CanadianBlackBook.com presents the winners of our 2017 "Best Retained Value" Awards. This year we measured 2013 model year vehicles, in 20 categories. The much-desired awards track vehicle values over a four-year period, with our analysts scouring hundreds of thousands of sales transactions and other data points from live auctions, online auctions, dealership and other proprietary sources. Prizes are awarded to those vehicles that hold the highest percentage value of their original MSRP. See Media Release & Winner Photos

2017 Best Retained Value - Sub-compact Car

Toyota Prius c*

Runners-up

Pioneering the hybrid car movement, the Toyota Prius brand has quieted the naysayers and remains popular in both the new and used market. For 2017, the Toyota Prius c has taken the top spot in the Sub-compact Car segment from last year’s winner the Honda Fit. This 4 door hybrid hatchback has a surprisingly large interior for this segment. It also has a good amount of space for cargo with the seats up or down. The ride is firm, but wouldn’t be classified as sporty. As expected, and the main reason for buying a hybrid vehicle, the fuel economy is excellent. If you are looking for a fuel efficient used car that is a retained value champ, you won’t go wrong choosing the Toyota Prius c, a Canadian Black Book 2017 Best Retained Value Award winner.

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2017 Best Retained Value - Compact Car

Subaru XV Crosstrek

Is it a cross-over or a car with SUV-like attributes? Either way, the Subaru XV Crosstrek is very popular with Canadians. With an elevated ride height and Subaru’s legendary AWD system, this nimble hatchback can take you to places other compact cars can’t. The interior is roomy and there is plenty of cargo room for all your gear. The ubiquitous 4-cylinder boxer engine performs well in all conditions and provides good fuel economy. Styling is sporty with roof-rails, fender-flares and larger wheels and tires usually associated with CUVs. If you are looking for a compact car with the added traction of all-wheel-drive, the Subaru XV Crosstrek is the popular choice that has earned a Canadian Black Book 2017 Best Retained Value Award.

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2017 Best Retained Value - Mid-size Car

Toyota Camry*

In a category that has been dominated by its competitors, Camry broke through in 2016 and has remained at the top for 2017. With a spacious interior, quiet and comfortable ride and fuel efficiency, combined with Toyota’s reputation for quality and reliability has made Camry a family favourite since its launch in 1983. Always one of the best-selling vehicles in its segment, demand for used models has driven up its resale value. For those buyers looking for great value, Camry has always delivered. For those buyers looking for great retained value, Camry is at the top of the class for 2017.

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2017 Best Retained Value - Full-size Car

Toyota Avalon*

While it may not set hearts racing with handling prowess or dramatic performance, that is missing the point. The Toyota Avalon is spacious, luxurious, quiet, and comes with that Toyota trademark quality. The 2013 model year introduced a dramatic new look and increased luxury with more upscale features and improved materials. Although it does not offer a particularly sporty driving experience, the ride was tightened from the soft, disconnected feel of previous years. Definitely a vehicle to consider if you want a comfortable, reliable, roomy sedan that is proven to hold its value over time.

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2017 Best Retained Value - Entry Luxury Car

Volvo XC70*

Families looking for space, comfort, utility and the confidence of all-wheel-drive will usually find themselves shopping for a crossover SUV. But with the Volvo XC70, you can have it all without compromising handling and fuel efficiency. The XC70 is a luxury wagon with a luxurious interior that is distinctly Scandinavian in its design. Seating is comfortable and supportive and offers plenty of cargo room with or without the rear seats folded. For people who really appreciate wagons for their unique blend of drivability and utility, there are limited options on the market. In this exclusive segment, XC70 is a great choice that continues to be in demand. And in the used car market, this demand has resulted in the XC70 winning a retained value award for 2017.

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2017 Best Retained Value - Luxury Car

Audi A7*

Back at the top of the class for a second year, Luxury Car, the Audi A7 is the one to beat in the luxury car segment. Desire for coupe like styling in a four-door luxury package is the current trend and the A7 set the standard. Distinctly Audi up front, the A7’s roofline slopes dramatically in a style reminiscent of the ‘70’s fastback coupes. This long rear slope is not just cosmetic, as the A7 offers the functionality of a hatchback. Performance, handling and comfort is typically Audi, with spirited driving dynamics and no-compromise fit and finish. While some may find the A7 styling a bit polarizing, it seems to be growing on a lot of people as demand for used A7’s has resulted in high retained values and the Canadian Black Book Retained Value Award for 2017.

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2017 Best Retained Value - Premium Luxury Car

Porsche Panamera*

Mimicking the Porsche 911’s trademark silhouette, the Panamera evokes the lines of a sports car while bringing rear seat passengers along for the (fast) ride, in comfort. When Porsche set out to make a large luxury sedan they, perhaps wisely, elected not to follow the so-called three-box styling formula normally used in this segment. The three-box style, one for the engine, one for the cabin, and one for the trunk is eschewed for a sweeping fastback profile with a rear hatch. While it may look different from the competition, it follows the recipe for luxury inside with lashings of leather and features galore. While luxurious, differences from the luxury norm don’t end there, its mission leans more to the performance side of things, in keeping with the Porsche name. It delivers on the promise, with most engines it leaves little to be desired in the performance department and handling is there to match. Often it pays to be unique, it helps keep values strong and win awards like this one.

