CanadianBlackBook.com presents the winners of our 2016 "Best Retained Value" Awards. This year we measured 2012 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

2016 Best Retained Value - Sub-compact Car

Honda Fit*

Another year. Another win. For the fifth consecutive year, the Honda Fit has won in the sub-compact segment. Fit continues its dominance by delivering durability and reliability in a fuel-efficient, flexible package. With interior space that belies its compact exterior, Fit swallows up people and cargo like much bigger vehicles. Its adaptable rear seats flip and fold to handle almost anything you’d care to carry. Used car buyers continue to appreciate Fit’s total package and that adds up to a strong resale value and another CBB Retained Value Award.

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2016 Best Retained Value - Compact Car

Toyota Prius V

Winning in one of Canada’s most competitive segments is impressive. For 2016 the Prius v continues the winning streak for the Prius family, with the Prius hatch winning for the past three years. With all of the eco-friendly attributes you expect from a hybrid, Prius v adds the space and flexibility of a wagon. Sleek styling, fuel efficiency in an easy to live with package has placed the Prius v at the top of the CBB Best Retained Value list. It’s that kind of demand that keeps putting Prius at the top of the list when it comes to retaining its value and also when it comes to naming the 2016 Best Retained Value winner.

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2016 Best Retained Value - Mid-size Car

Toyota Camry

In a category that has been won by its competitors in past years, Camry has broken through for 2016. 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 favorite 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 2016.

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2016 Best Retained Value - Full-size Car

Dodge Charger*

If you need four doors, you don’t have to give up having a sporty, stylish ride. Charger styling is evocative of the muscle car coupe that was a major player back in the hay-day of American muscle cars. Charger also comes with a variety of engine options from a V6 with decent fuel economy to some very powerful V8 models which can add to the sporty, fun-to-drive aspect some buyers are looking for. Domestic manufacturers are making a strong push in the retained value awards and for 2016, the Dodge Charger has made its way to the top.

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2016 Best Retained Value - Entry Luxury Car

Volvo XC70*

Families looking for space, comfort, utility and the security 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 2016.

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2016 Best Retained Value - Luxury Car

Audi A7

Runners-up

Last year Audi won this category with the A5. This year the A5 is moved to second seat in favour of the A7. Desire for coupe like styling in a four door luxury package is the current trend and the A7 was one of the pioneers. 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 2016.

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2016 Best Retained Value - Premium Luxury Car

Porsche Panamera*

Aping 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, the crest on the front doesn’t hurt either.

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2016 Best Retained Value - Sports Car

Dodge Challenger*

Runners-up

A repeat winner, the 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 keep looking to get ahold of keeping used prices high and pushing it to win again in 2016.

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2016 Best Retained Value - Premium Sports Car

Porsche Cayman*

Different in character to its iconic big brother, the 911, the Cayman makes you feel like a driver worthy of a championship title even if you’re a mediocre, ham-fisted hack. The mid-engine set-up is largely to thank for that feeling because it centralizes the mass better than a front- or rear-mounted engine and the effect on handling is tremendous. If you’re not into the technical reasons why the Cayman is a winner, you will certainly appreciate its low-slung sports car looks. No family car pretense here either, it’s strictly a two seater. On the move you hear the sweat sounds of the engine behind you, feel the road beneath you through your hands and your backside – how a sports car should feel. All in, it has a combination of things to help it pull off a Retained Value Award win for 2016.

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2016 Best Retained Value - Compact SUV

Jeep Wrangler*

An all-time record has been set this year by the Wrangler, not only did it retain more than other compact SUVs, not only was it the highest retained value of any vehicle this year, it had the highest we have seen for any vehicle in this competition, ever, 79% after four years. The demand for Wrangler seems to grow hourly, both new and used but finding a used Wrangler is like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack. The Wrangler’s go-anywhere attitude, speaks to buyers who want a fun-to-drive, versatile machine that will make school runs and traverse mountain passes with equal success not a common trait. While it doesn’t quite appreciate in value, with depreciation as low this, it might look like safe alternative to the stock market.

