You might think the pleasure of driving a sports car would mean clocking endless miles during the course of ownership.
In fact, full-size utilities see much more of the road and are the vehicles we drive the most.
These hardworking haulers have the highest average annual mileages in America, reveal data from iSeeCars.com, based upon the sale of 10-year-old vehicles.
Their extra capacity to accommodate passengers and cargo, which makes them popular with families and businesses alike, is partly why, says the auto research site. Reliability, also, accounts for their high mileage.
To underline that point, eight of the most-driven vehicles also appear in the company’s longest-lasting cars ranking.
Large SUVs have a truck-like, body-on-frame construction which helps to make them durable for the long term.
Owners who use these vehicles for work are also likely to keep up with the essential maintenance that keeps them eating up the miles.
Most-driven is the Chevrolet Suburban with an average annual mileage of 14,862, which is 24 percent more than the study average of nearly 12,000 miles.
“The Suburban is known for its expansive cargo room while comfortably seating up to nine passengers, which makes it popular for large families as well as for fleet and livery use,” said Phong Ly, iSeeCars.com CEO.
Accompanying the Suburban are eight other full-size SUVs and the midsize Honda Pilot, along with Honda Odyssey and Toyota minivans. The Toyota Prius, a fuel-efficient choice for high-mileage drivers, is the only passenger car to join them.
Model, annual mileage and percent above average
- Chevrolet Suburban, 14,862 miles, 24 percent
- GMC Yukon XL, 14,708 miles, 22.7 percent
- Toyota Sequoia, 14,193 miles, 18.4 percent
- Honda Odyssey, 14,120 miles, 17.8 percent
- Chevrolet Tahoe, 14,040 miles, 17.1 percent
- Honda Pilot, 13,920 miles, 16.1 percent
- GMC Yukon, 13,755 miles, 14.7 percent
- Nissan Armada, 13,753 miles, 14.7 percent
- Ford Expedition, 13,704 miles, 14.3 percent
- Cadillac Escalade, 13,615 miles, 13.6 percent
- Toyota Prius, 13,534 miles, 12.1 percent
- Toyota Sienna, 13,442, 12.1 percent
- Toyota Land Cruiser, 13,434, 12.1 percent
And what about those sports cars? They represent seven of the 10 least-driven vehicles, six of which are convertibles.
Model, annual mileage and percent below average
- Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, 4,272 miles, 64.4 percent
- Porsche 911 Convertible, 4,360 miles, 63.6 percent
- Porsche 911 Coupe, 4,405 miles, 63.3 percent
- Chevrolet Corvette Coupe, 4,693 miles, 60.9 percent
- Maserati Quattroporte, 4,766 miles, 60.2 percent
- Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible, 6,220 miles, 48.1 percent
- Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible, 6,650 miles, 44.5 percent
- BMW Z4 Convertible, 6,869 miles, 42.7 percent
- Ford Mustang Convertible, 8,408 miles, 29.9 percent
- Mercedes-Benz G-Class, 8,420 miles, 29.8 percent