The 15 Cars You’re Most Likely to Drive for 15 Years

Fourteen of the 15 vehicles on the list come from one type of manufacturer. Plus, we offer tips for keeping your car running for years to come.

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If you are looking for a car — and hoping it will last for a decade and a half — we’ve got one bit of advice for you: Buy Japanese.

That was the takeaway of an analysis by the research firm earlier this year. It found that 14 of the 15 vehicles that the original owners were most likely to keep for 15 years or more were from Japanese manufacturers, particularly Toyota. The other was a German-made Volkswagen.

The top 15 vehicles are:

  • Toyota Highlander: 18.3 percent of original owners kept the car for at least 15 years
  • Toyota Sienna: 17.1 percent
  • Toyota Tundra: 15.7 percent
  • Toyota Prius: 15 percent
  • Toyota RAV4: 14.3 percent
  • Honda Odyssey: 12.8 percent
  • Toyota Sequoia: 12.8 percent
  • Toyota Tacoma: 12.4 percent
  • Honda CR-V: 11.9 percent
  • Toyota Avalon: 11.7 percent
  • Acura MDX: 11.6 percent
  • Toyota Camry: 11.5 percent
  • Subaru Forester: 11.5 percent
  • Nissan Frontier: 11 percent
  • Volkswagen Golf: 10.6 percent

Buying the right car for you

If you’re in the market for a car — regardless of which brand you shop for — you need to do your homework to land the best deal. That’s especially true if you hope to keep your car running for 15 years or more.

As we explain in “11 Essential Tips for Buying the Right Car at the Right Price“:

Once you’ve narrowed things down to a few models, check reputable third-party reviews. There are a number of websites to help you along the way. You’re looking for vehicles with a track record of reliability and safety. Some sites even help by calculating estimated maintenance and other charges for a given car.

After you’ve purchased the car, don’t expect to neglect it and still get it to last 15 years. You will need to baby your sweet new ride. In the story “5 Keys to Making Your Car Last for 200,000 Miles,” we explain some of the things you must do to keep your vehicle running for a long time.

For example, it’s crucial to follow the car’s maintenance schedule. While it can be tempting to ignore these recommendations, it’s probably penny wise and pound foolish. As we explain:

Catch a problem early, and you’ll save money, and likely extend the life of your vehicle. To get to the holy grail of 200,000 miles, you need to service your car as suggested.

What’s your take on the 15 cars most likely to last 15 years? Share your thoughts below or on our Facebook page.

Karla Bowsher
Karla Bowsher
I’m a freelance journalist and former newspaper reporter who has covered both personal and public finance. I've worked for a top 50 major metro daily and a community newspaper as well as ... More

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