Honda, Lexus at Top of ALG Residual Value Awards

ALG says the recipients of the J.D. Power 2022 U.S. ALG Residual Value Awards, were topped by Honda and Lexus being named brand award winners in the mass market and premium segments, respectively.

Residual Value Awards are claimed to be key in recognizing vehicle models projected to hold the highest percentage of their manufacturer’s suggested retail price following a three-year period of ownership. Value retention is a major variable in the lease cost of a vehicle, underlining an automaker’s success in the areas of long-term quality and design, as well as the overall desirability of automotive brands and their models.

“It is also a vital component to vehicle shoppers as it helps forecast a vehicle’s resale value once they sell or trade-in the vehicle for a new one, consistently cited as an important purchase consideration by shoppers,” according to ALG.1

“Accurately forecasting residual values in the auto industry is a key factor in assessing an estimated $225 billion lease portfolio of vehicles in the United States,” said Eric Lyman, vice president of ALG. “The brands and vehicle models that rise to the top demonstrate that they score well across the award program’s criteria, including manufacturers’ superior design and quality.”

For model-year 2022, 19 different brands have won awards in 29 segments. The procedure consists of evaluating 284 models through analysis of used-vehicle performance, brand outlook and product competitiveness. Eligibility for a brand award requires a manufacturer to have model entries in at least four different segments. To account for differences across trim levels, model averages are weighted based on percentage share relative to the entire model line.

In addition to the mass market brand level award, Honda also has three model-level awards. Lexus ranks highest among premium brands, while only having one segment-winning model. “The achievement of Lexus speaks to an impressive, industry-leading continuity of residual value across its entire lineup,” Lyman said. “It’s like a decathlete who wins only one of the 10 individual events but scores enough points in each of them to stand atop the podium.”

Model-Level Awards

Honda and Hyundai share the most model-level awards, with three each. They are followed by a diverse list of manufacturers winning in two categories: Audi, Kia, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru and Toyota.

  • Honda: Civic, Passport and Odyssey
  • Hyundai: Accent, Kona and Kona EV
  • Audi: A6 Allroad and Q3
  • Kia: K5 and Telluride
  • Land Rover: Range Rover Velar and Discovery
  • Mercedes-Benz: AMG GT 4-Door and Metris
  • Subaru: WRX and Forrester
  • Toyota: Tacoma and Tundra

New for 2022, the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 4-Doortops long-time segment leader Lexus LS in the Premium Executive segment; the new Ford Bronco beats out perennial winners Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner for top honors in the Off-Road Utility segment despite is limited production thus far. Popular electric vehicle winners: the Kona EV in the Mass Market Electric segment; and the Tesla Model Y in the Premium Electric segment.

Numerous variables, of course, affect the actual residual value of a vehicle over a multi-year lease term, including the former Trump administrations’ inexplicable failure to address the corona virus pandemic, which resulted unnecessary deaths and as well as factory shut downs. Other instances include mileage, quality/reliability, options and feature sets, weather and the macro-economic environment.

Obviously, these factors need to be considered in order to accurately forecast residual values, the more data and greater the understanding of the effect of each variable, the better equipped manufacturers and lenders are able to enhance profitability.

1 J.D. Power U.S. Sales Satisfaction Index (SSI) StudySM

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