Canadian Black Book is pleased to present the winners of our 2013 Retained Value Awards. This year we examine 2009 model year vehicles, now four years old, in nineteen categories. The awards are calculated by looking at the 1 January 2013 Canadian Black Book values and comparing them to the original MSRP of the vehicle. Prizes are awarded to those vehicles that hold the highest percentage value of the original MSRP.

2013 Best Retained Value - Sub-compact car

Honda Fit*

Runners-up

The Fit returns for its second consecutive win. Although a little more costly upfront versus some competitors, the Fit offers a couple of features that help it stand out from its fellow sub-compact classmates, the Magic Seats, seats that would be at home in the Cirque de Soleil with the number flips and folds they can perform. They open up space that would embarrass a number of small SUVs. The Fit also exhibits Honda's usual high build quality and feels like it will soldier on for years to come. Add to all of that a small number of them going on the road, that's why the Fit is resale champ.

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2013 Best Retained Value - Compact car

Toyota Prius

This is a first in our awards regardless of the segment - the Prius is the first hybrid to win a best resale award. We've seen the Prius win but it is often segregated in a segment for alternative power vehicle or something similar - here it knocked out the everyday cars. The Prius is not a one trick pony either, yes it is very fuel efficient but it is also roomy, comfortable and well equipped. It also carries Toyota sterling reputation of durability and that extends to its hybrid drive system. We are thrilled to see the award go to a hybrid, because it means we Canadians are changing our thinking and adding used hybrids to our shopping lists.

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2013 Best Retained Value - Mid-size car

Subaru Outback*

This year the Outback earns special praise, it has been a winner for four straight years. The Outback clearly offers what Canadians are looking for in a mid-size car - space, quality, great features and something fairly unique to this segment, all-wheel-drive. The wagon bodystyle adds a generous dollop of versatility, offering something we Canadians seem to love - lots of volume per dollar spent. The Outback carries along Subaru's history for building cars of quality and their owners often keep them for many years. Outbacks can be hard to find in the used market and so their values are strong, helping make it a four-time CBB award winner.

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2013 Best Retained Value - Full-size car

Hyundai Genesis

With this award we recognize a first, not only is it the Genesis' first win, it is the first for Hyundai. We have all seen the transformation Hyundai has undergone in the recent past well, the Genesis was the car that got the ball rolling. With styling that broke the mould of Korean quirkiness into something more refined and international. The Genesis also offered features, like a thumping V8 engine, never seen before from the Korean brand. The Genesis quickly found followers, swayed by its long list of amenities and nicely built interior. The Genesis offers what buyers of big sedans are looking for and that helps make it a resale winner.

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2013 Best Retained Value - Entry Luxury Car

BMW 1 Series*

Back for a second win the BMW 1 Series offers something unique to Canadian buyers - a compact rear-wheel-drive, two-door with the 300hp that will give some muscle cars a run for their money. The 1 Series also gives buyers the choice of a steel roof or a folding soft-top to soak up some rays while you open up the lovely sounding straight-six engines. There has have been a number of comparisons made between the 1 Series and its spiritual predecessor, the BMW 2002 from the seventies and it's certainly true. However with the modern version you can get it covered by a certified pre-owned warranty and preferred finance rates, not any wonder then why the used car market is strong for the 1 Series.

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2013 Best Retained Value - Luxury Car

Lexus GS Series*

Often flying under the radar of the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class buyers of the world, the GS has all the features they would look for and something they won't find - a hybrid offering. To go along with the GS400h, that is the hybrid, there was also rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the V6 GS350 and for those with a need for more power, the GS430's V8 had suitably good shove. The GS was really the quintessential Lexus, peerless build quality, quieter than a convent, and superb comfort for driver and passengers alike. Like any Lexus purchased from a franchised dealer, you also get an ownership experience more akin to a luxury hotel than a dealership. When tallied up, all of these points help push the GS Series onto its second year at the top of this category.

