If you buy a new Honda Accord or Toyota Camry in the Buffalo area, chances are you will own it for quite a while: an average of 7.3 years.
Those two vehicles came out on top in an analysis of which new vehicles in the region were kept the longest conducted by iSeeCars, an automotive research site and search engine. The site studied 6 million vehicles sold by their original owners across the country, and broke out results specifically for the Buffalo area.
The analysis was restricted to vehicles that were kept for at least five years, to exclude the impact of short-term leases on the data.
The average new car in the Buffalo area was kept for 6.6 years, shorter than the statewide average of 6.8 years and the national average of 7.4 years.
"One thing that could contribute to that is Buffalo weather can be hard on vehicles," said Julie Blackley, who wrote the study for iSeeCars. "That could be one reason the [Buffalo] average wasn't as high."
Some other details about the Buffalo results:
• Honda and Toyota dominated the list of the longest-kept new vehicles, with eight of the top 10. "Hondas and Toyotas tend to do really well on our lists, in terms of reliability," Blackley said.
• A mix of vehicle types made Buffalo's top 10: four sedans, two trucks, two SUVs and two minivans.
• Hondas were owned an average of eight years, the longest of any brand in the Buffalo area.
Nationally, the new vehicle owned the longest was the Ford Expedition, for an average of nine years. No luxury vehicles made the top 10; Blackley said that might be because many of those vehicles are leased.
There was a lot of overlap between the national list of longest-owned cars and vehicles that were most likely to reach the 200,000-mile mark, Blackley said.