2010 Best Retained Value Awards

Canadian Black Book has released their 5th annual Retained Value Awards. This year the award examines 2006 models and winners have been chosen in 17 segments. These are determined from actual value retained from MSRP, measured over a 4 year period.

2010 Best Retained Value - Sub-Compact

Toyota Yaris

Every car buyer looks for similar attributes in their daily driver, comfort, economy and a little character and the Yaris provides all three of these. The combination of these traits has helped the Yaris retain value better than its competitors. Passengers will find a surprising amount of space, and on the highway, it is a relatively comfortable companion, not to mention exceptional on fuel.

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2010 Best Retained Value - Compact car

Mazda Mazda5

The Mazda5 is a bit of a visual trick, it offers much of the utility of a small van in a shell that is about the same size as its sister, the Mazda3. The sliding doors and disappearing rearmost seats are what appeals to would-be van buyers but the compact body and tidy handling add dose of car-like character that makes this a popular used buy.

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2010 Best Retained Value - Mid-size car

Subaru Outback

You could think of the Outback as a car suitable for most driveways in most of Canada - it's roomy, it's solidly constructed, and it\s all-heel-drive. As it turns out, it is a sought after vehicle because when they are offered in the used car market they are holding their value well. In 2006, the year named as the Retained Value winner, two body styles were offered a four-door sedan and a very useful wagon. Don't overlook the Outback it offers many things that suit our fair country with plenty of variants to handle whatever your specific needs may be.

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2010 Best Retained Value - Mid-size car

Honda Accord

A perennial top seller when new, the Accord proves to be a solid performer for retained value. The winning combination of Honda's reputation for quality and a configuration for almost any family makes this a great choice for used car buyers. The four-cylinder versions are smooth and powerful enough for most drivers and the V6 ups the power count to over 270 horsepower; more than most will need in a family car. A popular choice which helps it hold value well, and so it appear on the Retained Value award list.

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2010 Best Retained Value - Mid-size car

Volkswagen Passat

The Passat joins the Retained Value awards list as part of a three-way tie but for many drivers there is only one mid-size car, the Passat. The Passat delivers a driving experience that only a German car can offer, that solid feeling which starts from when you pull on the door handle and it continues on from there. In the Passat what sets it apart in the mid-size crowd is the fantastic interior material and build quality. Every surface is carefully considered and executed with precision in case the great driving experience wasn't enough already.

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2010 Best Retained Value - Full-Size Car

Toyota Avalon

The Toyota Avalon remains a well-kept secret in our opinion. While it may not set hearts racing with handling prowess or dramatic performance, that is missing the point. The Avalon is very spacious, remarkably quiet, and comes with that Toyota trademark quality. Although we say that it may not be the vehicle of choice for a day at the race track it offers more than enough acceleration and a cosseting ride. Definitely consider one if you are in the market for a used large-car.

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2010 Best Retained Value - Entry Luxury Car

Lexus IS F

Lexus has carved a niche out of the luxury segment by providing peerless customer service and we suspect that is one reason that the IS Series appears on our Retained Value awards list. Add to that two engine choices and two drivetrain offerings, rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive and you get a formula for a top choice in this segment. The IS250 AWD offers a balance of performance and all-weather capability that is both fun and reassuring. The IS350 is only offered in RWD but for the driving purist, that will be part of the appeal. Any of the IS variants will likely remain reliable companion for years to come.

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2010 Best Retained Value - Luxury Car

Audi A6

While the two cars are disparate in many ways the Toyota Avalon, which appears elsewhere in this list, and A6 are similar in that they often forgotten about - in both cases you may be selling them short. Audi is regularly noted as the target that other manufacturers use when they are styling and constructing their interiors, a compliment that is exemplified in the A6. Most of the used examples you will find also will be equipped with their legendary Quattro all-wheel-drive system. If you are in the market for a large luxury car add the A6 to your shopping list.

