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You Can Keep These Cars for 15 Years or Longer

There are only a few car brands that create vehicles that are meant to last. Keep these cars for 15 years or longer, and be confident in your choice of vehicle.

By Sherry CampbellPublished 6 years ago 5 min read

I personally have experienced the truth that lies in the concept of keeping cars for 15 years or longer. My own parents bought their first brand new car together a little before I was born, and brought me home from the hospital in it. Then, 17 years later, when my senior year of high school came around and I first received my driver's license, guess what I drove to school every day? You guessed it, that's same old car.

Now, it all depends on how you treat your car, of course, and the life expectancy on the model. But it is very possible to keep a car in your family for over 15 years. These are ten car brands that will last you; you might see a bit of a pattern.

Toyota Highlander

As our number one spot of the top cars to keep for over 15 years, the Toyota Highlander is one of the most reliable SUVs money can buy. And their satisfaction ratings are the perfect proof. Since 2000, the crossover SUV has been pleasing its customers, as 18.3 percent of owners have kept their cars for at least 15 years.

Now that you're aware that you can keep these cars for 15 years or longer, it is important to acknowledge the brand new 2018 Mid-size SUV that has been recently released. The update is said to be the next best thing when it comes to the SUV.

And US sales throughout the years are proof of the car's success, growing up to 215,775 car sales in 2017, their best year yet.

Honda CR-V SUV

Before we get into the plethora of different Toyota models, we want to be sure to give some props to Honda's CR-V SUV. You can keep these cars for 15 years or longer, and since being made in 1995, they have not disappointed their customers. With 11.9 percent of owners maintaining their cars for over 15 years, we'd say that's a very successful model.

Honda will forever be recognized for their trustability and this car is no exception. First created with the Honda Civic platform and SUV body design, the SUV is a mid-range utility vehicle that is both comfortable and compact. Most known for its safety and durability, this is a vehicle that will stay in the family for years to come.

Toyota Prius

First manufactured in 1997, the Toyota Prius is a full hybrid electric automobile that was recognized as one of the cleanest vehicles sold in the United States in regards to smog-forming emission. Of course, best known for its long-lasting build, the car is the second most fuel efficient gasoline-powered car in the United States, falling just behind the Hyundai Ioniq Blue.

The Prius, meaning "first" or "original" in Latin, is the world's first mass-produced hybrid car. A great way to go green, it has been proven that Prius drivers hang onto their vehicles for up to 15 years, up to 15 percent!

Toyota Sienna

A great option for a family looking to purchase a vehicle for the long run, the Toyota Sienna is a definite favorite. Since 1997, the reliable minivan went through a multitude of different model changes, but still remains one of the most classic buys for a ton of space and a ton of family members.

You can keep these cars for 15 years or longer and be confident in its safety, as it won the "Top Safety Pick" award from the Insurance Institue for Highway Safety just a few years ago. Earning almost all five-star ratings for it's NHTSA crash test rating, this is a vehicle you can trust to fill with your family.

Honda Odyssey

Surprise, not a Toyota, but yet another Honda, the Odyssey is yet another minivan that is worthy of a full 15 years in the family garage. This vehicle is one that up to 13 percent of models were in the possession of the original owner for up to 15 years.

A trustworthy van that has been in production since 1994, this minivan is one that is well worth getting behind the wheel for years to come. And today, it is in its fourth and fifth generation already. First created in Japan, the vehicle's size and concept was a hit worldwide, and still continues to be for diehard Honda fans, simply for lovers of safety and versatility.

Acura MDX

The Acura MDX is a luxury crossover that is loved by every owner. You can keep these cars for 15 years or longer and standing for multi-dimensional luxury, the vehicle is a mid-size three-row crossover that has been ranked as the second-best selling luxury crossover.

Since 2000, it's first year on the market, the car's success has been prominent. And the ratings are the perfect proof of this. With 11.6 percent of owners having kept the car for 15 plus years, we'd say that's a successful model. And even after 15 years, the cars are still sellable, building the used car business.

Toyota Tacoma

Back to Toyota, the Toyota Tacoma is most known for its durability. A very popular pickup truck, the Tacoma has been on the road since 1995. And today, it has been proven that up to 12.4 percent of its owners have held onto the truck for 15 years and above.

A midsize pickup, the Toyota Tacoma continues to alter their models for even more safety enhancements. In 2018, there have been many upgrades including Toyota Safety Sense P Technology and an updated grille. Capable of performing most tasks, the truck is one that will remain in the family for years to come due to its safety, durability, and versatility.

Toyota Camry Sedan

The Toyota Camry Sedan has been on the market for over 35 years, first was released in 1982. Not only can you keep these cars for 15 years or longer, but it is one of the oldest cars to make it on this recommendation list. Over 11 percent of owners keep their cars for 15 plus years, and that's a lot to say about a model that was first created in 82.

Known to be one of the top reliable cars on the market, customer ratings are through the roof when it comes to safety. If you need a car that will take you from point A to point B for up to 15 years, this is the car for you.

Toyota Avalon

Toyota's largest front-wheel-drive sedan, 11.7 percent of Toyota Avalon's owners keep their vehicles for 15 or more years. Sold since 1994, the full-size car was built in the same plant as the Camry, another great long-term vehicle.

Now in its fifth generation, that is a tell-tale sign that the vehicle is a huge success. Known for its durability and versatility, this is a car that will be kept in your driveway for years to come, with little trouble.

Toyota Tundra

To complete our list of the best long-lasting cars, of course we had to end on a Toyota. 5.7 percent of the Toyota Tundra's owners hold onto their vehicles for up to 15 years. Not only can you can keep these trucks for 15 years or longer, but you will effortlessly put trust into the vehicle, no matter how old it is, or how many miles it has.

First produced in 1999, the pickup truck was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award as well as being awarded with Motor Trend magazine's Truck of the Year in both 2000 and 2008.

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Sherry Campbell

Second grade teacher by day, at home therapist for two middle school daughters by night.

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