October 16, 2003


Kelley Blue Book names top 10 vehicles that best retain their value

Irvine, California – Kelley Blue Book, ( www.kbb.com ), one of the largest independent automotive web-sites in the United States, has released its Top 10 list of 2004 model year vehicles that will best retain their value over the next five years. This year’s list has been segmented by overall retention value and by vehicle category.

Based on current vehicle data, market conditions for each vehicle, expectations of the future economy and the combined experience of the Kelley Blue Book editorial team, the lists forecast which 2004 model vehicles will retain the greatest amount of their original MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price).

2004 Model Year Vehicles KBB Forecasts Will Best Retain Their Value Over Next Five Years:

  • OVERALL LIST

  • Acura MDX
  • Infiniti G35 Coupe
  • BMW 3-Series
  • Lexus RX 330
  • BMW X5
  • Mercedes-Benz CLK
  • Chevrolet Corvette
  • Mini Cooper
  • Honda Civic
  • Toyota Tacoma Prerunner

    (High performance, low volume vehicles or vehicles with an original MSRP
    over U.S.$60,000 were not taken into consideration on the overall list.
    Values based on the November/December 2003 Kelley Blue Book(R) Residual
    Values Guide.)

2004 Model Year Vehicles KBB Forecasts Will Best Retain Their Value Over Next Five Years

  • BY CATEGORY

  • SEDAN: Honda Accord LX V6
  • LUXURY: Mercedes-Benz S55 AMG
  • COUPE: Infiniti G35 Coupe
  • PICKUP: Toyota Tacoma Prerunner Crew Cab 4D V6 4WD
  • CONVERTIBLE: Mercedes-Benz CLK 320 Cabriolet
  • SPORT UTILITY: BMW X5 4.4 i
  • WAGON: Subaru Impreza WRX Sport Wagon
  • VAN/MINIVAN: Honda Odyssey
  • HATCHBACK: MINI Cooper
  • SPORTY: Chevrolet Corvette Z06

    (Kelley Blue Book vehicles that are expected to retain the greatest
    amount of value in their category over the next five years. Values based
    on the November/December 2003 Kelley Blue Book(R) Residual Values Guide.)

According to the Kelley Blue Book editorial team, several newly introduced 2004 model vehicles are expected to retain a high percentage of their value looking five years into the future, but fall just short of making this year’s list. Vehicles just missing this years Top 10 list include the Acura TSX, Cadillac SRX, the redesigned Ford F150, Mazda RX8, Nissan Titan, Saab 9-3 Convertible and the Toyota Prius. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Subaru Impreza WRX STi are also expected to do well, but were omitted from the overall list because they are low volume performance vehicles.

“The Internet provides more information on car-buying today than in the past,” said Charlie Vogelheim, executive editor, Kelley Blue Book. “Today, it’s about more than just getting a good deal when you buy a new car, but getting the information to help you determine its actual value down the road.”

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