As J.D. Power’s director of ALG industry solutions Michelle MacDonald described residual values as the backbone of the auto leasing business in Canada, ALG announced the winners of the J.D. Power 2021 Canada ALG Residual Value Awards.

The J.D. Power Canada ALG Residual Value Awards recognize the vehicle segments projected to hold the highest percentage of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price after a four-year period for mainstream vehicles, and after a three-year period for premium vehicles.

The award winners as the top brands for mainstream and premium, respectively, are Toyota and Lexus.

The awards for the first time include the full-size heavy duty pickup segment, and the Chevrolet Silverado HD won in that category. The awards also included the micro utility vehicle segment for the first time.

The Hyundai Kona won that category.

J.D. Power said holding a high percentage of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is an important consideration for car buyers when assessing the total cost of ownership for a particular vehicle. That is the case whether the vehicle is financed, leased or purchased with cash.

MacDonald said an estimated $26 billion (CAD) in outstanding lease portfolio risk is a reason why she believes residual values are the backbone of the auto leasing business in Canada.

“Knowing which vehicles are predicted to hold their value and their respective rate of depreciation is paramount for manufacturers and consumers alike,” MacDonald said in a news release.

The ALG team of industry experts and ALG’s proprietary Canadian forecasting model used careful analysis in evaluating 272 model lines for the 2021 award process.

To be eligible for a brand award, a manufacturer must have vehicle 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.

J.D. Power said examples of the numerous variables affecting the actual residual value of a vehicle over a multi-year lease term include auction values, vehicle content, vehicle pricing, industry data and macroeconomic factors.

Those factors contribute to a more accurate residual value forecast, J.D. Power said. Because of that, J.D. Power said, vehicle shoppers can better understand the total cost of ownership. The full list of winners, provided by the company, is below.

Brand-Level Residual Value Awards  
Mainstream Brand Toyota
Premium Brand Lexus
Model-Level Residual Value Awards  
Segment Model
Electric Vehicle Porsche Taycan
Subcompact Car Kia Rio
Compact Car Toyota Corolla
Midsize Car Hyundai Sonata
Fullsize Car Toyota Avalon
Sportscar Subaru WRX
Micro Utility Vehicle Hyundai Kona
Subcompact Utility Vehicle Subaru Crosstrek
Compact Utility Vehicle Toyota RAV4
Midsize Utility Vehicle—2nd Row Seating Honda Passport
Midsize Utility Vehicle—3rd Row Seating Toyota Highlander
Fullsize Utility Vehicle GMC Yukon
Off-Road Utility Vehicle Toyota 4Runner
Midsize Pickup Toyota Tacoma
Fullsize Pickup Toyota Tundra
Fullsize Heavy Duty Pickup Chevrolet Silverado HD
Premium Compact Car BMW 2 Series
Premium Midsize Car
Lexus IS
Premium Fullsize Car Genesis G80
Premium Executive Car Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 4-Door
Premium Sportscar Chevrolet Corvette
Premium Subcompact Utility Vehicle Lexus UX
Premium Compact Utility Vehicle Mercedes-Benz GLB Class
Premium Midsize Utility Vehicle—2nd Row Seating Lexus RX
Premium Midsize Utility Vehicle—3rd Row Seating Lexus GX
Premium Fullsize Utility Vehicle Lexus LX
Minivan Honda Odyssey
Midsize Commercial Van Ford Transit Connect
Fullsize Commercial Van GMC Savana