These cars are still good to drive even a decade later making them stand out from most other cars.
Just as the U.S. population is aging with the Baby Boomer generation passing into retirement, the nation’s fleet of cars and trucks is likewise approaching senior citizen status. The average age of all light-duty vehicles in the U.S. has reached a new all-time high of 11.5 years according to IHS Automotive. A separate study conducted byAutoMD.com found that two in three consumers are now driving vehicles with over 100K miles on the odometer.
Not only do those numbers account for a majority of models being piloted by their second or third owners, an average 13.5 percent of cars a decade or older are held onto by their initial purchasers, according to a study conducted by the car shopping website iSeeCars.com, with some models boasting over 26 percent long-term ownership.
At that, 15 models were found to be at least 1.5 times more likely to kept by their original owners. All of them are imports, including nine Toyotas, five Hondas and a single Subaru; we’re featuring the full list with pertinent percentages noted in the accompanying slideshow.
“While it’s not surprising that many Toyotas and Hondas made the list as they have based their reputations on reliability, what is surprising is the makeup of the cars,” says Phong Ly, iSeeCars.com’s CEO. To that end, 10 out of the top 15 models cited are crossover SUVs and minivans. “These vehicles tend to be largely family cars, so if people buy these cars when they are just starting their families, it stands to reason that these cars would suit them for many years,” says Ly.