Special Report

Popular Cars People Keep the Longest

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11. Honda Civic
> Share of original owners who kept their Honda Civic for 15+ years: 6.7%

The only compact sedan among the top 10 most popular autos in the U.S., the Honda Civic was introduced as a subcompact two-door car in the 1973 model year. Over the decades, it has been redesigned 10 times, growing into a compact sedan. If you spot a 2006 Honda Civic, it might be a sedan, a coupe or a hatchback.

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10. Subaru Outback
> Share of original owners who kept their Subaru Outback for 15+ years: 6.8%

The Subaru Outback evolved from the Subaru Legacy station wagon, becoming a fully separate model in the 1996 model year. It has become America’s favorite wagon, accounting for 17 out of 20 station wagons sold in 2019, according to Road and Track. If you spot a 2006 Outback, it might even have the L.L. Bean trim package with perforated leather upholstery.

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9. Honda Accord
> Share of original owners who kept their Honda Accord for 15+ years: 7.2%

Introduced in the 1977 model year as a compact hatchback, the Accord has been one of the most popular cars in the United States since 1989, when a sedan, coupe and wagon were added to the nameplate One thing that may have made the Accord popular is its high rankings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in crash tests.

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8. Toyota Camry
> Share of original owners who kept their Toyota Camry for 15+ years: 8.5%

As one of Toyota’s top-selling cars, the Camry is a mid-size sedan that was originally introduced in 1982 as a compact car. It has enjoyed wide popularity and has been the best-selling passenger car in America for many years. In 2018, Consumer Reports ranked the Camry No. 1 on its list of “10 Cars Proven to Get to 200,000 Miles and Beyond.”

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7. Toyota RAV4
> Share of original owners who kept their Toyota RAV4 for 15+ years: 8.7%

The Toyota RAV4 hit U.S. streets in the 1995 model year and it has become the best-selling non-pickup in America. Like the Honda CR-V, an older RAV4 model can be easily spotted with its externally mounted spare tire. In the 2009 model year Toyota began phasing out the external spare tire and since the 2013 model year it has been eliminated on all versions of the RAV4.