value better than others. While much of a vehicle's resale value is based on supply and demand, as well as current and projected future market conditions, vehicles that retain their value best are typically discounted the least and tend to generate high levels of consumer interest.

"Most options and packages added to a vehicle do not necessarily increase its resale value," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book. "However, there are exceptions to the rule, such as a high-performance engine or a performance package in a sports car. Regional preferences can significantly impact the value of a vehicle as well. In the colder sections of the country, a two-wheel drive vehicle's resale value often will not be as high as a four-wheel or all-wheel drive version of that same model. In warmer climates black (or dark-colored) cars will not have as high resale value as they could command in other regions."

While the company's Residual Value Guide has been published since 1982, Kelley Blue Book established its annual Best Resale Value Awards in 2003. Kelley Blue Book reports projections based on current vehicle data, relevant auction transactions, sales data, market conditions for each vehicle, competition within vehicle segments, expectations of the future economy and the combined experience of Kelley Blue Book's residual analysts. Residual values reflect projected future auction values for vehicles in average condition with 75,000 miles at the end of a five-year lease or ownership period. Kelley Blue Book's residual values are used by manufacturers, banks, financial institutions and the automotive leasing industry.

For more information about Kelley Blue Book's Best Resale Value Awards, please visit
http://www.kbb.com/new-cars/best-resale-value-awards/.


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      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow- the German cars are taking a bath! Only one Audi on that entire list. No BMW, MB or VW.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
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      Max Forte
      • 1 Year Ago
      Toyota/Lexus rocks, Rest of the World sux
      C M
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rick Hamilton: Incorrect on the most recalls... even after all the recalls and TSBs Toyota has released in the past 5 years (including the major ones being a project of a witch-hunt, that the US Government apologized for) Toyota is the least recalled vehicle based on volume of all time. You can visit kelly blue book for the press release attached to this article to read that for yourself. However you are correct, Toyota/Lexus has the most celebrated resale value in industry history.
      bubciak
      • 1 Year Ago
      Every idiota drives Toyota :-)))))))
      b.rn
      • 1 Year Ago
      So if I'm buying used, I should avoid Toyota an Lexus? Got it.
        b.rn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @b.rn
        OK, I've been downvoted a lot. I'd like an explanation. Vehicles with a good resale value is great if you're buying new, but should be avoided if you're buying used. Buy a new Lexus or Toyota, but not a used one.
          mao893kim
          • 1 Year Ago
          @b.rn
          Your explanation makes no sense. Why would a car with good resale value suddenly lose a lot of value after being sold the first time? It would be expected to hold value into the future too, so new/used makes no difference. You simply pay for the depreciation while you own the car.
          b.rn
          • 1 Year Ago
          @b.rn
          mao893kim, Thank you for taking the time to respond. Looking at it from a deprecation standpoint is a good way to look at it. A used car with a high resale value has yet to undergo much of it's deprecation. A used car with a low resale value has already undergone much of it's deprecation. I'd rather have someone else pay the larger deprecation. As a result; if you're buying new, a higher resale value is good. If you're buying used, a higher resale value is bad. Following this rule, I recently purchased a 1-year old car where 37% of the price of the car had been depreciated.
      theautojunkie
      • 1 Year Ago
      ......Four Toyotas in the Top Ten, none of them are cars.....
      marv.shocker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here come the haters...
      Black Dyanmite
      • 1 Year Ago
      You want resale value, you start, and end, with Toyota and Lexus BD
      ed_rc
      • 1 Year Ago
      and hate in three, two, one....
      Jmaister
      • 1 Year Ago
      Other than the trucks, all these car are more than likely parked than driven.
      iamzombie
      • 1 Year Ago
      The V6 Camaro is a sports car? Tee hee.
        dohc73
        • 1 Year Ago
        @iamzombie
        What's more funny is that Ford couldn't crack the top 10. At all. Tee hee hee hee.
          iamzombie
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dohc73
          I guess ford drivers decide to keep their vehicles ;)
          Timon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dohc73
          If Ford drivers decided to keep thier cars than the resale value would go up, it's down cause they are trying to get rid of thier fords
        MAX
        • 1 Year Ago
        @iamzombie
        Fusion came in 2nd for midsize sedan resale behind Accord. That's quite an accomplishment.
      wave9x
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not a single Korean car... I guess the paid posters on here from Korea aren't helping.
        mao893kim
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wave9x
        I know... They barely show up on any other of these long-term rankings. Their cars supposedly got good from 2008 so should be in here. Guess these awards aren't for sale
        Justin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wave9x
        Also not a single Nissan, VW, Ford, Chrysler, Mazda...
          Justin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Justin
          Missed the Versa, but no BMW, Mercedes....
          John W
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Justin
          Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Challenger are Chrysler Group cars.
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