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2013 Best Retained Value - Premium Luxury Car

BMW 6 Series*

We have seen the 6 Series on this list before, in 2010 the 6 Series ranked number one. Consistent with what helped make it a winner then, we still see today, a very sexy car with a very high level of luxury and performance that ranges from great to awesome; thinking of the M6 and its glorious V10. The 6 Series might be one of the best modern interpretations of the "grand touring" automobile. It is able to carry four passengers, in relative comfort, but it's best with not more than two, over great distances. The coupe or convertible is a car you will love to drive, and the value of them is evidence that buyers are willing to pay a premium price for such a very premium car.

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2013 Best Retained Value - Sports Car

Dodge Challenger*

Runners-up

Now a two-time winner, back to back no less, the Challenger continues to offer what any buyer of an American muscle cars wants - two roaring V8s, flash looks, and whole lot of nostalgia - all the style of the seventies but rather more reliable. The Challenger, as sister to the Chrysler 300, also offers plenty of space and it means it's rear-wheel-drive, so those tail-out power slides of Duke Brothers are possible - not that we condone such antisocial behaviour. There is also a tamer V6 version available if you are after the look without the thirst, but really, go for the Hemi if you ever find one.

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2013 Best Retained Value - Premium Sports Car

Nissan GT-R

Available for years in other markets as the Skyline GT-R, the GT-R has a reputation for its incredible performance and handling. When it launched in Canada it was snapped up by those who had been longing to own one for years. In the used market there is also plenty of demand but little supply because few Canadians can afford to have such cars when they are new so prices have not dropped substantially from new. The GT-R also features one of the coolest gimmicks; using the GPS system the car knows when you are at a race track and it will unlock the speed limiter, sadly it doesn't work in Canada. With close to 500 horsepower when it launched and all-wheel-drive, it delivered the performance you would expect and that keeps on today, helping make the GT-R a winner even four years on.

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2013 Best Retained Value - Compact SUV

Jeep Wrangler*

The Wrangler might be the Clint Eastwood of the car world. It just keeps on doing what it does best - it will get you through the worst terrain you dare to try crossing. With the addition of two more doors, making a total of four, the Wrangler suddenly became more viable for many buyers. You still get the legendary Jeep personality and ability, but now you can ferry kids and dogs much more conveniently. The two-door version is still available, but the four-door is definitely the more popular choice. The Wrangler had no trouble winning hearts, but it can now win minds too and this combination helps push it to its second consecutive win in our resale awards.

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2013 Best Retained Value - Mid-size SUV

Toyota FJ Cruiser*

Runners-up

Back for its third consecutive win in the CBB resale awards, the FJ Cruiser proves that it offers buyers what they are looking for. They get a tough SUV that is capable of traversing rough terrain and looking butch in the process. The FJ has unique styling, giving drivers a stand-out appearance that will definitely be noticed. The interior also has a unique utilitarian look that will almost certainly appeal to FJ buyers, while you can't hose it out, it will still stand-up to the off-roader's lifestyle. Even if you are not the off-road adventure type and you are just looking for something with some character, the FJ might just be the right truck for you. It would appear by its first place ranking that there are enough used FJ buyers to keep the values high for another year.

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2013 Best Retained Value - Full-size SUV

Toyota Sequoia*

The Sequoia is back for its third win this year, proving that it has what it takes in the full-size SUV market. While this is a small slice of the Canadian market, there are a lot of demands from the buyers of these machines - they need to have acres of space, plenty of power, great tow ratings, and offer lots of luxury features. On all accounts, the Sequoia fills those needs. The interior is definitely cavernous, even when all three rows of seats in use, there is still plenty of room for cargo. With big power from the V8 there is performance and towing capability to meet most people's circumstance, and if you opt for the Platinum version luxury features abound. All of those reasons keep the Sequoia in demand on the used market keeping values strong helping it earn its third win.

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2013 Best Retained Value - Compact Luxury SUV

Infiniti EX35

Runners-up

In years past we have included all luxury SUVs in one segment, but in 2009 things started to change - luxury SUVs started to come in many more sizes. Compared to our neighbours to the south, Canadians tend to like smaller vehicles so the appearance of compact luxury SUVs should be up our alley. The Infiniti EX35 is apparently just what used buyers are looking for in this segment. If offers all of the luxury features most of us would ever want, it is more fuel efficient than its larger brethren and it comes in a more city-friendly size. Even though we mention it is fuel efficient, we don't want to imply that it is pokey because the V6 here is seen in other Infiniti products and it has the same potent output here, close 300hp. Put all of this in a cleanly styled package and that is what makes it a resale winner.

