Note: For Canadian Black Book (CBB) all percentages are for four-year-old vehicles (2010 model year). For ALG, all percentages for mainstream models are for four years, while premium models percentages are for three years (indicated by *).
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SUBCOMPACT: Honda Fit (63 per cent CBB) and Nissan Versa (44.7 per cent ALG). The Fit is solid, safe, fuel-efficient, functional and reliable. Moreover, Honda is careful with fleet sales. A new made-in-Mexico Fit is coming and it promises to shake up the subcompact market. The made-in-Mexico Versa is being phased out in Canada.
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COMPACT: Toyota Prius (57 per cent CBB) and Mazda3 (48.4 per cent ALG).
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MID-SIZE: Subaru Outback (55 per cent CBB) and Honda Accord (45.5 per cent ALG). Here are two of the most solid all-around performers among all vehicles.
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FULL SIZE: Toyota Avalon (44 per cent CBB and 39.6 per cent ALG). Toyota doesn’t sell many and those that buy tend to be fairly elderly and loyal. No fleet sales to speak of, either.
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ENTRY LUXURY/PREMIUM COMPACT: BMW 1-Series (54 per cent CBB) and Mini Cooper (55.9 per cent ALG*). BMW’s strong brand, which really does include its Mini sub-brand, explains the high returns on used 1s and Minis.
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LUXURY/PREMIUM FULL-SIZE: Lexus GS (50 per cent CBB/47.4 per cent ALG*). The GS outshines the segment leaders by sales, including the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
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PREMIUM LUXURY/PREMIUM EXECUTIVE: Porsche Panamera (53 per cent CBB) and Mercedes-Benz S-Class (41.1 per cent ALG*). The Porsche is a racy performance gem among big, luxurious four-door cars, while the S-Class is the standard among stately limousine-like rides.
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PREMIUM SPORTS: Porsche Boxster (60 per cent) and Chevrolet Corvette (52.5 per cent*). Both cars are true to the sports car tradition, with a loyal following.
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SPORTS: Dodge Challenger (60 per cent CBB) and Subaru BRZ (48.8 per cent). Dodge has not pushed the Challenger into fleets and the like, while the BRZ is an affordable sports car.
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SMALL/MID-SIZE PICKUP: Toyota Tacoma (64 per cent CBB/50.1 per cent ALG). Toyota owns the market for small and medium pickups and it shows in valuations.
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FULL-SIZE PICKUP: Toyota Tundra (53 per cent CBB/39.5 per cent ALG). In Canada, Toyota has not pushed the Tundra hard, keeping discounts to the bare minimum. But the Tundra really is just a blip among big pickups.
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MINIVAN: Honda Odyssey (48 per cent CBB/40.5 per cent ALG). Low fleet sales and a reputation for being the “gold standard” among minivans explain why the Odyssey depreciates less than rivals.
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FULL-SIZE VAN: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (63 per cent CBB). Mercedes touts the Sprinter’s low ownership costs, largely based on strong residuals.
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COMPACT SUV: Jeep Wrangler (67 per cent CBB) and Nissan Rogue (46.9 per cent ALG). The Wrangler is true to the rugged Jeep brand and Nissan has been careful not to over-discount the Rogue.
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MID-SIZE SUV: Toyota FJ Cruiser (63 per cent CBB), Subaru Outback (39.9 per cent ALG for two-row models) and Toyota Highlander (46.5 per cent ALG for three-row models). Toyota again, and Subaru. For all the known reasons.
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FULL-SIZE SUV: Toyota Sequoia (60 per cent CBB/30.9 per cent ALG). The Sequoia is not a fleet darling and owners are loyal.
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COMPACT LUXURY SUV: Mercedes-Benz GLK (57 per cent CBB) and Acura RDX (51.3 per cent ALG*). The GLK has shaken up the compact luxury SUV segment with its combination of performance, style and technology – and a strong diesel offering.
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MID-SIZE LUXURY SUV: Land Rover LR4 (57 per cent CBB), Lexus RX (45 per cent ALG* for two-row models) and Infiniti QX60 (47.8 per cent ALG* for three-row models). The RX is a high-quality offering, while the LR4 is a rugged reflection of the Land Rover brand.
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FULL-SIZE LUXURY SUV: Hummer H2 (73 per cent CBB) and Lexus LX 570 (46.1 per cent ALG*). The H2 is out of production and the Hummer brand is dead. Scarcity explains the H2’s value. The Lexus trades on Toyota’s quality reputation and reluctance to engage in fleet sales.