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2017 Best Retained Value - Sports Car

Dodge Challenger*

Runners-up

A winner for the sixth straight year, the Dodge Challenger proves the retro styling formula is still a winner for sports car buyers, new and used alike. The Challenger keeps putting together wins year-after-year by offering a stylish package with engines ranging from quick, to fast, to bonkers. Entry level models have a V6 that is quick, with enough performance for day-to-day driving. The R/T gets treated to the venerable 5.7L V8 Hemi, with enough power to get you hauled in by the local constabulary. The bonkers option is the SRT version of the Challenger, equipped with a face-warping 6.4L V8, it truly has what it takes to create lots of smiles per mile and smoky burn-outs too. The entire line-up is one that buyers are looking to get a hold of, keeping used prices high and pushing it to win the Canadian Black Book 2017 Best Retained Value Award.

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2017 Best Retained Value - Premium Sports Car

Porsche Boxster*

It’s hard to believe that it has been over 20 years since Porsche introduced the original Boxster. The 2013 model year was a completely new vehicle with only the engine and gearbox carried over from the previous model. No longer seen as a “poor man’s 911”, the Boxster is an extremely capable sports car in its own right. The mid-engine set-up provides almost perfect 50/50 weight distribution delivering dynamic handling that is just as happy on a track as it is on your daily commute. The Boxster exterior styling has evolved as well with a more refined, low-slung profile that looks good with the roof up or down. But to really appreciate the Boxster attributes, put down the roof, find a winding stretch of road and listen to the sound of its exquisite Porsche 6-cylinder engine. If you’re not into the technical reasons why the Boxster is a winner, you will certainly appreciate its low-slung sports car looks. So, if you need to convince your accountant that the Porsche Boxster is the car for you, just point to the fact that it won the Canadian Black Book 2017 Best Retained Value Award.

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2017 Best Retained Value - Compact SUV

Jeep Wrangler*

For the 7th year in a row, Wrangler won the Compact SUV category. Last year Wrangler set a new retained value record of 79% and for 2017 it beat it at 82% retained value after four years. The demand for Wrangler continues to grow, both new and used, but finding a used Wrangler is like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack. With its iconic styling and go-anywhere capability, Wrangler appeals to buyers who want a fun-to-drive, versatile machine that will make school runs and traverse mountain passes with equal success. It remains for 2017 one of the retained value champions.

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2017 Best Retained Value - Mid-size SUV

Toyota FJ Cruiser*

In a segment that was swept by Toyota, FJ Cruiser once again owns the top spot with a record 83% retained value. This is the best of any vehicle in any category. While its off-road capabilities are not likely to be tested by most drivers, the iconic looks let everyone know it means business. With polarizing looks that are not for everyone, FJ does have a loyal following that place a high demand on the limited number available. Those who do buy into the club get the previously mentioned stout off-road capability and they are also getting tried and tested Toyota quality. All-said, this is a tough rig that keeps it together for long-haul and so it is back for another Best Retained Value Award.

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2017 Best Retained Value - Full-size SUV

Toyota Sequoia*

While based on Toyota’s full-size pick up, saying Sequoia is merely a Toyota Tundra pick-up with some extra metal grafted on the back sells the Sequoia short. The Tundra is a strong starting point but from there a lot of effort was made to make the Sequoia a hospitable place to be while keeping the ability to be a workhorse. The Tundra’s mission is to carry loads of drywall, lumber, and so on, whereas the Sequoia puts a priority on passenger comfort. It should be noted that while passengers are treated to plenty of room, luxury and versatility, the Sequoia shines in the trailering department. In the end, it has an appeal that helps keep it winning Best Retained Value awards year-after-year.

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2017 Best Retained Value - Compact Luxury SUV

Audi Q5*

The Q5 returns to the top of its segment for the third straight year. Being an Audi it possesses all the brand represents – a restrained but stylish exterior design, gutsy performance, planted dynamics, and interior quality that made others up their game. This segment has been one of the fastest growing in Canada and continues to be, there are many great choices available but the combination the Q5 offers is one for which buyers are looking. This is evidenced by its strong resale value and the reason it has repeated it Best Retained Value award in 2017.

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2017 Best Retained Value - Mid-size Luxury SUV

Porsche Cayenne*

Many Porsche purists sputtered when the Cayenne first hit the streets as a 2003 model. It was heresy in their eyes but for buyers, it was a Porsche that they could use day-to-day. Times have changed and the Cayenne has become one of the finest SUVs available. For an SUV it is remarkably well composed on road, handling better than many cars, some that have a sporting pretense. Add a twin-turbo V8 to the mix and you end up with an SUV that will leave some other sports cars embarrassed in a stop light drag-race. All in all, it is an SUV that buyers desire and so it is back in 2017 for another Retained Value Award.

