CanadianBlackBook.com presents the winners of our 2015 "Best Retained Value" Awards. This year we measured 2011 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

2015 Best Retained Value - Sub-compact car

Honda Fit*

Runners-up

Back at the top of the list for the fourth straight year the Honda Fit does what is says on the label – it fits into what many people look for in a small car and then some. Being from Honda it serves up durability and reliability. Being a sub-compact it is by nature, fuel efficient. What it does better than most, if not all of its competitors, it swallows more people and cargo than it should, given its dimensions. The flipping and folding act the rear seat does could earn it a role with Cirque du Soleil, there is not a better contortionist imitation in the automotive world. A package that used car buyers are looking for and that helps keep values strong and make it CBB award winner again this year.

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2015 Best Retained Value - Compact car

Toyota Prius*

The first hybrid vehicle to appear on our Best Retained Value Award list was the Prius, which was an accomplishment because these awards do not isolate alternative power vehicles into their own separate segment – they have to duke it out with the core of the market. The Prius performs admirably in many ways, expectedly, when it comes to eco-friendly side of equation it is a strong contender. To win this category, the dominate one in the Canadian market, the winner needs to be more than a fuel sipper and, it most certainly is. There is ample space inside to fill all the roles a family-car needs to and so it is not a surprise to find it at the top of the class again for 2015.

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2015 Best Retained Value - Mid-size car

Subaru Outback*

The Subaru Outback has been a perennial winner on the Best Retained Value Award list – back for its sixth year. The Outback blends the top must-haves for Canadians – all-wheel-drive, wagon body-style with loads of cargo space, and lots room for occupants as well. All-wheel-drive is big today, we are all aware of the advantages it brings and Subaru was a forerunner in this world. Today Subaru is the only mainstream brand that makes it standard on all of their cars. The affection for the higher traction of all-wheel-drive and the Outback being one of the only offerings helps keep it a winner.

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2015 Best Retained Value - Full-size car

Toyota Avalon*

The Avalon returns to the Best Retained Value Award list. The Avalon is not necessarily the most common vehicle on the road but it does have presence in our Best Retained Value Award list. It has won several times before and the reason it appears this year is no different than years past. It has a wonderfully comfortable cabin, a refined ride, and quality that has earned it the moniker of “baby Lexus” in some circles. Well it is not a baby, it is most certainly a full-size car, one that has all of the trademarks needed for those long road trips – putting plenty of kilometres under the tires and making you feel like you never left your favourite chair.

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2015 Best Retained Value - Entry Luxury Car

Lexus CT200h

Once upon a time the CT200h’s corporate cousin, the Toyota Prius, broke through the ranks of the compact car segment to be the first-ever hybrid to win a CBB Best Retained Value award. The CT200h has done the same for the luxury ranks being the first luxury hybrid to win. The CT200h makes its mark by having a fairly unique bodystyle, for a luxury car, the Canadian-pleasing hatchback but it also has a certain style that sets it apart from the more workaday hatches we see every day. The CT also is laced with luxury features, as you would expect to find in a Lexus. It also comes with the legendary Lexus service experience – speak to a Lexus driver and they’ll tell you what it means. Bundle all of those characteristics with the fact that you’re driving a hybrid and it is easy to see why the CT200h tops the list for 2015.

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2015 Best Retained Value - Luxury Car

Audi A5

The A5 as a luxury car brought about some discussion at the CBB offices – isn’t it a sports car? There is no denying the RS5 is a fire-breathing animal of a sports car. The A5 and its powered-up twin, the S5, take a more refined approach to life than a traditional sports car. The A5 offers great handling and performance that will exceed most people’s daily needs but it is delivered more in the vein of a luxury car. After a trip in an A5 you might have put your foot into and had some grins along the way but you might have just as easily done the drive with all of the speed needed but no drama, you can have it both ways. No wonder it walks away with top honours in the CBB luxury car category for 2015.

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2015 Best Retained Value - Premium Luxury Car

Porsche Panamera*

Every car-lover has dreams of having a Porsche someday. Most of us never dreamt we might have one that could do double duty as a family hauler until the Panamera came along. Over the decades Porsche had played with long-wheel-base 911 concept cars, the 928 was something of a four-seater, even the Cayenne went some way to become the “family” Porsche. It wasn’t until they pulled the wraps off of the Panamera that we had the four-door sports car that can also be a luxury car. Last year the Panamera took home the top spot in this segment and the scarce supply and many shoppers looking for one as a used buy have helped keep it at the top of the ranks and for 2015.

