Special Report

Cars Americans Keep the Longest

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5. Toyota Tundra
> Share of original owners who kept their Toyota Tundra for 15+ years: 11.3%

Toyota Tundras have been on the road in the United States since the 2000 model year. Assembled in Princeton, Indiana, it was the first full-size pickup from a Japanese manufacturer to be built in North America. A V6 engine was the base for the Tundra but a V8 was available. For the 2007 model year, a larger Tundra featured towing capacity of up to 10,000 pounds, and a payload capacity of more than 2,000 pounds.

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4. Toyota Sienna
> Share of original owners who kept their Toyota Sienna for 15+ years: 11.5%

The only minivan on the list, the Toyota Sienna was introduced in the 1998 model year. Originally, it was smaller than the minivans of competitors. But in the 2004 model year, the size was increased. For the redesign, chief engineer Yuji Yokoya and his family drove the previous model more than 50,000 miles throughout North America to find design flaws.

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3. Toyota Tacoma
> Share of original owners who kept their Toyota Tacoma for 15+ years: 11.6%

Toyota introduced the Tacoma pickup in the 1995 model year. A compact pickup, it was assembled in the United States and Mexico. For the 2005 model year, the Tacoma was redesigned as a mid-size pickup. The new Tacoma was available in 18 different configurations, that included three cab configurations, four transmissions, two engines, and two bed lengths.

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2. Toyota Highlander
> Share of original owners who kept their Toyota Highlander for 15+ years: 12.4%

A mid-size crossover SUV, the Toyota Highlander is built on the Camry platform. Introduced in the 2001 model year, it had front-wheel drive but offered a four-wheel drive option. For the 2006 model year, Toyota began offering a hybrid version of the Highlander.

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1. Toyota Prius
> Share of original owners who kept their Toyota Prius for 15+ years: 13.7%

A hybrid electric automobile, the Prius has been available in the United States since the 2001 model year. When Toyota introduced the vehicle in Japan in 1997, it was the world’s first mass-produced gasoline-electric hybrid car. After it was offered in the United States, it gained attention in pop culture, often mentioned on the TV sitcom “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” which starred Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Toyota redesigned the Prius for the 2004 model year, making it a compact liftback larger than the Corolla but smaller than the Camry.

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