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).