The top 10 new cars we love to hold onto

 

When you find something good, don’t let it go.

That seems to be the attitude of Ford Expedition owners, who top the list of new-car buyers that hang onto their vehicles longest before selling.

Drivers of the full-size SUV keep their vehicles for nine years on average before eventually parting ways, according to iSeeCars.com, which looked at data for six million used vehicles sold by their original owners.

Following closely in its path is the Chevrolet Corvette sports car, while there are four more SUVs on the list: the Toyota Sequoia, Toyota 4Runner, Ford Explorer and Chevrolet Suburban. Perhaps a sign that large vehicles become part of the family, all of the utility vehicles come with standard or optional seating for at least seven passengers.

A number of sedans feature – Toyota’s Avalon, the Honda Accord and Ford Taurus – and the Honda Odyssey minivan is included, too. Many of the top 10 are also the longest-lasting cars to reach 200,000 miles.

 

Top 10 new cars we keep the longest

Model                                               Average years of ownership

  1. Ford Expedition
  2. 9

  3. Chevrolet Corvette
  4. 9

  5. Toyota Sequoia
  6. 8.9

  7. Toyota 4Runner
  8. 8.8

  9. Toyota Avalon
  10. 8.6

  11. Ford Explorer
  12. 8.4

  13. Chevrolet Suburban
  14. 8.4

  15. Honda Accord
  16. 8.3

  17. Ford Taurus
  18. 8.3

  19. Honda Odyssey
  20. 8.3

Average for all cars

7.4

 

 

What about America’s most popular cars? Here’s how long brand-new models were kept on average, and perhaps how long you’ll keep your next car.

 

Average length of ownership for America’s most popular cars

Model                                               Average years of ownership

  1. Ford Explorer
  2. 8.4

  3. Honda Accord
  4. 8.3

  5. Toyota Camry
  6. 8.1

  7. Toyota Highlander
  8. 7.9

  9. Toyota Corolla
  10. 7.8

  11. Jeep Grand Cherokee
  12. 7.8

  13. Honda Civic
  14. 7.6

  15. Honda CR-V
  16. 7.6

  17. Ram 1500
  18. 7.4

  19. Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  20. 7.4

  21. GMC Sierra 1500
  22. 7.3

  23. Ford F-150
  24. 7.2

  25. Nissan Altima
  26. 7.1

  27. Toyota RAV4
  28. 7.0

  29. Ford Escape
  30. 6.8

  31. Nissan Sentra
  32. 6.8

  33. Hyundai Elantra
  34. 6.6

  35. Chevrolet Equinox
  36. 6.0

  37. Ford Fusion
  38. 5.8

  39. Nissan Rogue
  40. 5.3

Average for all cars

7.4

 

 

“Whether you want a large family hauler, a reliable sedan, or even a flashy sports car, there is a dependable vehicle to suit your lifestyle,” said Phong Ly, CEO of the car research site. “It’s important for consumers to do the proper research and anticipate their long-term needs when making this important investment to ensure their vehicle will stand the test of time.”

 

 

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