CanadianBlackBook.com presents the winners of our 2014 "Best Retained Value" Awards. This year we measured 2010 model year vehicles, in 19 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

2014 Best Retained Value - Sub-compact car

Honda Fit*

A third straight year in the lead position for the sub-compact segment, the Honda Fit represents all that makes for a great runabout. It has storage capability that would make some mid-size SUVs blush, with a back seat that performs acrobatic moves to swallow just about anything you can dream of. The Fit also has what we can describe as tidy handling, a well-built interior, even if some of the materials are on the thrifty side but this is a sub-compact so we shouldn't expect a Rolls-Royce. The engine while wee is up to the job and has real-world fuel economy that is the reward for sometimes wishing for a little more power. It also brings Swiss watch levels of reliability. The worst thing about the Fit is the difficulty you might have finding a used one on a dealer's lot.

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2014 Best Retained Value - Compact car

Toyota Prius*

Last year the Prius made a splash by being the first hybrid to win a CBB Retained Value Award. Well, now it is the first hybrid to win back-to-back. No small accomplishment when you consider this segment is Canada's most hard fought. The Prius has really come into its own the first couple of generations were admirable vehicles that were purchased by those looking to help save the world and reduce their fuel bills but they demanded you comprise some comforts to do so. The third generation changed that with a roomy cabin, plenty of creature comforts available and legendary fuel economy. With all of those attributes and Toyota's solid reputation you have the makings of a repeat Retained Value Award winner.

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2014 Best Retained Value - Mid-size car

Subaru Outback*

Now a five time winner, the Outback continues to exemplify what Canadians love in a vehicle. For starters, it has Subaru's well known all-wheel-drive system, often a top reason for purchase - no surprise given our wintery weather. Then there is the fact it is a wagon, we Canadians like to get as many cubic metres of space for our dollar as we can, the Outback meets that criterion too. Plenty of space and a well-appointed interior with a reputation for being a reliable choice - no surprise to see the Outback pulling in another CBB award this year.

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2014 Best Retained Value - Full-size car

Toyota Avalon

After taking a year off last year, the Avalon is back to take home another CBB Retained Value Award. The Avalon could be described as the quintessential full-size car, it has a great ride that does not come at the expense of handling; not to say you'll mistake it for a sports car but that would be missing the point. Inside the cabin there is ample space to get comfortable for a long drive and a trunk that can easily handle four golf bags. A reliable 3.5 litre V6 powers the Avalon, offering performance that will satisfy daily driving and more. The Avalon offers a great value but you might find it difficult to get your hands on one, until recently they sold in small numbers and dealers tell us they disappear shortly after being traded-in. If you find one, you're getting comfy companion in it for the long-run.

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2014 Best Retained Value - Entry Luxury Car

BMW 1 Series*

Back for another win, the 1 Series continues to hold its value well. For those looking for compact sports car there is plenty to like about the 1 Series. First there is styling that while not retro is reminiscent of the BMW 2002, not a bad thing. Then there is the handling that BMW is well known for, it is great fun to take out to your favourite twisty road on a Sunday morning for a blast before everyone's awake. Inside, the cabin is snug, no question, but then again most 1 Series are not going to be purchased for family-hauling duty so that's not a make or break for this car. Power comes from one of two inline six engines, both fun, but it's the 135 that brings the big power with some instrumented tests showing sub-five second 0-100 km/hour times. A fun little car that holds buyers' interest and so it holds its value keeping it tops on our awards list.

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2014 Best Retained Value - Luxury Car

Lexus GS Series*

There are some cars that just seem to remain under the radar, for whatever reason, and the Lexus GS was one of those cars. The GS in its various guises offered an interesting alternative to the German sedans that to most buyers accept as the default buys in this segment. They are missing out on a car that brings many great characteristics, peerless build quality, good performance, flawless reliability and plenty of luxury features on models with some of the more premium packages. The GS has never really sold in numbers like its competitors but that is part of its appeal, as sense of exclusivity, you won't see one every other block which as a luxury item is generally positive. That rarity along with all of the notable characteristics mentioned has all the makings of a three time CBB Retained Value Award winner.

