If the longer you own a vehicle translates into the more you love it, then the Chevrolet Corvette is the most beloved sports car in America.
No surprise to the enthusiasts who enjoy this blog, huh?
An annual study by the car search engine iSeeCars.com reveals that the average number of years that Corvette owners keep their cars is 10.5 years – second only to the top-ranked Toyota Land Cruiser at 11.4 years.
“While the average new car buyer holds onto their car for 8.4 years, there is a wide variety of cars that owners are more likely to keep longer,” said iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly. “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.”
iSeeCars.com reached its conclusions after studying more than 5 million vehicles sold by their original owners between Jan. 1, 2014 and Dec. 31, 2018, as they attempted to figure out which models are kept the longest.
The average length of ownership for the top 10 models ranges from 9.7 to 11.4 years, some 14.9 percent to 35 percent longer than the average of 8.4 years.
Joining the Corvette and Land Cruiser in the top 10 list are the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class at 10.3 years, Audi TT at 10.2, Ford Expedition at 10.1, Ford Mustang and Toyota 4Runner at 10.0, Porsche 911 and Toyota Sequoia at 9.9, and Toyota Avalon at 9.7.
“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,” said Ly. “With the exception of the Porsche 911, which is the coupe body style, the sports cars on the list are the convertible versions. Convertibles are the least-driven vehicle segment and accrue 60% less mileage than the average vehicle.”
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