Every year Kelley Blue Book puts out their list of the best resale value cars, and the 2011 awards show a few surprises – all of which are good news for consumers. In the 2011 Best Resale Value Awards, Kelley Blue Book (KBB) gives top brand honors to Subaru, while best luxury brand this year goes to BMW.

Here are the top 10 of KBB’s best resale value cars (including CUVs, SUVs, and pickups) for 2011. This is the overall list of winners which, curiously, has no domestic makes. Check out the extended list for 18 category champions (there, you’ll find some Ford products).

  • 2011 Audi A5With its crisp handling, responsive acceleration and attention-getting style, the 2011 Audi A5 sport luxury coupe is also a KBB best resale value car

    for this year. Automobile.com remarks: “All told, the 2011 Audi A5 is a solid choice for anyone looking for luxury, power and technology.”

  • 2011 BMW X5One of two BMWs on the best resale value cars list this year, the 2011 BMW X5 seven-passenger SUV provides an extra measure of sport and utility for buyers. Consumer Guide says: “X5 excels for its acceleration, sporty handling, and availability of a frugal diesel engine…The X5 M is one of the most potent SUVs you can buy, yet it’s not punishing as a daily driver.”
  • 2011 BMW X6Straddling the line between crossover and car, the luxury 2011 BMW X6 offers buyers what Edmunds says is “powerful and fuel efficient base

    engine, wickedly fast V8, capable handling, comfortable seats, solid construction.” KBB hails its road presence, elevated seating and expressive styling – and awards it a top 10 best resale value cars spot.

  • 2011 Honda CR-VKBB hails the value, efficiency and utility of the 2011 Honda CR-V compact CUV – and it’s a perennial winner of best resale value cars. In a KBB overview, the publication says “as practical as a backpack, this benchmark crossover is an easy, stylish, one-size-fits-most car choice.”
  • 2011 Jeep WranglerCrawling over rocks on the Rubicon trail or out on the roads, the 2011 Jeep Wrangler keeps its high resale value, according to KBB. Car and Driver notes: “The four-wheel-drive, go-anywhere Wrangler remains the quintessential rugged Jeep.”
  • 2011 Lexus GX – KBB calls the 2011 Lexus GX a “real SUV intended to haul cargo, people and trailers” – and names it to the top 10 best resale value cars. Consumer Guide comments that “For SUV shoppers who truly need off-road prowess and towing capability in their luxury SUV, [the Lexus] GX 460 is well worth considering.”
  • 2011 Toyota FJ CruiserHigh safety scores and serious off-road capability are reasons enough to buy the 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser, which KBB singles out as best overall resale value in mid-size utility vehicle. Car and Driver observes: “The FJ Cruiser is more than just funky, chunky looks – it’s a capable off-roader, too.”
  • 2011 Toyota TacomaThe 2011 Toyota Tacoma wins yet another best resale award for mid-size pickup (it’s won every year since KBB began the awards in 2003). Edmunds says: “The 2011 Toyota Tacoma is a top choice in the midsize pickup segment thanks to its highly capable nature and wide array of configurations.”
  • 2011 Subaru OutbackFamily-friendly package nicely done, plus the security of standard all-wheel drive and choice of Subaru Boxer four- or six-cylinder engines are highlights of the 2011 Subaru Outback wagon named one of the top 10 KBB best resale value cars. CNBC.com says: “This wagon scores high for fuel economy and safety, and the Outback’s more rugged features include off-road ability and slightly raised rear seats that lend an SUV feel to the car.”

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