These Are The Cars People Keep For 15 Years

JalopnikThe A.V. ClubDeadspinEartherGizmodoJezebelKotakuLifehackerSplinterThe TakeoutThe RootThe OnionMore VideoJalopnik ReviewsThe Morning ShiftNice Price Or Crack PipewrenchingRacingCar vs AmericaWhat Car Should You BuyLA Auto ShowFoxtrot AlphaThese Are The Cars People Keep For 15 YearsTom McParlandYesterday 1:36pmFiled to: high mileageFiled to: high mileagehigh mileageiseecars.comiseecarsLong term ownershipcar buying340.7K73112EditSend to EditorsPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkBehold, the mighty 2003 Toyota Highlander (Image: Toyota)There is a freedom in driving a car for a long time after it’s been paid off. But not every vehicle can go the distance. If you’re the type to keep your car for a long time, have a look at this survey breaking down the most popular models that owners tend to keep for 15 years.Outstream Video 00:0000:0000:0000:00According to a study conducted by, Toyota tops the list of cars that people keep into their automotive teenage years, with Honda/Acura in second place. This is probably not surprising, as both brands have reputations for build quality and general survivability. The entire list is dominated by Japanese brands, with the VW Golf being the one German car that folks apparently don’t give up on easy. There are no U.S. brands here, though of course some of these models are made in America.For those of you who don’t want to bother doing math, 15 years ago takes us back to 2003. That means there are a whole bunch of first-generation Highlanders, Siennas and Tundras still running around with the person who bought them new. Neat.As for how iSeeCars determined which vehicles made the list, they used the following analyzed over 650,000 used cars from model years 1981-2002, sold between January through November 2017. For each model, the number of cars sold by the original owner was expressed as a percentage of the total number of cars sold. “Original-owner” cars were bought as new by the owner. The models were then ranked by the original-owner percentage. Models with fewer than 100 cars sold or which were no longer in production as of the 2017 model year were excluded from the analysis.So, I guess it’s somewhat relevant to note that iSeeCars was subtracting 15 from 2017, not ’18. AdvertisementIf you’re the type of car buyer who plans on keeping something for more than a decade, remember that the upfront price isn’t everything. You might not get as big of a discount on a new Honda or Toyota as you would from another automaker, but you may get a much longer life out of those models.You can read the full details of the study here at iSeeCars.comKeep cars alive.These Are The Cars That People Keep The LongestThese Are The Cars That Are Most Likely To Go Over 200,000 MilesHere’s What A Toyota Truck Looks Like After 1,000,000 MilesAbout the authorTom McParlandTom McParlandTom is a contributing writer for Jalopnik and runs

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EmailPostsDiscussionReplyStaff (2)Community (535)PendingSort by:PopularReplyShow more repliesLoading…Show more replies in this threadLoading…Hide repliesCompletelyLegitimateUserNameTom McParland1/09/18 1:44pmTop 15 Cars people can’t be bothered to trade in.242Reply31 repliesFlaggedShow more repliesLoading…Show more replies in this threadLoading…Hide repliesliveaxleTom McParland1/09/18 4:26pmTom, I think you you mistyped the headline:“These are the top 15 cars you should consider for your SO’s next winter beater” It’s always best when you buy from someone who plans to keep a car 15 years. Too bad none of those people buy WRXs.27Reply8 repliesFlaggedShow more repliesLoading…Show more replies in this threadLoading…Hide repliesLoad more commentsView staff discussionView all 731 repliesJoin the discussion!Show more commentsYou may also likeJalopnikKeying Somebody’s Car Is Just About The Worst Thing You Can DoMonday 9:15pmJalopnikEvery New Car We’re Excited About At The 2018 Detroit Auto Show (Updated)Andrew P. Collins, David Tracy and Patrick GeorgeYesterday 4:19pmJalopnikTell Us About The Worst Time You Got Ripped Off With A CarYesterday 11:00amRecent from Tom McParland619417.2KThe Feds May Have Just Confirmed A 2018 Mazda6 With All-Wheel DriveTom McParlandToday 8:55am610521.6KThe 2018 BMW 540d Brings Diesel Back To America Along With A Ton Of TorqueTom McParlandYesterday 10:12am66020.5KComment Of The Day: I Live My Life EditionTom McParlandThursday 6:00pmDeals · Erica OffuttMake Your Own Jerky With This Discounted Food Dehydrator30 minutes agoShareTweetWant Jalopnik’s email newsletter?Email AddressPlease enter an email address that is at least 7 characters long.Please enter an email address that is no longer than 63 characters.Please enter a valid email address.Network error, please try again. ResendYou are not authorized to make changes on behalf of this user.This email address is already associated with this account. Please delete it or use a different email address.This email address is already subscribed, please enter another.You need to select at least one of our lists to subscribe.Please enter a valid email address.Network error, please try again.An error occurred during sign upSubscribeNo, thanksAboutNeed Help?Content GuideJalopnik StoreRedirecting to the Jalopnik store in Disclaimer: You are leaving a Gizmodo Media Group, LLC website and going to a third party site, which is subject to its own privacy policy and terms of use.ContinuePrivacyTerms of UseAdvertisingJobsMore from our network© 2017 Gizmodo Media GroupKinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.

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