Your car (possibly) for the next 15 years

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What will you be driving 15 years from now?

Get behind the wheel of one of these models and you may have your answer.

Following are the 15 new cars owners are most likely to keep for 15 years or more, according to research – well beyond the seven- to eight-year average.

Fans of Toyota will be spoiled for choice. The Japanese automaker dominates with a broad range of models from its lineup. There are 10 in total, headed by the Highlander SUV and including other utilities, along with pickups, passenger cars and a hybrid.

Two more badges, Honda and Subaru, make this compilation from an all-Japanese affair.


Vehicles owners keep for 15 years or more

With percentage of vehicles kept by original owners and model type

  1. Toyota Highlander, 18.3 percent, midsize SUV
  2. Toyota Sienna, 15.5 percent, minivan
  3. Toyota Tacoma, 14.5 percent, midsize truck
  4. Toyota Tundra, 14.2 percent, full-size truck
  5. Subaru Forester, 12.8 percent, compact SUV
  6. Toyota RAV4, 12.7 percent, compact SUV
  7. Honda Pilot, 12.6 percent, midsize SUV
  8. Honda CR-V, 12.4 percent, compact SUV
  9. Toyota Prius, 11.9 percent, hybrid car
  10. Toyota 4Runner, 11.8 percent, midsize SUV
  11. Honda Odyssey, 11.6 percent, minivan
  12. Toyota Corolla, 11.4 percent, compact car
  13. Toyota Camry, 11 percent, midsize car
  14. Honda Civic, 11 percent, compact car
  15. Toyota Land Cruiser, 10.6 percent, luxury full-size SUV

Average for all cars: 7.7 percent

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

When it comes to brand, Korean and U.S. automakers join the mix. Here are the brands with most vehicles kept for 15 years or longer.


Top brands owners keep for 15 years or more

With percentage of vehicles kept by original owners

  1. Toyota, 12.7 percent
  2. Subaru, 11 percent
  3. Honda, 10.6 percent
  4. Hyundai, 8.3 percent
  5. Mazda, 7.5 percent
  6. Lexus, 7.4 percent
  7. Kia, 7.3 percent
  8. Nissan, 7.1 percent
  9. GMC, 7.1 percent
  10. Chevrolet, 6.9 percent

Average for all cars: 7.7 percent


Keeping your car may help your finances

Besides low-maintenance costs, keeping a reliable car for an extended period may benefit your finances in other ways. It enables you to pay off any financing used for the purchase, ride out depreciation and enjoy full ownership with no payments. Learn more about avoiding an upside-down loan and reaching positive equity on your car.

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