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2010 Best Retained Value - Luxury Car

BMW 5 Series

For many years the BMW 5 Series has been known as the driver's car of choice in this segment. It ties together excellent handling and a pliant ride in a way that other makers strive for. There are also plenty of variants to choose from the rear-wheel-drive 525i sedan, to the 530xi wagon, all the way up to the tire-shredding, 500hp M5. Regardless of the model, there is ample power and a relatively roomy cabin. If only we got the M5 wagon that would be pick of the litter for sure.

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2010 Best Retained Value - Premium Luxury Car

BMW 6 Series

Although the BMW 6 Series has been around since 2004 it remains an exclusive ride. Sales have been respectable but the market niche for premium coupes is small to begin with ensuring exclusivity. That exclusivity along with the striking design and stellar performance help the 6 Series make it onto the Retained Value award list. Sure you can't carry four kids and two dogs to Florida but that is exactly the point, it provides an intimate interior for two to travel in great luxury for long distances with more than ample performance, especially with the 500hp V10 M6.

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2010 Best Retained Value - Premium Luxury Car

Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

When the CLS entered the market for the 2006 model year it shocked the market with its coupe-like styling and four-door utility. Despite the four door body we would venture that no one purchased it for reasons relating to practicality, it was that sloping coupe roofline and assertive nose that pulled buyers. While the styling along makes it desirable, its Mercedes-Benz heritage and rich interior add even more appeal for a driver who wishes to have it all. Performance, prestige, and passionate design, that combination has made the CLS a Retained Value winner.

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2010 Best Retained Value - Sports Car

Mini Cooper

The Mini phenomenon continues, since the new Mini arrived in Canada people have been flocking to Mini showrooms. Those droves of people love the Mini for different reasons, for some it's a bit of nostalgia, for others it's a fashionable ride, and then there are also those who love it because of the chuckable handling and fizzy performance. Whatever you\'re looking for there is a combination of engines, paint schemes, and bodystyles to suit. The draw of the Mini has also helped produce some of the strongest Retained Values regardless of the segment.

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2010 Best Retained Value - Sports Car

Volkswagen GTI

When the fifth generation Golf arrived in North American it lost is Golf name in favour of the Rabbit name, the Golf returned with the sixth generation. It seems Rabbit GTI didn't have the same ring to it so GTI became its own model in North America. Regardless of what it was called, it was heralded as the return of the true VW GTI spirit - benchmark handling, great performance, useful as a daily driver, and a price tag that made it genuinely affordable. It is no surprise then to see it appear on the Retained Value awards list ask any GTI driver and they will tell you that there is great value baked into each one.

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2010 Best Retained Value - Premium Sports Car

Porsche 911 Carrera 2

For decades now the 911 has been the dream of many sports car enthusiasts, the vehicle to which many aspire to own. There is powerful charm that the 911 has, a charm that comes from several characteristics, the now classic silhouette, the flat six engine out back, and the glorious noise it makes is what has kept it so desirable. That desirability creates demand for a used 911 that is as strong or maybe stronger than when new, which is why it appears on the Retained Value award list. Even if it was not a top Retained Value Award winner, it would still be a highly sought after car.

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2010 Best Retained Value - Compact SUV

Toyota Rav4

Since the mid-90s the compact SUV market has exploded and now accounts for around 14 per cent of all vehicles sold in Canada, a remarkable thing considering not that long ago they were unheard of. The Rav4 was one of the pioneers of the segment and you can still see some of those originals soldiering on today on the roads. The Rav4 represents virtually everything Canadian buyers want, reliable transport that provides a high level of versatility and doing it without breaking the bank. Strong Retained Value is what put it on this list but there are plenty of reasons to put it on yours.

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2010 Best Retained Value - Mid-size SUV

Honda Pilot

Picking up where the CR-V leaves off is not an easy challenge, the CR-V is a four-cylinder only five-seater that has been a perennial top seller. The Pilot though has proven to buyers that it is the right machine for the job of playing the big brother. Offered in V6 4WD versions only until 2007, a FWD version was added then, it offered a step up in space, power, and seating room with space for seven. The Pilot also offered great ride comfort and for a larger vehicle very reasonable handling characteristics. Those traits and Honda's noteworthy history of quality have endeared buyers and helped it hold its value which is why it won the Retained Value award for this class.