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2017 Best Retained Value - Full-size Luxury SUV

Mercedes-Benz G-Class

If practical and sensible are at the top of your shopping list, then the G-Class is unlikely to fit the bill. G-Class is an emotional purchase that fills the “I want” versus the “I need” ledger. Unlike the rest of the Mercedes-Benz line up, luxury, refinement, comfort and handling do not describe the G-Class. Built originally as a military vehicle capable of blazing trails, the suspension and underpinnings are utilitarian not technologically advanced. It is a large vehicle that feels even larger because of its less than modern driving dynamics. But at the end of the day, none of this matters. The G-Class makes a statement in its unique styling and exclusivity. For those who can afford it, the G-Class stands apart from other luxury SUVs and attracts attention which keeps demand and values high.

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2017 Best Retained Value - Minivan

Honda Odyssey* & Toyota Sienna*

Runners-up

The Odyssey is back for another year at the top of the minivan ranks. But this time it’s not alone! For the first-time there is a co-winner of the Canadian Black Book Best Retained Value Award for minivan, the Toyota Sienna. There are still plenty of buyers who want a minivan. The stigma that minivans exist in a less desirable class prevails but if you ask anyone with a van in driveway, why they have it and the answer will be, because it hauls people, goods, and any combination thereof. The Odyssey was an innovator of what has become a must-have, fold-in-floor seats the first Odyssey had the third-row disappearing in the floor. There are many other reasons buyers are drawn to the Odyssey among them, Honda’s reputation for building quality equipment and flexible interior configurations. All said, those reasons seem to speak to vehicle used buyers’ desires helping to keep values up and so it appears at the top of its segment again.

The Toyota Sienna joined many other Toyota’s as a winner of the Canadian Black Book 2017 Best Retained Value Award in the minivan segment. But for the first time, it is sharing the podium with last year’s winner and this year’s co-winner, the Honda Odyssey. Families continue to appreciate Sienna’s smooth and refined ride, versatility and reliability. The available AWD adds to the feeling of security when road conditions are not at there best. As expected in a minivan, the interior is roomy and comfortable. Fuel efficiency from the standard V6 is good without sacrificing performance. There are a number of trim levels to choose from that run from sporty to full on luxury, so finding a model to meet your family needs shouldn’t be a problem. While the minivan segment continues to decline, it is still a favorite for many families who want to maximize space and versatility.

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2017 Best Retained Value - Compact Commercial Van

Nissan NV200

In its first year of eligibility, the NV200 took the top spot. Businesses love the compact package that delivers versatility, fuel-efficiency and maneuverability. For many businesses, a full-size van is too large for their needs. Understandably, while it gives up some cargo volume to those bigger offerings, it doesn’t suffer from a lack of cargo carrying volume with 122.7 cubic feet (3474 litres). For those whose businesses operate in urban areas, its compact dimensions are a real treat compared to larger traditional cargo vans. Though it isn’t the first in this growing segment, the NV200 has quickly become popular in both the new and used markets. It’s this popularity that helps keep its value and earned it a Canadian Black Book 2017 Best Retained Value Award.

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2017 Best Retained Value - Full-size Vans

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter*

For some, the Mercedes-Benz name may seem too lavish for a work van, the Sprinter should change this perception. The quality of its construction and materials are beyond what is expected in this segment. Interior room is vast with a low load floor and when equipped with the high roof, can accommodate someone 6’3” tall. With it’s diesel engine, Sprinter has the fuel-efficiency businesses look for and gives it a leg up on the competition. It may have a higher initial price than its rivals, but it remains popular on the used vehicle market and that keeps its value strong. And that earns Sprinter a Canadian Black Book 2017 Best Retained Value Award.

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2017 Best Retained Value - Small Pick-up

Toyota Tacoma*

This feisty truck is a perennial Best Retained Value award winner, eight times now, in this segment. There is a reason for that – buyers love them. Speak to anyone who has one and they are generally gushing with pride from owning one. Try and find a used one for sale and you’ll often be left wanting. The lore is, they are indestructible, well it is still a piece of equipment and as such you can break it but, you’ll likely have to do something extreme to do so. Adding to its durability, the cargo box is composite, rather than steel so even it doesn’t suffer the usual scrapes and dents which befall pickups often something that diminishes a truck’s value. With all types of configurations and engines there a size for most small truck buyers. It is also one of very few trucks on the market to offer a fuel efficient four-cylinder. While you can’t really consider a vehicle “investment grade” but if there was a truck to pin the expression to, it might be the Toyota Tacoma.

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2017 Best Retained Value - Full-Size Pick-up

Toyota Tundra*

Back-to-back-to-back-to-back...well, you get the notion – the Toyota Tundra continues its winning streak in the top spot of the full-size truck segment in the CBB Best Retained Value Awards for 2017. The Tundra offers plenty of what buyers are looking for, otherwise it wouldn’t keep appearing here. With plenty of box and cab length configurations, a powerful V8 and equipment levels from work-truck basic to the all-out luxurious Platinum there is a Tundra for most tastes and needs. Add in the typical Toyota reputation for durability and reliability and you have a recipe for a year-after-year award winner for retained value.

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