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2014 Best Retained Value - Premium Luxury Car

Porsche Panamera

With the launch of the Panamera there was some outcry from the Porsche fans who felt it was a blasphemous car, for several reasons, not least the fact it has four doors. The Panamera has allowed Porsche to pull in new buyers who might have opted for a more typical choice in the segment. However the Panamera is an interesting alternative too, it offers most of the cabin space, its rivals do but it comes wrapped in a package that looks enough like a 911 in profile to set it apart. We would be missing half of the story if we didn't mention the performance, it is a Porsche after all. With horsepower numbers opening at 400 and up to 500 with the Turbo, sprints to speeds that will end you up in trouble with your local constable are quickly discovered. And even though this is such a large sedan, don't take it for granted that it might not handle like a Porsche because you will be pleasantly surprised. The Panamera has all the makings of a retained value leader and so it is no surprise to see it land at the top of the podium this year.

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2014 Best Retained Value - Sports Car

Dodge Challenger*

There has been a flourish of retro inspired muscle cars coming from Detroit in the last few years, the Challenger is one example. Like any good reproduction of an original it captures all of the right elements that people remember the Challengers of old for and brings it up to today's spec. The formula must be working because for the third year straight the Challenger has reigned supreme in this segment. The combination of muscle car looks and performance including the whiplash-inducing SRT-8 model with a 6.1 litre V8 good for 425 horsepower make for a tempting package. Today those who held onto their 1970 Challenger are well aware they appreciated in value, while the current generation hasn't appreciated there has been enough interest to keep value strong. That is why we see Challenger back for its third win.

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2014 Best Retained Value - Premium Sports Car

Porsche Boxster*

Runners-up

Winning this segment is a real achievement because this is where all of the poster cars are, a poster car is one that every young boy has hanging on his wall. There's a long list of contenders but the Boxster brings a strong package that epitomises sports car. It offers great handling thanks in part to its rather unique powerful mid-mounted engine that helps provide better balance. That engine puts the power down via the rear-wheels which is what enthusiasts look for. Naturally, being a drop-top and a two-seater adds to the sports car appeal. All told, the Boxster has what used car buyers are looking for keeping values strong and making it a CBB Retained Value Award winner.

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2014 Best Retained Value - Compact SUV

Jeep Wrangler*

Back for a fourth straight year the Wrangler keeps proving that the decision to add two more (removable) doors to the rugged, go-anywhere Wrangler was a very smart idea. When the four-door version was launched there was some who questioned who would buy it. Well the answer is, anyone who can find one. Chrysler has increased the production several times since this generation was launched and there is still a shortage at times and in the used market they fly of the shelf. There is something very exciting about getting into a truck that you know can take you just about anywhere a vehicle can and it is the only vehicle on the market that you take the roof and doors off and go for groceries - or up a mountainside. That rugged appeal has helped the Wrangler secure another trophy from us a and place in many hearts.

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2014 Best Retained Value - Mid-size SUV

Toyota FJ Cruiser*

Rugged and ready, those are the looks of the FJ Cruiser, it definitely does not disappear into the background. While we haven't had it off-roading we're told that it can handle legitimate mud-running duties too. The FJ also seems to have developed quite a group of devotees with plenty of accounts on the internet about where they've taken their FJ and what it got them through to get there. The interior lives up to macho exterior with a look that is form following function but that is what the FJ is after all, an SUV that lives up to the promise made by its looks. A great off-roader built by the quality experts at Toyota no wonder it is back for a win again this year.

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2014 Best Retained Value - Full-size SUV

Toyota Sequoia*

Toyota trucks seem to do particularly well in the CBB Retained Value Awards and the Sequoia is no exception, back for its fourth straight win. There are many reasons why the Sequoia's charm continues to keep demand high and by extension, values too. Ask anyone buying one of these full-size SUVs why they buy it and very often you'll hear towing capacity and interior room and the Sequoia has those bases covered; you don't really need a horse trailer, you can probably fit one inside. Joking aside, there is an abundance of ability in the Sequoia, comfortable ride, plenty of creature comforts and the comfort of Toyota reliability. The complete package, based on four consecutive wins.

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2014 Best Retained Value - Compact Luxury SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Making its debut for the 2010 model year the GLK has become a common site in many parts of the country, proving to be a very popular model for Mercedes-Benz. The upright styling gives the look of an SUV but the ride and handling definitely are more car-like. That said we once had an opportunity to drive a GLK through an off-road course and it handled it fine. Being a Mercedes-Benz brings with it certain expectations of solidity and luxury and the GLK provides both. That reassuring noise it makes when the doors close and the quality of the leather, when so equipped, is wonderful and the list goes on. The GLK is many things to many people and that is one reason we have such strong prices in the used market, and that is why it wins this award.

