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Family Vehicles Earning 2012 Best Retained Value Awards: Edmunds


2012 Honda Civic sedan

2012 Honda Civic sedan

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Consumers in the market for a new vehicle to satisfy family needs also want to have confidence that the chosen sedan, wagon, SUV, minivan or family-appropriate hybrid will keep a good portion of its value over time.

After all, we all know that whatever we buy starts to depreciate the minute we drive it off the dealer’s lot.

Since Edmunds has just released its 2012 Best Retained Value Awards, it’s with keen interest that we highlight the winners in each of the above categories, along with their respective percent of retained value after five years.

Sedans

  • Under $20,000: 2012 Honda Civic, 50%
  • $20K-$30K: 2012 Subaru Impreza, 45.3%
  • $30K-$40K: 2012 Lexus IS 250, 46.3%
  • Over $40,000: 2012 Cadillac CTS, 42.0%

2012 Scion xB

2012 Scion xB

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Wagons

  • Under $25,000: 2012 Scion xB, 47.3%
  • $25K-$35K: 2012 Mini Cooper Countryman, 48.5%
  • Over $35,000: 2012 BMW 3 Series, 42.7%

2012 Honda CR-V

2012 Honda CR-V

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SUVs

  • Under $25,000: 2012 Subaru Forester, 44.6%
  • $25K-$35K: 2012 Honda CR-V, 54.6%
  • $35K-$45K: 2012 GMC Acadia, 46%
  • Over $45,000: 2012 Acura MDX, 44.2%

2012 Honda Odyssey

2012 Honda Odyssey

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Vans

  • 2012 Honda Odyssey, 43.5%

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, road test, Spring 2011

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, road test, Spring 2011

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Hybrid

  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, 46.1%

Note that retained value is the projected residual value after five years, expressed as a percentage of Edmunds’ True Market Value (TMV) when sold new.

It’s also interesting to point out that Edmunds named Honda as the top mainstream (non-luxury) brand, with an average retained value of 47.9 percent after five years. This is the second such consecutive win for Honda.

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Comments (4)
  1. My 2006 Subrau Legacy got great gas mileage but was flawed in quality.
    Thin sheetmetal(gas door cover, side panels), red lighting for the accessories was bad on the eyes, weak interior door arm rest panels,
    imperfecting in the paint, and weak emergency take off speeds. I wish moreviewers would dwell on these weaknesses on this and other cars more than they do.
     
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  2. I forgot to mention that the way the 2006 Subaru Legacy was set up with the running driving lights, it was easy to think your night lights were on, but they were not, which means you rear night lights were not on. They may have somewhat fixed this later with an indicator on the dash instrument panel. At least, I complained about it to Subaru.
     
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  3. Thanks for sharing your experiences with your 2006 Subaru Legacy, Fred.
     
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  4. Yet more proof that one does get what one pays for and the Asian and Europen brands rack up yet another area where they are better than the domestics. Notice no Ford or Chrysler made the list? This is one of many reasons (value, quality, reliability the others) that I stick with and will always buy Honda.
     
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