NEWS: These are your one-owner barn finds for 2028

A new study has revealed which cars are bought new and kept by their original owners the longest. So, if you’re looking for a well-preserved one-owner car in 2028, this is what you’re likely to find. The good news is, all but one on the top 15 list is Japanese, with Toyota comprising a full two-thirds of it. There is, however, some bad news.

The list, compiled by research firm ISeeCars, shows that the people who keep their cars for 15 years or more absolutely love crossovers, minivans, and trucks. If you simply adore the first-gen Toyota Highlander then you’re in luck. Personally, I might pick up a 2017 Sienna SE with the quick-shifting 8-speed automatic in 2042. Hopefully, there’s some Forester X/T turbos in to be barn found as well. Trucks like the Tundra, Tacoma, and Frontier will always have some semblance of cool, but the rest of the list isn’t exactly awe-inspiring.

  1. Toyota Highlander
  2. Toyota Sienna
  3. Toyota Tundra
  4. Toyota Prius
  5. Toyota RAV4
  6. Honda Odyssey
  7. Toyota Sequoia
  8. Toyota Tacoma
  9. Honda CR-V
  10. Toyota Avalon
  11. Acura MDX
  12. Toyota Camry
  13. Subaru Forester
  14. Nissan Frontier
  15. Volkswagen Golf


However, it makes sense that popular selling models would rank at the top of the list. Perhaps ISeeCars should compile a different list, one that ranks the top 15 cars whose original owners keep them for 15-plus years as a percentage of how many were actually sold. That would turn a survey of cold, hard stats into a show of how beloved those cars really are.

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11 Responses to NEWS: These are your one-owner barn finds for 2028

  1. BlitzPig says:

    The future is bleak…

  2. mister k says:

    sienna?!?! pos everybody dumps as soon as they can

    • Mazdax605 says:

      Not true. We’ve had our 06 since Jan 07, and now it’s my daily. I love this car!! It’s no POS either. Maybe one of teh best built cars we’ve ever owned.

  3. Randy says:

    Thinking that they’re all either family-oriented, or utility-minded. You use the sports car to “meet people,” then when you get married and have a kid or 2, time to trade it in and get the family hauler, and keep that budget under control. That means hanging on to it.

    The downside is that, much like the station wagons of the past, by the time they get traded in, or put up for sale, they’re more likely to be pretty chewed up – especially the interior pieces.

    Trucks that are kept go hunting, and hauling, and off-roading, so they probably don’t get turned back out as often as cars, and get pretty well abused. I’d think the biggest “issues” would be the body/suspension/mechanical, so the repairs and restorations hopefully would be easier.

    Plus, there really isn’t all that much of “sports car” on the market anymore…

  4. Jason Ward says:

    Thinking of your international market, can you caption the pics in stories like this with make and model?
    I have no idea what the silver wagon is but looks to me like a Subaru with a Toyota badge on the grill

  5. SHC says:

    I don’t foresee ISeeCars being a credible research firm if this is their best work.

  6. Nigel says:

    Still trying to think of a comment…

  7. Chet Manley says:

    I can only imagine the joy of replacing the intake manifold on a VW GTI 2.0T in 2048.

  8. Bob Cold says:

    That is a total troll website list lol!!

  9. Matchthebox says:

    I love the 1st gen highlander and surprise that no die cast company had made this model yet.

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