Subaru, Lexus Retain KBB's Top Resale Crown for 2016

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subaru lexus retain kbb s top resale crown for 2016

Subaru and Lexus brands topped Kelley Blue Book’s annual resale list for the second year in a row, the auto industry group announced Tuesday.

Subaru claimed four model winners for 2016 and Lexus nabbed six honors in the annual survey that measures projected retained value for five years of ownership. Toyota and General Motors each earned five segment winners this year and Tesla earned its first award for its Model S.

According to KBB, the top 10 cars with the best resale value were: Chevrolet Camaro and Colorado; GMC Canyon and Sierra; Jeep Wrangler; Subaru Forester and WRX; Toyota 4Runner, Tacoma and Tundra.

Segment winners included the Porsche Macan for luxury compact crossover and Lexus RC for entry-level luxury car (?).

Subcompact Car: Honda Fit

Plug-In Vehicle: Tesla Model S

Compact Car: Subaru Impreza

Compact SUV/Crossover: Jeep Wrangler

Sporty Compact Car: Subaru WRX

Mid-Size SUV/Crossover: Toyota 4Runner

Mid-Size Car: Subaru Legacy

Full-Size SUV/Crossover: Chevrolet Tahoe

Full-Size Car: Toyota Avalon

Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover: Porsche Macan

Entry-Level Luxury Car: Lexus RC

Luxury Mid-Size SUF/Crossover: Lexus GX 460

Luxury Car: Lexus GS

Luxury Full-Size SUV/Crossover: Lexus LX 570

High-End Luxury Car: Porsche Panamera

Hybrid SUV/Crossover: Lexus RX 450h

Sports Car: Chevrolet Camaro LT

Mid-Size Pickup Truck: Toyota Tacoma

High Performance Car: Chevrolet Camaro SS

Full-Size Pickup Truck: Toyota Tundra

Hybrid/Alternative Energy Car: Lexus ES 300h

Minivan/Van: Toyota Sienna

KBB noted in its statement that resale value is entirely relative: the average resale price of a $50,000 new car after five years is only $17,400.

According to the group, cars that cost $60,000 and greater were considered in luxury segments, and cars with small production numbers were excluded from competition. (That has to be why the Alfa Romeo 4C wasn’t included. Has to be. — Aaron)

“Most options and packages added to a vehicle do not necessarily increase its resale value,” Jack R. Nerad, editorial director for Kelley Blue Book, said in a statement. “However, there are exceptions to the rule, such as a high-performance engine or a performance package in a sports car.”

Notable exclusions from KBB’s list were Mazda, Audi and BMW, which had no finishers in the top 3 of any category. ( Well, I guess that depends on what you consider the Scion iA to be.)

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  • Hubcap Hubcap on Dec 15, 2015

    Here's the rub. This measures *projected* resale value. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out. They gave some questionable picks. For instance: 1. The Charger as second most valuable in the full size car segment 2. The Macan, Evoque, and GLA over the RDX and NX. 3. The LR4 over both the RX350 and MDX. 4. The Camaro as #1 sporty car and #1 high performance car. As with most things, time will tell.

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    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Dec 16, 2015

      @28-Cars-Later No offense taken, I work in IT and I haven't actively worked in the auto business in nearly a decade although I maintain ties to folks who do. Other than using calculations I learned during that period and current MMR data, my opinions are based on what I saw and did at the time. I realize you are living in Canada and are in the business currently which lends significant weight to your statements. I also realize the Charger is not an Intrepid to which I am more familiar but the end result is the same as is the used model target demographic in the US. I concede Canadian sales, as well as the overall new-used wholesale market, may be far different than what I envision and I do respect your opinions.

  • Tekdemon Tekdemon on Dec 16, 2015

    Was pretty surprised to see the GS as #1 in resale value since it's not in particularly high demand based on sales numbers and I don't recall it having great resale value. But then I realized that it's basically competing against cars whose values basically fall off a cliff, like a BMW 7 series. So the bar is set pretty low lol.

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    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Dec 16, 2015

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