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These are the vehicles that Americans keep the longest

In North Texas, Toyotas reign supreme.
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According to a report from iSeeCars.com, 10 of the top 15 cars that U.S. consumers keep the longest are Toyota models. The list is rounded out by four Honda models and the Subaru Forester.

The car search engine and automotive firm used internal data to rank the top 15 cars that were kept by the original owners for at least 15 years - all 15 of the cars were Japanese models.

Coming in first with 18.3 percent, the Toyota Highlander was kept by original owners 2.4 times the average. For a photo tour of the most recent model of the Highlander, click here. 

The only other car kept at least two times the average was the Toyota Sienna, with 15.5 percent.

Other Toyota models on the list include the Tundra, RAV4, Prius, 4Runner, Corolla, Camry and the Land Cruiser. The four Honda models include the Pilot, CR-V, Odyssey and the Civic.

The national rankings were as follows:

1. Toyota Highlander

2. Toyota Sienna (Click here for photos of the most recent model) 

3. Toyota Tacoma (Click here for photos of the most recent model)

4. Toyota Tundra (Click here for photos of the most recent model)

5. Subaru Forester (Click here for photos of the most recent model)

6. Toyota RAV4 (Click here for photos of the most recent model)

7. Honda Pilot (Click here for photos of the most recent model)

8. Honda CR-V (Click here for photos of the most recent model) 

9. Toyota Prius (Click here for photos of the most recent model)

10. Toyota 4Runner (Click here for photos of the most recent model) 

11. Honda Odyssey (Click here for photos of the most recent model)

12. Toyota Corolla (Click here for photos of the most recent model)

13. Toyota Camry (Click here for photos of the most recent model)

14. Honda Civic (Click here for photos of the most recent model)

15. Toyota Land Cruiser (Click here for photos of the most recent model)

In Dallas, the Toyota Highlander was the car with the highest percentage of being kept for more than 15 years, with 22 percent. With 26.8 percent, the Highlander led the list in Houston, while in Austin it was the Toyota Tundra at 20.8 percent.

For DFW specifically, the Toyota Highlander, Tacoma, and Sienna top the list in spots one through three with 22, 20.4 and 17.7 percent, respectively.

On average, only 7 percent of vehicles are kept by the owners for more than 15 years.

Toyota, which has its North American headquarters in Plano, with 12.7 percent, Subaru with 11 percent, and Honda with 10.6 percent are the three brands with the highest percentages of cars that original owners keep for 15 years or more.

Coming in slightly below the average of 7.7 percent was GMC, which has a plant in Arlington, with 7.1 percent.

By analyzing the sale of over 350,000 cars made from 1981 to 2004, the automotive firm determined which car owners were most likely to keep for at least 15 years. Models no longer in production for 2019 or 2020 were not included in the report.

"Japanese vehicles, especially Toyota and Honda, are known for their reliability and durability," said iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly in a prepared statement. "Owners are more likely to hold onto cars that are still dependable and don't require a great deal of expensive maintenance."