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2013 Best Retained Value - Mid-size Luxury SUV

BMW X6

Last year we had all luxury SUVs grouped in one segment and the X6 walked off with the winner among all luxury SUVs. So now, we should not be too surprised to see it to take the mid-size luxury SUV crown. The X6 was very controversial when it launched as a 2008 model and it can still stir heated words when speaking of its styling. Styling is subjective, but what is not debatable is the performance of the X6 which is great, along with handling better than it should be for such a tall and hefty vehicle. There is something else the X6 proves, the mud-bogging SUV that we might associate with the early days of SUVs is not what people are looking for - we want style, luxury, and performance. Tally those qualities of the X6 and it totals up to a winning combination.

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2013 Best Retained Value - Full-size Luxury SUV

Lexus LX570

We once looked to large luxury cars as the top of the automotive pecking order, exotic cars aside, but many would now argue that large luxury SUVs are now the height of luxury. They offer all of the night-at-the-opera panache of a luxury car, but they can haul a horse trailer to the Royal Winter Fair too. On the other hand, buyers of these vehicles likely have one of each to use according to the occasion. Regardless, the LX570 comes with all of the luxury trappings you would expect and it's motivated by a powerful V8 to take care of the trailing duty mentioned before. As with any Lexus, it comes with a level of quality that makes it feels like it will last 100 years and being a more refined version of Toyota's seemingly indestructible Land Cruiser that looks like a possibility. Luxurious and very capable, the LX570 has the right combination to place it at the top of the large luxury SUV ranks.

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2013 Best Retained Value - Minivan

Toyota Sienna*

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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2013 Best Retained Value - Full-size Vans

Dodge Sprinter*

The Sprinter might not be a Dodge any longer, it's sold by Mercedes-Benz now, but that does not change the fact that anyone who needs a van seems to clamour for a Sprinter. The resale value of these beasts of burden is among the highest of any vehicle on the market. The Sprinter has been available for ages in other parts of the world, since 2005 in Canada, and during that time is had earned a reputation for not being the cheapest van on the market. But for holding up the demands of tradesmen, construction sites, and airport shuttles, some of these vehicles hardly get shut off. With their Diesel engines humming along for what seems like forever, the Sprinter definitely offer what this type of buyers wants; helping it earn its fourth straight resale award win.

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2013 Best Retained Value - Small Pick-up

Toyota Tacoma*

The Tacoma, now a four-time winner on this list, has really carved out a niche for itself in the truck world. Even before it was christened Tacoma, it was known for being one of the toughest trucks in the world. It has been known to last for many hundreds of thousands of kilometres without complaint. Offered in several configurations - regular, extended or double-cab, as well as four-cylinder or V6, two- or four-wheel-drive, there is a Tacoma for all needs. Anyone who has gone looking for one in the used market was likely surprised by how little they depreciate. In fact, we have seen one year old models sell for very close to what they cost brand new - that is remarkable. So you may not get a bargain Tacoma, but buyers are more likely interested in the truck for its reputation of longevity. It might not have the sleek style of a fine Swiss watch, but it might be its only competition in what will run longest.

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2013 Best Retained Value - Full-Size Pick-up

Toyota Tundra*

Like its little brother, 2013 marks the fourth consecutive win for the Tundra and for many of the same reasons. The Tundra carries on the tradition of being workhorse and although it may not have the long pedigree of the Tacoma, it definitely is on a streak in our resale awards. The Tundra offers what many Canadian buyers wanted in the Tacoma, but in an XL size XL. The capable V8 will easily haul boats to the lake, take some sheets of drywall to construction site, and much more all in a stylish wrapper. The Tundra has proven itself to truck drivers as a reliable ride, and that has created enough demand to keep it at the top of its class.

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