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Here Are The Cars Owners Keep For a Decade Or More

  • A new study lists vehicles most likely to remain with their original owners for a decade
  • Honda CR-V tops the study, with 28.6 percent still with original owners after 10 years
  • Other Japanese models score highly, while domestic cars falter

Which vehicles do car owners keep for the longest? According to a new study from iSeeCars.com, mostly Japanese cars are likely to still be with their original owners after 10 years or more.

The study came to be after industry analysts at IHS Automotive revealed new data that the average age of a new vehicle is 11.5 years — an all-time high. What’s more, a study from AutoMD.com revealed that two in three consumers are now driving vehicles with over 100,000 miles on the odometer. So which vehicles have made drivers satisfied enough to keep around for 10 years or more?

Number one is the Honda CR-V, which boasts an impressive 28.6 percent of models still with the original owner after 10 years — more than twice the average rate for a vehicle. Following closely behind are the Toyota Prius, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Highlander and Honda Odyssey, each of which boast more than 25 percent still with their original owners after more than a decade.

In fact, each of the top 15 models on iSeeCars.com’s list is a Japanese vehicle, as the top performers in the firm’s study included nine Toyotas, five Hondas and one Subaru — the Forester.

“It’s not surprising that [as] many Toyotas and Hondas made the list as they have, based on their reputations for reliability,” said iSeeCars.com chief executive Phong Ly.

In fact, several popular American cars performed poorly in the study. Only 9.5 percent of Jeep Grand Cherokee models remain with their original owners after 10 years, which is below the industry average of 13.5 percent. It’s the same story with the Ford Escape (10.9 percent) and Chevrolet Equinox (10 percent). And the American car with the highest number of original owners after a decade is the Pontiac Vibe, which shares its drivetrain and chassis with the Japanese Toyota Matrix.

With that said, we’d be interested to see the same study undertaken in 10 more years, as American cars have become more reliable, desirable and popular over the last decade. Still, it’s hard to avoid the obvious conclusion here: If you want longevity and durability, it’s hard to beat a Japanese vehicle.

What it means to you: The fact that so many Japanese vehicles are still with their original owners a decade later is a testament to their durability and dependability.

Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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