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2015 Best Retained Value - Sports Car

Dodge Challenger*

Muscle cars – there is something about the rumbling roar of a V8 that just cannot be beat. There is not a red-blooded enthusiast who can resist blipping the throttle, even if just standing in a parking lot. Throw in some bright paint work, a jacked-up stereo, and warm summer afternoon and you have your own muscle car revival. The Challenger fits all of the criteria for being a sports car, sure there is a V6 if you happen to fancy the muscle-car look but not the fuel bill but really, why not go for the V8? Throw-back styling, modern mechanicals and baby-boomers looking to relive their youth all help keep the Challenger on Best Retained Value awards list for 2015.

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2015 Best Retained Value - Premium Sports Car

Porsche Boxster*

Mid-engine – check, convertible top – check, Porsche badge – check. The Boxster is back in 2015 with another win in the CBB premium sports car category. No surprise because in many ways it is the quintessential sports cars, performance, sexy looks, and a sports car pedigree that spans the ages. There are many Boxster variants to consider but, they all have one thing in common that makes it unique, the mid-engine configuration. That set-up really makes the Boxster handle brilliantly, it makes even the most ham-fisted poseur look better than he is. No matter your driving skill level, there is no end to the fun in a Boxster. No wonder it ranks highly again for 2015.

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2015 Best Retained Value - Compact SUV

Jeep Wrangler*

The Wrangler continues to lead the pack in the compact SUV segment when it comes to the CBB Best Retained Value awards, it has held the title for a number of years now. While many of them spend their time on pavement there is a certain something about knowing you can veer off down a muddy tract, maybe ford a stream and come out the other side as though you never left the pavement. Not many vehicles in this segment, or any other for that matter can pull that off. The rugged looks are definitely a trademark of the Wrangler one that has been built over the decades and it is definitely part of why this SUV continues to top the CBB awards ranks. If you ask anyone that drives a Wrangler the look is one of the biggest reasons to buy, it is just plain cool and since the addition of two rear doors it can handle the school run too. Fun to drive, iconic looks, and go-anywhere capability have made the Wrangler a winner again for 2015.

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2015 Best Retained Value - Mid-size SUV

Toyota 4Runner*

The mid-size SUV segment has seen an upset for 2015! Although it is one Toyota over another, in fact Toyota has all three top spot in this segment, FJ Cruiser in second place, followed by the Highlander. All three very different in character, the FJ is a butch off-roader, the Highlander a refined on-roader and the 4Runner very much straddles the two worlds. The 4Runner has been in the Toyota line-up for ages, it was one of the first compact SUVs, before we even had a name for them. Over time it has grown in size but it has also kept a clear focus, it has all of the capability need to go off road but at the same time it will be a comfortable companion on a long road trip with the family. Back that up with the Toyota quality story and we can understand why it has ascended to the top of the segment for the 2015 CBB awards.

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2015 Best Retained Value - Full-size SUV

Toyota Sequoia*

The Sequoia, a many time winner of this award is back for 2015. The full-size SUV segment is a mystery to many people, “Who would drive one of those?” A question asked by those who probably aren’t hauling trailers, a family, and a tonne of gear – all at once. These drivers are often committed hobbyists who are into something big, horses, cottaging, or the like. The Sequoia is a trusted member of the crew needed to get everyone and everything where it needs to be. With a cargo area that could double as a Manhattan apartment and powerful V8 to get things moving, all backed by the Toyota badge there no surprise why this winning full-size SUV is back at the top of the charts for 2015.

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2015 Best Retained Value - Compact Luxury SUV

Audi Q5

If there was a segment in the auto industry that is “trending,” to use an obnoxious modern phrase, it would be the compact luxury SUV. It was the mid-2000s when this segment started to emerge and since the start of this decade the cadence of new arrivals has been endless. The Q5 arrived in Canada first as a 2009 model and since then has been a regular favourite among buyers. With Audi’s trademark restrained styling, the Q5 has been grown to be a sought after used vehicle as evidenced by this award. Styling alone does not make it an award winner though, thoughtful packaging that provides a comfortable interior with a size that make is perfect for the urban jungle – the most jungle the SUVs in the segment will likely see. Regardless of the routes taken, there are plenty of drivers who would like a Q5 and for that reason, and those above, it makes its debut in the CBB Best Retained Value awards.

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2015 Best Retained Value - Mid-size Luxury SUV

Porsche Cayenne*

Porsches are laser-guided, track-ready, sports cars that are pavement lovers – unless it is the Cayenne. In that case it happens to be a luxurious SUV that can show off at the track, embarrassing many cars and then wade through mud and water that would stop plenty of SUVs. Don’t believe it, check out the videos posted on the internet and you will soon see it is a very capable machine. It also manages to be the most versatile Porsche on offer, the Panamera has four seats but the Cayenne can also tow a trailer and lug plenty of gear inside too. With performance levels that range from quick to outright fast, the Cayenne certainly keeps the Porsche performance heritage alive. No wonder it is a 2015 CBB Best Retained Value award winner.

