Americans are holding on to cars longer than ever before — with the average age of cars in the U.S. now reaching between 11.5 and 12 years. On top of that, two out of every three drivers on the road are now driving vehicles that have racked up over 100,000 miles.
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So what does this mean for car buyers? If you’re looking to buy used, it’s a good idea to choose a model that’s proven to be reliable to the previous owner.
‘Cars kept by the original owners for a decade tend to be well-cared-for, in terms of actual maintenance and repairs as well as overall cleanliness,’ iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly said in a statement. ‘So a car shopper is likely to find more value than in a car that has been through multiple owners and with a history that may not be so straightforward.’
According to a study conducted by iSeeCars, Japanese manufacturers continue to crank out some of the most reliable cars on the road. In fact, more Honda and Toyota owners keep their cars for 10 years than owners of any other types of vehicles out there. The study analyzed nearly 400,000 vehicle sales from the 2005 model year and determined the top tier of those most often purchased new and driven for 10 years by their one-and-only owners.
So if you’re looking for a reliable ride, here’s a list of the top 15 vehicles that owners keep for 10 years or longer.
15 cars that last owners at least 10 years
1. Honda CR-V SUV, 28.6 percent of original owners; 2.1 times the average
2. Toyota Prius hybrid, 28.5%
3. Toyota RAV4 SUV, 28.2 %
4. Toyota Highlander SUV, 26.5%
5. Honda Odyssey minivan, 25.6%
6. Toyota Sienna minivan, 25.4%
7. Toyota Camry sedan, 24.4%
8. Toyota Avalon sedan, 23.8%
9. Honda Pilot SUV, 23.3%
10. Honda Element, 23.1%
11. Subaru Forester, 22.9%
12. Toyota Matrix, 22.6%
13. Honda Accord, 22.1%
14. Toyota Corolla, 21.5%
15. Toyota 4Runner, 21.1%