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Subaru, Lexus top Kelley Blue Book resale awards

Melissa Burden
The Detroit News

For the second straight year, Subaru and Lexus are tops in Kelley Blue Book’s 2016 Resale Value Awards for best mainstream brand and best luxury brand, respectively.

The auto pricing website site ranks vehicles for their expected retained value through the first five years of ownership.

In the 14th annual awards, Kelley Blue Book named four Subaru vehicles as winners in their market segments, while Lexus had six, Toyota and General Motors Co. each have five models as winners.

There are 22 segment winners in all.

“Lexus notably captured the top luxury brand award for the fifth year in a row; and after previously winning the brand award in 2011 and 2015, Subaru is back on top once again for 2016 as the best mainstream brand for resale value across its entire lineup,” Eric Ibara, director of residual values for Kelley Blue Book, said in a statement.

Ibara said GM topped the domestic automakers for the number of resale awards and placed four vehicles in its Top 10 list of 2016 model-year vehicles that have the best projected resale value. They include the Chevrolet Camaro and Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon and GMC Sierra pickups.

Rounding out the rest of the Top 10 are the Subaru Forester, Subaru WRX, Jeep Wrangler, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Tacoma and Toyota Tundra.

The majority of the top picks are trucks and SUVs. Ibara said that indicates the strength the segments will carry going forward.

Resale value awards are based on projections from Kelley Blue Book. Those earning the highest five-year resale values — as a percentage of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price — receive the awards.

Low-volume vehicles and those with a price tag of more than $60,000 are excluded except in the plug-in, luxury and high-performance categories.

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2016 KBB Resale Value winners

Subcompact car: Honda Fit

Plug-in vehicle: Tesla Model S

Compact car: Subaru Impreza

Sporty compact car: Subaru WRX

Mid-size car: Subaru Legacy

Full-size car: Toyota Avalon

Entry-level luxury car: Lexus RC

Luxury car: Lexus GS

High-end luxury car: Porsche Panamera

Sports car: Chevrolet Camaro LT

High-performance car: Chevrolet Camaro SS

Hybrid/alternative energy car: Lexus ES 300h

Compact SUV/crossover: Jeep Wrangler

Mid-size SUV/crossover: Toyota 4Runner

Full-size SUV/crossover: Chevrolet Tahoe

Luxury compact SUV/crossover: Porsche Macan

Luxury mid-size SUV/crossover: Lexus GX 460

Luxury full-size SUV/crossover: Lexus LX 570

Hybrid SUV/crossover: Lexus RX 450h

Mid-size pickup: Toyota Tacoma

Full-size pickup: Toyota Tundra

Minivan/van: Toyota Sienna

Source: Kelley Blue Book