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Ranked: Top 15 vehicles owners keep for 15 years or longer

Americans usually keep their vehicles for about seven years. That's about how long a vehicle generation lasts, so it makes sense that they would be buying a next-gen model once the new one comes out. Still, there are people out there (we all know them) that say things like, "I'm going to drive it until the wheels fall off."

Long after the warranties have expired and the new model smell has gone away, the vehicles on this list are still sitting in driveways. To find out which vehicles are sticking around in driveways, iSeeCars analyzed over 350,000 cars to determine which models are most likely kept by owners for 15 years or more.

No. 15 - Toyota Land Cruiser

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser

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The formidable Land Cruiser is more loved overseas than in the U.S., but that doesn't mean that American owners are quick to get rid of them.

No. 14 - Honda Civic

2020 Honda Civic

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The Honda Civic is nearly as popular a buy as its big sister, the Honda Accord. Eleven percent of them are still on the road after 15 years, that's 1.4 times longer than the average vehicle.

No. 13 - Toyota Camry

2020 Toyota Camry

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Eleven percent of Toyota Camrys are still on the road after 15 years. That's 1.4 times longer than the average car.

No. 12 - Toyota Corolla

2016 Toyota Corolla

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The Toyota Corolla is all-new for the 2020 model year. Still, there's plenty of old ones out there. They last 1.5 times longer than the average car in parking spots across the U.S. and 11.4 percent of them last longer than 15 years.

No. 11 - Honda Odyssey

2020 Honda Odyssey

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The Honda Odyssey is one of America's favorite minivans. The three-row family hauler is kept 1.5 items longer than the average car and 11.6 percent of them are still on the road after 15 years.

No. 10 - Toyota 4Runner

2020 Toyota 4Runner

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As one of the classic off-roaders on the market, the 4Runner has a lot to offer buyers. They're also known to last a long time, in fact, 1.5 times the average length of vehicle ownership. A decade and a half after being purchased, 11.8% of them are still in driveways.

No. 9 - Toyota Prius

2020 Toyota Prius

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The Toyota Prius is still one of the best-selling cars in the U.S. It sticks around in driveways too, lasting 1.5 times longer than the average vehicle. After 15 years, 11.9 percent of them are still on the road.

No. 8 - Honda CR-V

2020 Honda CR-V

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The Honda CR-V is also beloved by Americans with over a quarter of a million purchased in 2019. After 15 years, 12.4 percent of them on the road. That's 1.6 times longer than the average car.

No. 7 - Honda Pilot

2020 Honda Pilot

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The Honda Pilot is the automaker's lone non-minivan three-row SUV model. Owners keep them 1.6 times longer than the average car and 12.6 percent of them are still being driven after 15 years.

No. 6 - Toyota RAV4

2020 Toyota RAV4

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The Toyota RAV4 is America's top-selling SUV. It's also one of the models that Americans keep around for a long time. It sticks around homes 1.6 times longer than the average car and 15 years in, there's still 12.7 percent of them on the road.

No. 5 - Subaru Forester

2020 Subaru Forester

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The lone Subaru on this list sticks around in driveways 1.7 times longer than the average car and after 15 years, 12.8 percent of them are still on the road.

No. 4 - Toyota Tundra

2020 Toyota Tundra

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The Toyota Tundra is the biggest truck Toyota sells and it's known as being highly reliable. After 15 years, 14.2 percent of them are still on the road, which is 1.8 times longer than the average vehicle.

No. 3 - Toyota Tacoma

2020 Toyota Tacoma

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top-selling midsize pickuThe Toyota Tacoma is America's top-selling midsize pickup and it looks like they're loved for a long time. iSeeCars research indicates that Tacoma owners keep their vehicles 1.9 times longer than the average car. After 15 years, 14.5 percent of them are still on the road.

No. 2 - Toyota Sienna

2020 Toyota Sienna

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The average Toyota Sienna is kept twice as long as most people keep their cars. After a decade and a half, 15.5 percent of Siennas are still on the road.

No. 1 - Toyota Highlander

2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

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The Toyota Highlander is kept an average of 2.4 times longer than the average car. After 15 years, 18.3 percent of Highlanders are still on the road.

Ford has confirmed details about the forthcoming Bronco debut.

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The day we knew would arrive is almost here. Reporting by Automotive News from the NADA Show has revealed when we can expect to see the 2021 Ford Bronco and a host of other details enthusiasts will want to know about.

First things first. The 2021 Ford Bronco will officially be revealed in March. This is likely to happen at a private event that will stream live on Ford's social channels similar to how the 2020 Ford Explorer was revealed. The public will likely not be able to get close and personal with the SUV until the New York Auto Show in mid-April.

