Two of the Blue Oval’s icons recently showed off one of the many reasons they’ve achieved that status, when the automotive experts at Edmunds honored both the Ford Mustang and Ford F-Series with “Best Retained Value Awards” for 2012. In fact, the two nameplates combined for five category wins in the annual study of residual values after five years of vehicle ownership.
The Ford Mustang earned its prize in the “Coupe $25K-$35K” segment, and that was despite having an MSRP that actually starts $2,800 below that point. Of course, 305 horses and an EPA line of up to 19 mpg city/31 mpg highway/23 mpg combined for a price of $22,200 will have that kind of effect on the judging.
Then, at the other end of the Mustang spectrum, the mighty Ford Shelby GT500 earned two “Best Retained Value Awards,” one as “Coupe over $45,000” and another as “Convertible over $45,000.” But keep in mind, even with an MSRPs of $54,200 and $59,200, respectively, the Shelby duo—each packing a supercharged V8 worth 650 hp—delivers more performance than cars that cost three times as much money—and more.
According to Used Ford F-150, among the full-size pickups, the Ford F-150 scored a notable win as the top “Large Light Duty Truck,” while its big brother, the F-350 SuperDuty, was the highest-ranked “Large Heavy Duty Truck.” Which makes sense, since value—both residual and otherwise—is a key reason that the F-Series has been the top-selling vehicle in America for more than three decades and also was named Motor Trend’s 2012 Truck of the Year.
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