- The new cars that owners keep the longest are mostly sports cars and SUVs, according to a study by iSeeCars.com.
- The only car on the list that isn't a sports car or SUV is the Toyota Avalon, a full-size sedan.
- The longest retained new car is the Toyota Land Cruiser, which owners keep for an average of 11.4 years.
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The new cars that owners keep the longest before reselling are mostly sports cars and SUVs, according to a study by car search engine iSeeCars.com.
Most owners keep their new cars for an average of 8.4 years, but the ten vehicles on the list averaged 9.7 to 11.4 years.
Almost all the sports cars on the list — with the exception of the Porsche 911 in the coupe body style — are the convertible versions. iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly claims this is because convertibles are the least-driven type of car and typically amass 60% fewer miles than the average car.
"Sports cars typically aren't daily drivers and don't accrue high mileage as a result, so it takes them longer to show signs of wear and tear," Ly said in a prepared statement. "Because sports cars aren't typically used as primary vehicles, owners likely aren't as concerned with having the latest and greatest technology and safety features."
iSeeCars.com analyzed over 5 million cars to identify which models were kept the longest before being sold by their original owners between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2018. Cars owned for less than five years were excluded from the data set.
Check out the new cars owners keep the longest: