How long will you keep your current car?
On average, Americans keep their cars a total of 8.4 years. That's a full year longer than the average ownership period reported in 2018, but it still means people sell their vehicles just a few years after they are fully paid off. But some vehicles stay in their original owners' driveways much longer.
“If a vehicle is consistently kept longer than average, it suggests that it is reliable and that its owners enjoy driving it,” said iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly. “Whether you want a large hauler, a practical sedan, or a flashy sports car, there is a vehicle to suit your needs that will stand the test of time.”
Interestingly, the list is made up almost entirely of sportscars and SUVs, with one large sedan thrown in for good measure.
To come up with these stats, iSeeCars.com analyzed more than 5 million used vehicles sold by their original owners between Jan. 1, 2014 and Dec. 31, 2018. Click on the image above to get started.
Toyota Avalon: 9.7 years
The first vehicle on the list of cars that owners keep the longest stands out because it isn't a sportscar or SUV.
“The Toyota Avalon is a spacious sedan that offers ample cargo room that is consistently at the top of its class for vehicle rankings, “ said Ly. “It’s a reliable alternative for those who want a comfortable vehicle but don’t require the cargo space of an SUV or a minivan.”
Toyota Sequoia: 9.9 years
The Toyota Sequoia is one of four three-row 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.
Porsche 911: 9.9 years
The Porsche 911 kicks off one of two trends you'll see as you scroll through the remainder of this list. It's a sportscar — in fact, some enthusiasts consider it the quintessential vehicle of its ilk — but unlike the others, iSeeCars.com says the 911 that owners keep the longest are hardtops.
“With the exception of the Porsche 911, which is the coupe bodystyle, the sports cars on the list are the convertible versions," said Ly. "Convertibles are the least-driven vehicle segment and accrue 60% less mileage than the average vehicle.”
Toyota 4Runner: 10 years
You'll see four 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.
Ford Mustang: 10 years
“Because sports cars aren’t typically used as primary vehicles, owners likely aren’t as concerned with having the latest and greatest technology and safety features,” said Ly. There may be some truth to that, but we'd also guess the rumble and burble of a classic American V8 engine and the notion of wind-in-the-hair cruising might also work in the Mustang's favor.
Ford Expedition: 10.1 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.
Audi TT: 10.2 years
Mercedes-Benz SL: 10.3 years
The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class doesn't quite fit into the same category as the other sportscars on this list. Whereas the other high-performance cars on this list are known for track-ready performance, the SL is a luxurious grand tourer that coddles two passengers and their luggage.
Chevy Corvette: 10.5 years
There's a brand-new Corvette for 2020, with a mid-engine design for the first time in the car's eight-generation history. This number obviously applies to the previous seven generations. Chevy's long-running sportscar is an icon, and it has always packed performance that punches well above its pricepoint would seemingly indicate. We're not surprised that owners are so likely to hold on to them.
Toyota Land Cruiser: 11.4 years
And now we come to the vehicle that owners keep longer than any other. “Toyotas are known for their reliability and longevity, so owners may choose to keep them on the road because they are still running well and don’t require expensive repairs,” said Ly.
And the Toyota Land Cruiser in particular is known all across the globe as a reliable and dependable four-wheel-drive utility vehicle. And here in the States, it's leather-lined and chock full of high-tech goodies. No wonder owners tend to keep driving them for so many years.