15. Ford Explorer
Where did the actual SUV craze come from? This vehicle right here. The Explorer changed the game in every aspect. If you wanted an SUV that could go off-roading and was still livable, the Explorer offered both. The earliest models came with the decked out Eddie Bauer trim while still managing exceptional fuel economy. The Explorer was more refined than the Blazer in every aspect, which is why the SUV has remained a top seller for almost 30 years. Explorer owners tend to hold onto their vehicles for an average of 8.8 years.
These mid-size sport utility vehicles are robust and durable. The early model Explorers are easy to work on and fairly reliable. Maintenance is cheap and you can find a 90s Explorer with the same V8 engine you’d find in the Mustang. The Explorer was also famously featured in the motion picture Jurassic Park. At the end of the day, if you want an SUV you can hang onto for decades, the Explorer (at least in its original form) is going to be it.