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.
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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