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2015 Best Retained Value - Full-size Luxury SUV

Mercedes-Benz G-Class*

There are few companies that could take a military vehicle and turn it into something celebs want to turn up at red carpet functions with but Mercedes-Benz has. The G-Class was the Gelaendewagen, loosely translated from German, Gelaendewagen is “cross country vehicle” and it will definitely crossed a lot of country before the Jonas brothers owned one. In AMG form it is preposterously fast and surprisingly sure footed on the road, not that you would pick it for your day at the track but that is not the point. If you need to go over a mountain to reach the track, now you have your ride. The military roots are not evident in the interior, other than the nearly vertical windshield, otherwise, it is dressed up in accordance with Mercedes-Benz standards. A past winner, the G-Class is back at the top of its class after a break from the list and its larger-than-life nature no doubt help it return.

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2015 Best Retained Value - Minivan

Honda Odyssey*

A repeat winner, the Odyssey provides many people, mostly families, with what they need – practicality – minivans are the embodiment of practicality. There has been plenty written about the “demise” of the minivan but they still sell reasonably well because vehicles like the Odyssey have a place in the lives of those who haul hockey bags, ballet dancers, etc., etc. The Odyssey was an innovator among minivans, first to have the third-row seats fold into the floor and a centre seat for the middle row that could be tucked into the floor for those occasions when eight seats are needed. This adaptable nature coupled with a brand that many seek out because of its heritage of quality help it hold on to the number one place in the CBB minivan category.

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2015 Best Retained Value - Compact Commercial Van

Ford Transit Connect

When the Transit Connect appeared in Canada a gap in the market was filled where many did not see one existing. The appeal is clear now not every business wants nor needs a full-size van, for someone delivering flowers they don’t require the load-lugging strength and for someone who regularly parks underground many large vans simply won’t fit. This format of vans has been popular in Europe for many years, they are everywhere there. A testament to their manoeuverability and being flexible enough haul around the paraphernalia needed by a commercial user but, it also drives much like a car. Those are traits that translate into any market. Today there are more offerings in this segment and more slated to arrive which speaks to the need for this type of van. Transit Connect will have more competition in the future but for now it is tops in resale for the small van market.

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2015 Best Retained Value - Full-size Vans

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter*

Often commercial vehicles blend into the landscape for those of us who aren’t reliant upon them but for those who need them the Sprinter is the one to have. While they are considered pricy when new, compared to the competition, there is no denying the money is well spent looking at the retained value. There are many positives things about the Sprinter, all-diesel line-up, many lengths and heights on offer and a reputation for being reliable. It is a Mercedes-Benz after all, often associated with luxury but they are also builders of very long-lasting vehicles. The roof height is what made the Sprinter a bit of superhero in the van world when it launched, no longer did one need to crouch to get inside. That may not sound like much those who sit at a desk all day but imagine if you had to crouch through the halls of your office –this is why van drivers love it. Back at the top of the list again for 2015, the Sprinter continues to deliver in the used van market too.

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2015 Best Retained Value - Small Pick-up

Toyota Tacoma*

Sunrise, sunset, and Tacoma winning the CBB Best Retained Value award – these are things that seem certain in life. The Tacoma has been blessed with genes that make it one of the toughest vehicles on the road. Anyone who has a Tacoma swears by them, they get banged up and bashed about but no matter how neglected they may be, they still keep performing and rarely do you find a used Tacoma on the open market, they are seemingly sold in clandestine markets somewhere. It must be the combination of being a “just right” size, with engines that are quite efficient for trucks, and that legendary durability that keeps people looking for them. That desirability and limited supply help keep prices strong so even if you have to pay dearly you should have some confidence your investment is protected.

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2015 Best Retained Value - Full-Size Pick-up

Toyota Tundra*

The Tundra has been on the full-size truck scene for many years now and while it might not sell in the numbers of the domestic competition that might help its depreciation cause. There is never a glut of Tundras on the market, they have more than enough capability for the everyday pick-up driver and they have that Toyota reputation. Whether you need a regular cab without 4X4 or you want the hulking Crew Max loaded with Platinum package there is a version for most needs and wants. As mentioned there are never many available at any given time and the great reputation Toyota brings helps to keep the Tundra as number one again for 2015.

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