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* Indicates top 3 finish in 2010

2010 Best Retained Value - Full-size SUV

Nissan Armada

When Nissan developed its full-size Titan pick-up the SUV variant was almost a given and so the Armada was born. In traditional full-size SUV style there is as much space inside as some condos offer and power enough to tow a condo tower around. The might of the Armada also provided a great towing package which is a must-have item in this segment. While the sheer size may repel some, the size and capability married to the stylish Armada body it proves to be combination that attracts buyers and so it holds its value better than most other competitors.

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2010 Best Retained Value - Full-size SUV

Toyota Sequoia

Like its Tundra platform-mate the Sequoia has come to be known as a very capable and tough vehicle while at the same time providing the driver with comfortable driving experience. When you drive the Sequoia you never completely forget that you are driving a very large vehicle but you will find that it never seems to feel unwieldy. The payback for the large exterior is a commodious interior with an ability to swallow large loads and because of its torquey V8 it will tow with ease. Like other Toyota trucks, the Sequoia is not a common site on used car lots and that relatively scarcity helps it find its way onto the Retained Value awards list.

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2010 Best Retained Value - Luxury SUV

Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Originally conceived largely as a military vehicle, the Mercedes-Benz Gelaendewagen was civilianized and civilized, relatively speaking when it began appearing in North America as the G Class. The robust character and sharp, upright lines are a clear indication of its lineage of a service vehicle but it has an interior that befits any other Mercedes-Benz and the ride tuned for confident comfort. It is still virtually unstoppable in off-road situations and offers two engine variants, both V8s, and the G55 AMG is lunatic fast. The G-Class is a unique choice in the luxury SUV segment and that is one of the reasons we find it on the Retained Value awards list.

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2010 Best Retained Value - Minivan

Honda Odyssey

When shopping for a minivan many people are looking for the largest box with the most comfort that can fit into the family budget. With the Odyssey you get plenty of space with simple, timeless looks and Honda's sterling reputation of quality, reliability, and dependability. In the Odyssey you get the typical minivan features, rear seats which fold into the floor - something pioneered by Honda back in the nineties, a multitude of drink holders, optional DVD, and so on. There is also a fairly powerful V6 on duty matched to chassis that provides a comfortable ride and handling that is top of the class.

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2010 Best Retained Value - Large Van

Dodge Sprinter 3500 Vans

The Dodge Sprinter, nee Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and now again Mercedes-Benz for 2010, represents the best of breed when it comes to cargo and people hauling. Offered in a dizzying array of wheelbase, roof height, and window combinations the Sprinter can be infinitely tweaked to suit any application. The only engine offered was a Diesel that, while not necessary fast provided linear power and great fuel-efficiency. The Sprinters do not often come onto the market and when they do they are not inexpensive because of the known durability making it the winner for the Retained Value award in its class.

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2010 Best Retained Value - Small Pick-up

Toyota Tacoma

With the incentives on full-size trucks in recent years many buyers may have overlooked the capable and more reasonably sized mid-sized truck alternatives. The Tacoma embodies everything that Toyota trucks have become known for, search "Top Gear Toyota Hilux" on YouTube and you'll see why. Unless you are intending on pulling huge load the Tacoma offers everything that a pick-up should, utility, versatility, and durability all the while using less of everything that a full-size offering uses. This is why it appears on the Retained Value awards list but good luck finding one available though, demand is very high in the used market.

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2010 Best Retained Value - Large Pick-up

Toyota Tundra

Like its smaller Tacoma stable-mate, the Tundra shares the legendary Toyota truck ruggedness offering owners a long-lasting ride that may lack some of multitudes of engine/body/box combinations that the North American brands offer but there are enough Tundra variants to satisfy most buyers. The most difficult part of owning a Tundra will be, like the Tacoma, finding one available.

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