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Lexus and Subaru took home top awards in the Kelley Blue Book (KBB) 2015 best resale awards. Subaru won the "best brand" category, while Lexus took the "best luxury brand" award for top resale value.

KBB looks at current vehicle data, sales data, market conditions for each vehicle, competition within vehicle segments, expectations of the future economy and combines them all to conclude which vehicles best retain their value over five years.

Lexus won the entry-level luxury car segment with the RC 350. 2nd and 3rd place also went to Lexus with the GS and IS respectively. Best overall resale value also goes to Lexus with the GS 350. The high-end luxury segment was also won by Lexus with the LS 460.

Lexus SUVs also did quite well with the GX460, LX570 and RX450h all winning their classes.

Surprisingly, Lexus and Subaru did not make the top 10 list of best vehicles for resale value. That list is below.

1. 2015 Toyota Tacoma (60 months: 60.4%)
2. 2015 Jeep Wrangler (60 months: 58.9%)
3. 2015 Toyota Tundra (60 months: 59.4%)
4. 2015 Chevy Colorado (60 months: 58.3%)
5.2015 GMC Canyon (60 months: 57.5%)
6. 2015 GMC Sierra (60 months: 55.6%)
7. 2015 Chevy Silverado (60 months: 54.7%)
8. 2015 Toyota 4Runner (60 months: 54.3%)
9. 2015 Ford F-150 (60 months 52%)
10. 2015 Honda CR-V (60 months: 50.8%)

Subaru, Lexus Take Best Resale Value Awards » AutoGuide.com News
 

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that's what i like about japanese vehicles, for the most part they hold their value well. so while you do pay more for them over some of their competition, at least you get reliability and good resale value for years to come.
 

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Everybody knows that the Lexus brand holds its value better than almost any other marque, but I doubt the reliability of a report that finds that the best car in the bunch for holding its value over a five year period is a model that has been in dealer showrooms for little more than 30 days. My guess: generalizing from insufficient data.
 

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Everybody knows that the Lexus brand holds its value better than almost any other marque, but I doubt the reliability of a report that finds that the best car in the bunch for holding its value over a five year period is a model that has been in dealer showrooms for little more than 30 days. My guess: generalizing from insufficient data.
Exactly.
Lexus is quite possible the best value for money you can get. While their cars aren't as crazy as they could be with how the brand has been changing, at least the value you get out of them still seems to be a top priority with the brand.
 

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I think that even cars that have only been on dealer lots for a short time can have their resale value estimated pretty well, especially if the model has a long history in other iterations.

Cars are known to be a terrible investment since they lose so much value, but at least these vehicles are the best of a bad thing.
 
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