Automotive value tracker ALG has announced its lists for the automakers and their cars with the highest residual values for 2012. Honda and Acura sit at the top of their respective lists for mainstream and premium brands for the first time in several years in ALG’s study, showing that there’s still life in ol’ Honda just yet. Second place in the mainstream category was Hyundai; Infiniti took the runner-up spot among premium makes.
According to ALG, residual value takes “quality, durability, and brand desirability” into account, as well as the laws of supply and demand. If an automaker has oversaturated the market with fleet sales to rental-car agencies and municipalities, secondhand values are going to suffer. There’s a tight balance between keeping demand high and balancing how many cars need to be sold to be profitable.
Among individual car winners, Toyota took the highest number with the Scion FR-S, Toyota Prius C, FJ Cruiser, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra, Land Cruiser, Lexus GS 350, and Lexus LS 460. Honda took top honors with the Honda Fit, Accord, Odyssey, and Acura RDX.
Check out the complete lists of winners below.
|Sub Compact Car||Honda Fit|
|Compact Car||Hyundai Elantra|
|Midsize Car||Honda Accord|
|Fullsize Car||Hyundai Azera|
|Sports Car||Scion FR-S|
|Alt-Fuel Vehicle||Toyota Prius c|
|Sub Compact Utility Vehicle||MINI Cooper Countryman|
|Compact Utility Vehicle||Toyota FJ Cruiser|
|Midsize Utility Vehicle||Hyundai Santa Fe Sport|
|Fullsize Utility Vehicle||Toyota Sequoia|
|Midsize Pickup||Toyota Tacoma|
|Fullsize Pickup||Toyota Tundra|
|Premium Compact Car||MINI Cooper|
|Premium Midsize Car||Mercedes-Benz C-Class|
|Premium Fullsize Car||Lexus GS 350|
|Premium Executive||Lexus LS 460|
|Premium Sports Car||Porsche 911 Carrera|
|Premium Alt-Fuel Vehicle||Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTEC|
|Premium Compact Utility Vehicle||Acura RDX|
|Premium Midsize Utility Vehicle||Audi Q7|
|Premium Fullsize Utility Vehicle||Toyota Land Cruiser|
|Mainstream Brand Rankings||Premium Brand Rankings|