Special Report

Popular Cars People Keep the Longest

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6. Toyota Corolla
> Share of original owners who kept their Toyota Corolla for 15+ years: 8.9%

Introduced in the United States in 1968, the Toyota Corolla is the world’s best-selling passenger car, with more than 30 million sold in more than 140 countries. Over the decades, Corollas have been manufactured as sedans, coupes, hatchbacks and wagons.

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5. Toyota 4Runner
> Share of original owners who kept their Toyota 4Runner for 15+ years: 9.4%

Originally introduced as a compact SUV, the 4Runner was upgraded to a mid-size SUV for the 1996 model year. A relatively safe vehicle, the 4Runner had one of the lowest death rates for all vehicles on the road for the 2003 and 2004 model years in an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety report published in 2007.

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4. Subaru Forester
> Share of original owners who kept their Subaru Forester for 15+ years: 9.8%

This compact crossover SUV has been available in the United States since the 1998 model year. It was one of the first crossover SUVs, which are essentially passenger cars with a higher stance. The Forester has been redesigned four times. In a 15-year-old version of the auto, you might find a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine.

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3. Honda CR-V
> Share of original owners who kept their Honda CR-V for 15+ years: 10.7%

The CR-V is Honda’s best-selling car and once people buy one they tend to hold on to it. The first-generation CR-V (“comfortable runabout vehicle” or “compact recreational vehicle”) was introduced in the 1997 model year and was produced through the 2001 model year. You can still see many of those cars on the road today. You can tell that a CR-V is at least 15 years old by the spare tire mounted on the rear door. That feature was eliminated in the 2007 model year.

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

Introduced in the 1995 model year, the Toyota Tacoma has become the best-selling mid-size pickup in the United States. In the model years 1995 through 2004, it was classified as a compact pickup. A redesign for the 2005 model year created a bigger, more powerful Tacoma, with 18 different configurations.