Toronto, Ontario – Canadian Black Book has released the winners of its coveted Best Retained Value Awards for 2011. The awards go to 2007 model-year vehicles in 17 categories that retained the highest percentage of their original MSRP over the past four years.

Retained value is a strong indicator for how a vehicle may perform in the future. For consumers, selecting a vehicle with a high retained value, and therefore a lower depreciation rate, will reduce their overall cost of ownership. New for this year, the awards name the winners in each category, as well as the first two runners-up in each. For 2011, the winners and the first two runners-up are:

Subcompact car: Volkswagen New Beetle; Honda Fit; Toyota Yaris

Compact car: Volkswagen City Golf; Volkswagen Rabbit; Toyota Matrix

Midsize car: Subaru Outback; Kia Rondo; Toyota Camry

Full-size car: Toyota Avalon; Nissan Maxima; Buick Lucerne

Entry luxury car: Volvo C30; Lexus IS; Audi A3

Luxury car: Volvo S80; Lexus GS; Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Premium luxury: Lexus LS; Audi A8/S8; BMW 6 Series

Premium sports car: Jaguar XK; Porsche 911; Porsche Cayman

Sports car: Volkswagen GTI; Volkswagen Eos; Mazda MX-5

Small pickup: Toyota Tacoma; Ford Explorer Sport Trac; Ford Ranger

Full-size pickup: Toyota Tundra; Ford F-Series; Lincoln Mark LT

Minivan: Honda Odyssey; Toyota Sienna; Hyundai Entourage

Full-size van: Dodge Sprinter; GMC Savana; Chevrolet Express

Compact SUV: Jeep Wrangler; Honda CR-V; Toyota RAV4

Midsize SUV: Toyota FJ Cruiser; Mazda CX-9; Toyota 4Runner

Full-size SUV: Toyota Sequoia; Chevrolet Suburban; Ford Expedition

Luxury SUV: Mercedes-Benz G-Class; Acura MDX; Mercedes-Benz M-Class

“Depreciation is the largest expense associated with vehicle ownership, and for six years, these awards have helped buyers identify which vehicles depreciate the least,” said Kathy Ward, CEO of Canadian Black Book. “Consumers want as much information as they can get when buying or selling a vehicle.”

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