The 15 Cars Most Likely to Last You 15 Years

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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 iSeeCars’ latest annual ranking of cars that people keep the longest.

The car search engine found that all 15 vehicles that original owners were most likely to keep for 15 years or more were from Japanese manufacturers.

Toyota models dominate the ranking, taking 10 of the top 15 spots for 2020. Honda models hold four spots.

Phong Ly, CEO of iSeeCars, notes:

“Japanese vehicles, especially Toyota and Honda, are known for their reliability and durability. Owners are more likely to hold onto cars that are still dependable and don’t require a great deal of expensive maintenance.”

The top 15 vehicles are:

  • Toyota Highlander: 18.3% of original owners kept the car for at least 15 years
  • Toyota Sienna: 15.5%
  • Toyota Tacoma: 14.5%
  • Toyota Tundra: 14.2%
  • Subaru Forester: 12.8%
  • Toyota RAV4: 12.7%
  • Honda Pilot: 12.6%
  • Honda CR-V: 12.4%
  • Toyota Prius: 11.9%
  • Toyota 4Runner: 11.8%
  • Honda Odyssey: 11.6%
  • Toyota Corolla: 11.4%
  • Toyota Camry: 11%
  • Honda Civic: 11%
  • Toyota Land Cruiser: 10.6%

In compiling this ranking, iSeeCars analyzed data on more than 350,000 cars from model years 1981-2004 that were sold in 2019.

On average, 7.7% of all those vehicles had been kept by the original owner for at least 15 years, the analysis shows.

So, original owners of a Toyota Highlander, for example, are more than twice as likely to stick with that vehicle for at least 15 years compared with the owner of the average car.

That’s perhaps unsurprising, considering that Ly says the Highlander has great J.D. Power reliability rankings, lower-than-average ownership costs and more interior space than other three-row crossover SUVs.

And iSeeCars is not alone in singing the Highlander’s praises, either. Consumer Reports cited the 2018 Highlander among few 2018 vehicles that the publication considered “truly extraordinary.”

For more tips for finding the right car for you, check out Money Talks News’ latest car shopping articles.

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