The Japanese auto brands generally have an enviable reputation for reliability, which in turn has helped resale values on those models. Toyota in particular has earned a strong reputation for value, reliability, and resale values. In the 2014 Best Overall Value of the Year awards from IntelliChoice, the reputation built by its Toyota and Lexus brands is borne out in its rankings, taking five of the eight truck and SUV best value categories. Compact pickups, full-size vans, and heavy-duty trucks were not included in this year's rankings due to an "insufficient number of models."

Lexus took the top prize in the Premium Mid-Size Utility and best Overall Premium Vehicle category with the RX, and best Luxury Utility with the GX 460. Toyota took top billing for Full-Size Utility with the Highlander and best Full-Size Pickup Light Duty with the Tundra CrewMax.

Other truck and SUV category winners included the Subaru XV Crosstrek in the Compact Utility category, the Chevrolet Tahoe in the Premium Full-Size Utility category, and the Volvo XC60 in the Premium Compact Utility category. The BOVY awards analyze models on the basis of low total ownership costs as well as lower-than-expected costs over time compared with competitive models. Source: IntelliChoice

2014 Best Overall Value of the Year Awards

CategoryModel
Compact UtilitySubaru XV Crosstrek
Premium Compact UtilityVolvo XC60
Premium Mid-Size UtilityLexus RX
Full-Size UtilityToyota Highlander
Premium Full-Size UtilityChevrolet Tahoe
Luxury UtilityLexus GX 460
Full-Size Pickup Light DutyToyota Tundra CrewMax
Overall Value Prem. VehicleLexus RX