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2014 Best Retained Value - Mid-size Luxury SUV

Land Rover LR4

If you have first-hand experience with off-roading or know someone who does, then you may already know that the LR4 is a genuine star when the pavement ends. It will climb hills, ford rivers, and bog through more mud than a luxury vehicle should. There is a something special about the LR4 and that is shared by two other winners in other SUVs segments, you know when you walk up to it in the morning that if you decide to play hooky and make a right down a dirt track you can and you will make back no matter what comes in between. It should be added that all of this is accomplished while wrapped in beautiful smelling English leather. In everyday use the LR4 can make you forget that you're driving a real off-road machine and if you go off-roading you could easily forget you are doing it in a luxury vehicle.

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2014 Best Retained Value - Full-size Luxury SUV

Hummer H2

It may surprise you to see the Hummer H2 winning awards, after all the brand was discontinued but keep in mind this award is for 2010 models, which co-incidentally is the year that Hummer was discontinued. There is a very loyal and dedicated following for Hummers and the H2 is a vehicle that is in very short supply and based on their values, very much in demand. The appeal might be lost on many but for those who love it they would have nothing else. So as long as there is a market and limited supply the H2 will likely continue to earn a price premium.

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2014 Best Retained Value - Minivan

Honda Odyssey*

Minivans are still very much part of the Canadian landscape, even if they have fallen somewhat off the radar in the US. We still love getting lots of cubic metres of space for our buck. They still serve a lot of needs, grocery runs, trips to the rink, and family trips would be much different if we did them without three rows of seats and space to haul in the back. Minivans are the Jekyll and Hyde of vehicles, since we would need a car and a pick-up to cover what the trusty minivan does for us. Seeing the Sienna at the top of the list this year tells us it does all of those things well enough to be sought after in the used car market, and that helps keep values strong.

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2014 Best Retained Value - Full-size Vans

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

The Sprinter is a perennial winner in these awards but this is its first year under the Mercedes Benz banner. It was 2010 that saw the return of the Sprinter to Mercedes-Benz from the Dodge brand which sold it for the first seven years it was offered in Canada. No matter the name on the back it remains a winner. The Sprinter was the first European style van offered in Canada, Euro-style vans are notable because they offer various roof heights to expand the usable space inside and it allows for enough height to stand up inside. Pair that versatility with a diesel engine that is frugal versus its competition that focused mainly on gasoline powered V8s and you have package that commercial buyers fall over themselves for, both new and used. Sprinters are remarkable in their value retention and they are a rare find in the used markets keeping prices high and helping it win another CBB Retained Value Award.

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2014 Best Retained Value - Small Pick-up

Toyota Tacoma*

There is an elite group of vehicles that have won five CBB Retained Value Awards and the Tacoma is one of those vehicles. The Tacoma is something of a marvel when it comes to holding its value as a used vehicle. It is a stand-out in a small segment with seemingly a cult following. One trip to the mountains in BC will prove that, where it seems like every third vehicle is Tacoma with mountain bikes hanging out the back. But its appeal extends beyond the outdoorsy types to those who want a truck but realise that even today's half-tons are more truck than they really need. With four- and six-cylinder engines available and several cab types, with or without four-wheel-drive the Tacoma offers all sorts of variants to satisfy the smaller segment of the truck spectrum. It definitely has all that people are looking for in a truck but in a smaller package.

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2014 Best Retained Value - Full-Size Pick-up

Toyota Tundra*

When it comes to the CBB Retained Value Awards, Toyota has had a lock on pick-ups. The Tundra is back for its fifth straight win like it small brother the Tacoma. While there may be other trucks that sell in greater numbers the Tundra has done a good job of carving out a niche of its own in one of the most fiercely loyal segments of the car business. The Tundra offers plenty of choices for buyers with regular cab, double cab, and the huge CrewMax, which if you aren't aware, has more interior space than some Vancouver condos. There was also the requisite choice of engines from a 4.0 liter V6 up to a 5.7 litre V8. 2010 saw some exterior styling tweaks and the first Platinum versions were offered, upping the luxury features. All in all, the Tundra has a combination of goods that make it a five time winner.

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