These Are The Cars People Keep For More Than 15 Years


Notice anything interesting about the top brands?

In the US, the average length of time owners tend to keep a new vehicle is around six years, so you won't find many Americans holding onto a car for 10 or even 15 years.

Keeping an eye on the latest car trends, iSeeCars has performed one of its studies to determine which cars owners keep for the longest period of time. The research firm analyzed over 750,000 cars from the 1981-2003 model years.

iSeeCars has just released its 2019 list of cars people are most likely to keep for 15 years or longer. On average, just 7.5% of owners keep their cars for 15 years or more and the list of cars sitting above this industry average have a very clear attribute in common - they are all built by Japanese brands.


The top 15 cars people keep for 15 years are more include the Toyota Highlander, Toyota Prius, Toyota Sienna, Honda Pilot, Toyota Tundra, Toyota Sequoia, Toyota Tacoma, Honda Odyssey, Honda CR-V, Subaru Forrester, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Camry, Acura MDX, Toyota 4Runner, and Toyota Avalon.

Toyota dominates the list with 10 cars, while the Honda, Acura, and Subaru brands making up the rest.

iSeeCars also broke down a top 10 list by brand, which include Toyota, Honda, Subaru, Hyundai, Nissan, Kia, GMC, Volkswagen, Chevrolet, and Mercedes-Benz.


The list was further broken down by organizing smaller lists of the top SUVs, light-duty trucks, sports cars, and luxury cars. The SUV list includes the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Toyota Sequoia, Honda CR-V, Subaru Forrester, Toyota RAV4, Acura MDX, Toyota 4Runner, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, GMC Yukon XL, and Chevy Suburban.

The trucks on the list include the Toyota Tundra, Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, Chevy Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Ford F-150, Ram 1500, and Ford Ranger.

On the sports car front, the list includes the Mazda MX-5 Miata, Audi TT, Chevy Camaro, BMW M5, Ford Mustang, Audi S4, Chevy Corvette, Mercedes SL, Porsche 911, BMW M3, and Acura NSX. Finally, the luxury list includes the Acura MDX, Mercedes C-Class, Lexus IS 300, Mercedes E-Class, Cadillac CTS, BMW X5, Audi A4, BMW 5 Series, and Audi TT.

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