Looking for a new car? Check out our newly redesigned 'Cars For Sale' experience!
  • Image Credit: UniversalImagesGroup via Getty Images

How long will you keep your current car?

On average, Americans keep their cars a total of 7.4 years. That means people sell their vehicles about two years after they are fully paid off. But some vehicles stay in their original owners' driveways much longer.

Phong Ly, CEO of automotive research firm iSeeCars.com, says, “Many factors could contribute to a car’s longevity such as its function as shown by the dominance of family vehicles, or because of a fondness of a timeless classic like the Chevrolet Corvette.”

To come up with these stats, iSeeCars.com analyzed more than 6 million used vehicles sold by their original owners. Click on the image above to get started.

  • Image Credit: Honda

Honda Odyssey: 8.3 years

The Honda Odyssey is the only minivan you'll see on this list of cars that owners keep the longest. According to Ly, “Minivans are the consummate family vehicle, and owners are likely to hold onto them until their children are grown and no longer need assistance entering and exiting the car.”

Honda Odyssey Information

Honda Odyssey
  • Image Credit: Ford

Ford Taurus: 8.3 years

The Ford Taurus is one of three five-passenger sedans on this list. These days, sedans are waning in popularity as Americans flock to sport utility vehicles and crossovers in droves, but a big, roomy, comfortable model like the Taurus is a pretty nice vehicle in which to rack up some miles.

Ford Taurus Information

Ford Taurus
  • Image Credit: Honda

Honda Accord: 8.3 years

The second Honda and second sedan on this list, the Accord is known for its reliability. It's also one of the best-selling vehicles in America.

Honda Accord Information

Honda Accord
  • Image Credit: Chevrolet

Chevy Suburban: 8.4 years

It's big, it's roomy, and it's durable. Those are all good reasons why Americans are apt to hold on to their Chevy Suburban sport utility vehicles. Vehicles like this are often used by families heavy into outdoor activities and camping, and they often rack up lots of miles without changing ownership.

Chevrolet Suburban Information

Chevrolet Suburban
  • Image Credit: Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer: 8.4 years

The Ford Explorer is on of the most popular sport utility vehicles in America, and owners tend to hold on to them for a long time. “These vehicles tend to be family haulers, which means that parents are likely to keep them for longer than average and not replace them until a large family vehicle is no longer necessary,” said Ly.

Ford Explorer Information

Ford Explorer
  • Image Credit: Toyota

Toyota Avalon: 8.6 years

We've seen the Ford Taurus and Honda Accord already on this list. The third and final sedan on this list is the Toyota Avalon. “Coincidentally, these three vehicles are also the top three sedans on the iSeeCars list of longest-lasting vehicles likely to reach 200,000 miles in this same order,” said Ly.

Toyota Avalon Information

Toyota Avalon
  • Image Credit: Toyota

Toyota 4Runner: 8.8 years

You'll see three models from Toyota on this list of vehicles that owners tend to keep the longest. The 4Runner is known for reliability, which is one solid reason why its original owner might want to hold on to it so much longer than average.

Toyota 4Runner Information

Toyota 4Runner
  • Image Credit: Toyota Sequoia

Toyota Sequoia: 8.9 years

The Toyota Sequoia is one of three seven-passenger SUVs on this list of vehicles that owners keep the longest. We're not surprised. Large families tend to buy these durable people movers, and they tend to rack up lots of miles and take a beating.

Toyota Sequoia Information

Toyota Sequoia
  • Image Credit: Chevy

Chevy Corvette: 9.0 years

The only sportscar on this list is the Chevy Corvette. Says Ly, “Sports cars tend to not be primary vehicles, which is why owners might hold on to them longer than the average car since they are not subjected to as much wear and tear.”

Chevrolet Corvette Information

Chevrolet Corvette
  • Image Credit: Ford Expedition

Ford Expedition: 9.0 years

Another big, hulking SUV. It's not surprising to see that owners tend to keep their Ford Expeditions a long time. The 'ute is based on a truck chassis, and there aren't that many options out there with a similar set of capabilities. Families can load the Expedition up with kids, cargo, or anything else, and can tow pretty much any reasonably sized trailer for sale in America.

Ford Expedition Information

Ford Expedition
Share This Photo X