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2016 Best Retained Value - Mid-size SUV

Toyota FJ Cruiser*

After a year in second place, beaten by its cousin the Toyota 4Runner, the FJ Cruiser is back in the top spot for 2016. While its off-road capabilities are not likely to be tested by most drivers, the iconic looks let everyone know it means business. Those looks are not for everyone but there are a number of buyers who flock to it and since the FJ was sold in limited numbers, they really clamber for them in the used market. 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 mudder that keeps it together for long-haul and so it is back for another Best Retained Value Award.

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2016 Best Retained Value - Full-size SUV

Toyota Sequoia*

It could be said, the Sequoia is merely a Toyota Tundra pick-up with some extra metal grafted on the back. While not untrue, it does sell 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 prioritizes its occupants; the Tundra too but differently. It should be noted, like the Tundra, the Sequoia shines in the trailering department and if you happen upon a horse show you’ll likely find it there with a couple of ponies in tow. In the end, it has an appeal that helps keep it winning Best Retained Value awards year-after-year.

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2016 Best Retained Value - Compact Luxury SUV

Audi Q5*

The Q5 returns to the top of its segment for 2016 following-up on last year’s win. 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 2016.

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2016 Best Retained Value - Mid-size Luxury SUV

Porsche Cayenne*

Not the only Porsche topping this year Retained Value Awards, there are two other model to be found as winner and another in a runner-up position, no surprise when you consider the fabled brand’s following. 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. 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 used buyers desire and so it is back in 2016 for another Retained Value Award.

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2016 Best Retained Value - Full-size Luxury SUV

Audi Q7

Often mistaken for being a size down the Q7 is very much a full-size SUV, stretching out over five metres long. That size is obviously well concealed by Audi’s trademark well-proportioned styling. Like other Audis, there is very little that is flashy about the exterior styling, this helps to keep it from aging visually. Also characteristic of Audi, the interior styling and quality is among the best there is in the class. While on the road drivers are treated to very good dynamics for such are large and relatively weighty vehicle and passengers will find the ride pleasant and quiet. The combination seems to be one which used buyers are looking for and keeping prices strong helping the Q7 rise to the top of its segment for 2016.

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2016 Best Retained Value - Minivan

Honda Odyssey*

The Odyssey is back for another year at the top of the minivan ranks. There are still plenty of buyers who want a minivan. The stigma that minivans exist in a lower social 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.

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2016 Best Retained Value - Compact Commercial Van

Ford Transit Connect*

Runners-up

The Transit Connect was a niche vehicle when it arrived. Compact commercial vans were more or less unheard of except for those which had been converted from minivan duty by some brands. The Transit Connect was a purpose built cargo hauler with compact dimensions. For those frequently in city centres those compact dimensions are a real treat compared to larger traditional cargo vans. Understandably it gives up some cargo volume to those bigger offerings, it doesn’t suffer from a lack of cargo carrying volume, there’s plenty of hauling room. This trend-setter has proved to be popular enough to spur other brands to following in its footsteps and offer compact commercial vans. For now this one sits at the top of charts for retained value though.

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2016 Best Retained Value - Full-size Vans

Nissan NV Van

Nissan was a relative late-comer to the full-size van market and like many truck buyers, van drivers are often creatures of habit, “I’ve always driven Brand X, I’ll keep driving them.” But Nissan has clearly resonated within the drivers in this segment. Introduced as a 2012 model, the year we cover with this year’s awards, the NV Vans are eligible for the first time this year to win and they have. No small feat. Not necessarily ground-breaking in concept, the NV instead wisely follows the path blazed by others by including the usual van utility and adding rooves with enough height to stand up inside. For those in and out of the van many times a day, as those in the trades are, this is an indispensable feature. Add in the gutsy V8 offered elsewhere in the Nissan line-up and a winner is born.

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2016 Best Retained Value - Small Pick-up

Toyota Tacoma*

The Tacoma is a perennial Best Retained Value award winner, seven 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 Tacoma.

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2016 Best Retained Value - Full-Size Pick-up

Toyota Tundra*

Back-to-back-to-back-to-back...well, you get the notion – the Tundra continues its streak in the top spot of the full-size truck segment in the CBB Best Retained Value Awards for 2016. 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 an award winner.

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