Irvine, California – The American consumer automotive publication, Kelley Blue Book has announced the 2010 model-year vehicle winners of its annual Best Resale Value Awards which recognize current and forthcoming vehicles for their projected retained value five years from now.

Since depreciation (or loss of value) is typically a car-buyer’s primary expense during ownership, these awards are designed to help consumers make more informed car-buying decisions.

Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value Awards are based on projections from the Kelley Blue Book Official Residual Value Guide determined by an expert staff of automotive analysts. Low-volume vehicles and vehicles with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of more than $60,000 are excluded from award consideration, except in the luxury and high-performance categories.

2010 BEST RESALE VALUE: BRAND:  Toyota

2010 BEST RESALE VALUE: LUXURY BRAND:  Lexus

2010 BEST RESALE VALUE: BY VEHICLE CATEGORY:

MID-SIZE PICKUP: Toyota Tacoma

HIGH-PERFORMANCE CAR: Chevrolet Camaro SS

FULL-SIZE PICKUP: Ford F-Series Super Duty

HYBRID/ALT. FUEL CAR: Toyota Prius

COMPACT CAR: Mini Cooper Clubman

COMPACT UTILITY VEHICLE: Honda CR-V 

MID-SIZE UTILITY VEHICLE: Toyota Highlander

MID-SIZE CAR: Honda Accord

FULL-SIZE UTILITY VEHICLE:  Honda Pilot

FULL-SIZE CAR: Ford Taurus

UTILITY VEHICLE: BMW X5 Turbo Diesel

HYBRID/ALT. FUEL LUXURY UTILITY VEHICLE: Lexus RX 350

LUXURY CAR: Audi A5

NEAR-LUXURY CAR: Lexus IS   

VAN: Toyota Sienna

SPORTS CAR: Nissan 370Z

2010 BEST RESALE VALUE: TOP 10 MODELS

Audi A5 MINI Cooper BMW M3 Mini Cooper Clubman Chevrolet Camaro SS Toyota Prius Chevrolet Corvette Toyota RAV4 Honda CR-V Toyota Tacoma

(All values based on the November/December 2009 Kelley Blue Book Residual Value Guide. Top 10 models appear in alphabetical order).

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