New report: The top 15 cars that people keep for 15 years or more

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If you’re looking for a reliable vehicle that will stand the test of time, there’s good reason to consider a Toyota!

According to a new study by, all 15 of the top 15 cars that owners keep for 15 years or more are Japanese models — including 10 Toyotas.

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Toyota dominates the list of cars that owners keep for 15+ years

The automotive research firm analyzed more than 750,000 cars from the 1981-2003 model years that were sold in 2018. Fifteen models were at least 1.4 times more likely than average to be kept by the original owners for 15 years or longer.

For example, 18.5% of original owners continue to drive the top-ranked Toyota Highlander beyond 15 years. The average for all cars is just 7.5%.

Here are the top 15 vehicles, ranked by the percentage of original owners who keep the vehicle for 15+ years:

Top 15 Cars Owners Keep for 15 Years or Longer
Rank Car % Original Owners Keeping Car for 15+ Years Compared to Average
1 Toyota Highlander 18.5% 2.5x
2 Toyota Prius 16.2% 2.2x
3 Toyota Sienna 16.1% 2.2x
4 Honda Pilot 15.3% 2x
5 Toyota Tundra 14.1% 1.9x
6 Toyota Sequoia 13.5% 1.8x
7 Toyota Tacoma 13.4% 1.8x
8 Honda Odyssey 12.6% 1.7x
9 Honda CR-V 12.4% 1.7x
10 Subaru Forester 12.1% 1.6x
11 Toyota RAV4 12.1% 1.6x
12 Toyota Camry 11.5% 1.5x
13 Acura MDX 11.4% 1.5x
14 Toyota 4Runner 11.2% 1.5x
15 Toyota Avalon 10.8% 1.4x
Average for All Cars 7.5%

“While SUVs account for the majority of the vehicles on the list with eight, the list includes a mix of additional vehicle types including pickup trucks, sedans, minivans, and even a hybrid, showing that consumers can find an enduring vehicle to match their unique needs,” said iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly.

In Consumer Reports’ latest owner satisfaction survey, Toyota ranked eighth. However, several of the automaker’s vehicles, including the Highlander, were CR’s top picks for 2018. See the list here.

Car shoppers may want to buy a one-month Consumer Reports subscription for $7.95 to read in-depth new and used car reviews.

Clark’s car buying tips 

Money expert Clark Howard recommends that you buy a car that’s two or three years old because brand new cars begin to lose value the second they’re driven off the dealer’s lot.


With a used vehicle, you don’t eat that depreciation — a key benefit to buying a pre-owned car.

Once you find a used car, follow these steps:

  1. Check the vehicle history report. Run the VIN through to find out if it’s a flood vehicle or if it has been in a horrible accident.
  2. Have the used vehicle inspected by an independent mechanic. One of the key things to know about buying a used car is that you buy “as is.” CarFax alone is not enough of a check; you need to take this additional step.

Finally, arrange auto financing in advance! Look at credit unions, online banks or even traditional banks. Only take dealer financing if it beats any other offer you have.

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