The longest-lasting cars and trucks – Vehicles that go the extra mile


If you’re looking to buy a car from among the longest lasting and most reliable on the road, you’re in good company. Many buyers in the U.S. consider the longevity of a vehicle to be important when shopping.

Often, buyers do not actually intend to own the vehicle for its entire lifespan, but rather, they see a correlation between longevity and a vehicle that is mechanically dependable with routine maintenance.

In reality, this correlation does not always hold; sometimes vehicles that last a long time require more maintenance than others to do so. Even so, buyers still often associate a long-lasting car with day-to-day reliability.

Automotive research firm has published the results of a 2017 study that may help buyers with their choices in these matters. To find the longest-lasting cars, the research analyzed 13 million pre-owned vehicles on the road to discover the highest percentages with over 200,000 miles. The results highlight the top 14 longest-lasting vehicles where at least two percent of models sold have more than 200K on the clock, compared to 1.3 percent for the average model.

Top 14 longest-lasting vehicles

  • 1. Ford Expedition
  • 2. Toyota Sequoia
  • 3. Chevrolet Suburban
  • 4. Toyota 4Runner
  • 5. GMC Yukon XL
  • 6. Chevrolet Tahoe
  • 7. GMC Yukon
  • 8. Toyota Avalon
  • 9. Toyota Tacoma
  • T10. Honda Accord
  • T10. Honda Odyssey
  • 12. Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • 13. Ford F-150
  • 14. GMC Sierra 1500

Large SUVs appear to be the way to go if you want something for the long haul as they dominate this list. Headed by the Ford Expedition, they fill the top seven places, while pickup trucks, led by the Toyota Tacoma in ninth position, also fare well with four entries in the top 14. The Toyota Avalon and Honda Accord sedans, along with the Honda Odyssey minivan, complete the roll call.

Contrary to many expectations, eight of the vehicles on the list are of American make, from Ford, Chevrolet and GMC. (However, “American make” can be a blurry category.)

Why did popular sedans and compact vehicles fare so poorly?

The study showed that the owners of the seven SUVs included on the list drove an average of 14,407 miles a year, 14 percent more than the average vehicle.

“Super-sized SUVs, such as the Ford Expedition, Toyota Sequoia, and Chevrolet Suburban, are often workhorses for families,” said Phong Ly, CEO. And the miles quickly add up in these situations. “For parents who don’t want to drive a minivan, these are the vehicles of choice to transport the kids from one activity to the next. They typically transport eight people and usually have significant towing capacity for active families who boat or camp,” said Ly.

Meanwhile, it’s “no surprise” four pickup trucks are among the longest-lasting vehicles on U.S. roads today as they are often used as high-mileage work vehicles whose owners keep them in good shape, according to Ly. “When you depend on your pickup not just to get you to and from your job, but also to get from one job to the next and carry your work gear, you are going to stay on top of maintenance and necessary repairs,” he said.

Top 16 longest-lasting cars – pickups and SUVs excluded

  • 1. Toyota Avalon
  • T2. Honda Accord
  • T2. Honda Odyssey
  • 4. Ford Taurus
  • T5. Chevrolet Impala
  • T5. Toyota Camry
  • T5. Nissan Maxima
  • 8. Toyota Sienna
  • T9. Honda Civic
  • T9. Dodge Grand Caravan
  • T9. Subaru Legacy
  • T12. Nissan Quest
  • T12. Subaru Outback
  • T12. Toyota Prius
  • T15. Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • T15. Subaru Forester

When trucks and SUVs are stripped out, 16 models have more 200,000-mile cars on the road than the average for this segment of the study. These long-lasting cars are dominated by Japanese companies Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Subaru. The popular Toyota Camry, America’s best-selling car, comes in at number four, alongside the Nissan Maxima and Chevrolet Impala.

Besides the Impala, just two other domestic vehicles, the Ford Taurus and Dodge Grand Caravan, feature.

There are four minivans, the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, Dodge Grand Caravan and Nissan Quest, in the top 16 thanks to their role as “classic family haulers,” while the Toyota Prius, a hybrid, also makes the cut.

Top 7 longest-lasting luxury cars

  • 1. Lincoln Navigator
  • 2. Cadillac Escalade ESV
  • 3. Cadillac Escalade
  • 4. Acura MDX
  • 5. Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • T6. Volvo S60
  • T6. Volvo XC90 also came up with the longest-lasting and most-reliable luxury vehicles, which are led by SUVs. Domestic brands, including Lincoln and Cadillac, are well represented among the seven models that beat the average for 200,000-mile vehicles here. The Mercedes S-Class is the only passenger car on this list.The study looks specifically at what percentages of cars have been on the road for 200,000 miles or more, given a certain model. When looking for a new vehicle it may be the best policy to purchase the type that you like, and that works best for you. Of course, if “what works best for you” is a vehicle that will keep on going (with routine maintenance), you might consider a big SUV.

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