Not surprisingly, the list of Top 10 cars owners hold onto the longest are all Toyotas and Hondas. Every. Single. One.
Almost 30 percent of people who buy a Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 or Prius will keep it for more than 10 years, according to new data from a poll. Japanese cars (specifically Toyota and Honda) dominate even the Top 15 list, with just one Subaru making the cut; the Forester comes in as the No. 11 most-kept car with 22.9 percent of original owners still driving the car after 10 years.
The industry average for the percent of original owners who have their cars after 10 years is 13.5 percent. Reliability and customer satisfaction is a huge factor in how long owners keep their cars.
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The data also showed that domestic Big Three pickup trucks scored below the industry average with 13.1 percent of Chevrolet Silverado buyers reporting keeping their trucks 10 years or longer, 11.7 percent for Ram 1500 buyers and 11.4 percent of Ford F-150 buyers. This quicker turnaround could be due to the fact that pickups are typically put under more strenuous working conditions and get damaged and rack up more mileage quicker than a regular family car.
Here are the Top 10 cars owners keep the longest and the percent of original owners still holding the car for at least 10 years:
10. Honda Element – 23.1%
9. Honda Pilot – 23.3%
8. Toyota Avalon – 23.8%
7. Toyota Camry – 24.4%
6. Toyota Sienna – 25.4%
5. Honda Odyssey – 25.6%
4. Toyota HighLander – 26.5%
3. Toyota RAV4 – 28.2%
2. Toyota Prius – 28.5%
1. Honda CR-V – 28.6%