2021 Ford Bronco Sport In 2018, Ford teased that a junior version of the Bronco was coming.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Speaking of the New York Auto Show, that's when we'll likely see the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, a smaller variant of the Bronco that's about the same size as the 2020 Ford Escape.

Like the 2020 Land Rover Defender, the Bronco will come in two- and four-door variants. Those doors, as well as the SUV's hardtop roof, will be removable and are designed to store inside the Bronco's cargo area.

Late last year, AutomotiveMap captured the sound of the Bronco's powertrain in action.

The Bronco Sport is likely to go on sale this year with the Bronco following in 2021. Ford dealers will likely accept pre-sale orders of the vehicle so it could be a while before shoppers see one languishing on dealership lots. The SUV will be sold at every Ford dealership in the U.S.

In an effort to keep buyers from heading straight from the dealership to the aftermarket shop, Ford will roll out a long list of accessories at the same time as the models. This fits in with a growing trend amongst automakers and something Ford has seen success with in Ranger and Explorer model rollouts. Automotive News reports that dealerships were told that accessories will be available at launch.

The debut of the Bronco and Bronco Sport comes at a time when Ford is on a roll revealing desirable new product. In the last two years there have been redesigned Escape, Explorer, and Expedition models arrive on dealership lots. The Ranger and Mustang Mach-E have debuted. Ford has recently refreshed the Super Duty, GT, and Mustang, and brought the EcoSport to the U.S.

The company recently announced the FordPass Charging Network in support of future electric vehicle charging and expanded the model lineup to include new trim levels and packages for some of its best-selling products like the Expedition, Explorer, Ranger, and F-Series.

The Hyundai Nexo is noted for its well-designed headlights.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has announced its results from the latest round of testing. Five vehicles came out on top earning the highest headlight score across all trim levels.

How does IIHS test? According to their website:

IIHS engineers measure the reach of a vehicle's headlights as the vehicle travels straight and on curves. Sensors on the track measure how far from the vehicle the light extends with an intensity of at least 5 lux. A lux is a unit of illuminance, or the amount of light falling on a surface. For comparison, a full moon on a cloudless night illuminates the ground below to about 1 lux.

Both low beams and high beams are measured on five approaches, shown in the graphic below:
- Straightaway
- Gradual left curve (800-foot radius)
- Gradual right curve (800-foot radius)
- Sharp left curve (500-foot radius)
- Sharp right curve (500-foot radius)

On each approach, visibility measurements are taken on the right edge of the roadway. On the curves, measurements also are taken on the left edge of the travel lane. On the straightaway, the second measurement is taken at a point corresponding to the left edge of a two-lane road. This allows the engineers to gauge the illumination on both the right and left side of a straightaway, which are typically quite different. With most headlights, there is a steep drop-off in light on the left side of a straight road in order to prevent glare to oncoming vehicles.

Glare for oncoming vehicles is also measured from low beams in each scenario. Engineers record the percentage by which it exceeds a set threshold.

Headlights are tested as received from the dealer. Although many headlight problems could be resolved by adjusting the aim of the lamps, IIHS doesn't change headlight aim. Few vehicle owners adjust the vertical aim of their headlights, so leaving the aim the way it was set at the factory makes the testing more realistic. Horizontal aim also is important, but in most vehicles it can't be changed after the initial factory setting.

Readings are taken 10 inches from the ground for visibility and 3 feet, 7 inches from the ground for glare.

IIHS testers use a system of demerits to rate the headlights. Low beams are weighted more heavily than high beams. Straighway readings are weighted more heavily than curved ratings because crashes happen most often on straight roads. Vehicles equipped with high-beam assist get their low beam demerits reduced.

All the vehicles on this list earned a perfect "Good" score in IIHS headlight testing across all trim levels.

2020 Honda Insight

2020 Honda Insight

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The 2020 Honda Insight comes standard with multi-element LED headlights. The Insight starts at $22,930.

Hyundai Nexo

2020 Hyundai Nexo

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The 2020 Hyundai Nexo comes standard with LED headlights, daytime running lights, and taillights. Automatic headlights are also standard. Hyundai prices the Nexo starting at $58,735.

Lexus NX

2019 Lexus NX

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Lexus has equipped the 2020 Lexus NX with standard automatic headlights. Premium triple-beam LED headlights and enhanced LED daytime running lights with integrated turn indicators are available. The Lexus NX starts at $36,870.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

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The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid comes standard with LED steering responsive headlights and LED fog lights. The Crosstrek Hybrid starts at $35,145.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

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The Tesla Model 3 starts at $39,990 and comes standard with LED headlights and taillights. Automatic high beams are standard and fog lights are available.