- Truck-based SUVs represent the majority of the list
- Toyotas account for 6 of top 10 vehicles with Land Cruiser and Sequoia dominating competition
- Avalon and Prius are the only passenger cars to make the list
- Nine SUVs make up the top 15 vehicles list that also includes three pickup trucks, two minivans, one sedan, and one hybrid hatchback.
Toyotas and full-size SUVs are the longest-lasting vehicles that are most likely to reach 200,000 miles or more, according to a new study by automotive research firm and car search engine iSeeCars.com.
iSeeCars analyzed over 14.9 million cars sold in 2021 to determine the most reliable models based on their long-term reliability with the highest percentage of cars reaching 200,000 miles.
“With new and used car prices at record highs, many consumers are likely keeping their vehicles on the road for an extended period of time or are looking to buy a reliable vehicle to get the most return on their investment,” said iSeeCars Executive Analyst Karl Brauer. “Toyotas account for the majority of the top ten longest-lasting vehicles, which validates the brand’s reputation for building enduring and reliable vehicles..”
Top 15 Longest-Lasting Cars: Toyota Land Cruiser Earns the Top SpotThe top 15 long-lasting models identified each have over 3.0 percent of their vehicles (more than two-and-a-half times the overall average) reach 200,000 miles, and include a mix of vehicle types with 9 SUVs (including a hybrid), three pickup trucks , one sedan, two minivans, and one hybrid hatchback.
|Longest-Lasting Cars, SUVs, and Trucks to Reach 200k Miles - iSeeCars Study|
|Rank||Vehicle||% of Cars Over 200k Miles|
|1||Toyota Land Cruiser||18.2%|
|4||GMC Yukon XL||5.2%|
|11||Toyota Highlander Hybrid||3.8%|
|Average for All Vehicles||1.2%|
Five American full-size SUVs make the list, including the third-ranked Chevrolet Suburban, the fourth-ranked GMC Yukon XL, the sixth-ranked Ford Expedition, the seventh-ranked Chevrolet Tahoe, and the twelfth-ranked GMC Yukon. “All manufactured by General Motors, the Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL, and Chevrolet Tahoe share a platform and many common parts, confirming why these popular family vehicles are all likely to last 200,000 miles,” said Brauer.
Toyota accounts for two midsize SUVs making the list of longest-lasting vehicles, including the fifth-ranked Toyota 4Runner and the eleventh-ranked Toyota Highlander Hybrid. “The truck-based and off-road capable Toyota 4Runner provides ample cargo room and has an optional third row for those who want a rugged family hauler,” said Brauer. “The crossover Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers three rows of seating to provide a more fuel-efficient alternative to traditional gas-guzzling family vehicles, and owners have the added incentive to drive the car further to take full advantage of its fuel savings, offsetting the added upfront cost of hybrid technology.”
A second hybrid, the Toyota Prius earns the tenth position. “The Prius attracts practical buyers who keep their vehicle on the road as long as possible to take advantage of its low maintenance costs and high fuel efficiency,” said Brauer.
Ranked ninth is the Toyota Avalon, which accounts for the only sedan on the list. “The Toyota Avalon is consistently at the top of its class for vehicle quality and reliability, which explains why people are keeping them for longer than ever,” said Brauer. “The Avalon provides a spacious interior and serves as a capable and comfortable alternative for those who want a reliable family hauler but don’t require the expansive cargo space of a large SUV or minivan.”
Two pickup trucks make the list including the eighth-ranked Toyota Tundra and the thirteenth-ranked Honda Ridgeline. “Known for being indestructible, the Toyota Tundra offers trademark Toyota quality and reliability,” said Brauer. “The Honda Ridgeline’s unique unibody design gives it the function of a pickup truck with the ride comfort and fuel efficiency of a crossover SUV, making it one of the most flexible, multi-purpose vehicles you can buy.”
Two minivans make the list – the fourteenth-ranked Honda Odyssey and the fifteenth-ranked Toyota Sienna. “Minivans generally offer more cargo space, better gas mileage, and added convenience features when compared to family-friendly SUVs, but most of them lack all-weather performance with the exception of the Toyota Sienna with available all-wheel-drive,” said Brauer. “The Honda Odyssey consistently earns the distinction of being at the top of its class due to its handling, excellent functionality and safety features, allowing it to rack up mileage as a trusted family hauler.”
Longest-Lasting Pickup TrucksWhen analyzing which light-duty pickup trucks are most likely to reach 200,000 miles, six pickups rate above the 2.2 percent average for the vehicle class. Four additional reliable trucks join the top-ranked Toyota Tundra and the second-ranked Honda Ridgeline .
“On average, pickup trucks are almost twice as likely to reach 200,000 miles with a 2.2 percent average for the segment, which is nearly double the average for all vehicles,” said Brauer. “Pickup trucks are commonly used as work vehicles and are likely to accrue more miles than a typical passenger car while often benefitting from more consistent preventative maintenance and necessary repairs.”
|Longest-Lasting Light-Duty Pickup Trucks- iSeeCars Study|
|Rank||Pickup Truck||% of Cars Over 200k Miles|
|6||Chevrolet Silverado 1500||2.3%|
|Pickup Truck Average||2.2%|
|7||GMC Sierra 1500||2.0%|
|9||Ram Pickup 1500||1.4%|
The full-size Nissan Titan ranks fourth. “Nissan has aggressively courted truck buyers in recent years, and the Titan’s long-distance reliability confirms the company’s effort to produce a durable work vehicle,” said Brauer.
The Ford F-150 full-size truck ranks fifth. “The Ford F-150 has been America’s most-popular vehicle for over 40 years, and its popularity with consumers and fleet buyers is a testament to its reliability and longevity.”
Ranked sixth is the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 full-size pickup, while its mechanically identical GMC Sierra 1500 ranks seventh and falls just below the segment average. “The Chevy Silverado is more of a working truck, while the GMC Sierra markets itself as a premium vehicle,” said Brauer. “As a result, the Silverado likely logs more miles as a utility device, though the Sierra still fares well above the overall vehicle average.”
Longest-Lasting Car BrandsiSeeCars further analyzed the data to determine the brands with the vehicles that are likely to reach the 200,000-mile-mark .
|Longest-Lasting Car Brands to Reach 200,000 Miles- iSeeCars Study|
|Rank||Model||% of Cars Over 200k Miles|
|Average for All Brands||1.2%|
Earning the top spot is Toyota with 2.3 percent of its vehicles reaching 200,000 miles, which is almost double the average for all vehicles. In second place is Honda with 1.9 percent of its vehicles reaching the 200,000 milestone.
“Along with setting the standard for reliability and durability, Toyotas and Hondas also have lower-than-average ownership costs,” said Brauer. “Owners are more likely to keep their vehicles on the road if they are performing well and don’t need costly repairs.”
The remaining automakers that fared above average are all American with GMC ranking third, Chevrolet ranking fourth, and Ford ranking fifth. “The majority of the longest-lasting SUVs and pickups are American vehicles from these brands, which helps contribute to their above-average ranking on this list,” said Brauer.
Longest-Lasting Cars by CityFurther analyzing the list geographically, iSeeCars identified the longest-lasting car in the top 50 most populous cities.
|Longest-Lasting Vehicle by City|
|City||Vehicle||% Cars Over 200k Miles|
|Albuquerque-Santa Fe, NM||Chevrolet Suburban||6.21%|
|Atlanta, GA||Toyota Sequoia||19.97%|
|Austin, TX||Chevrolet Suburban||4.40%|
|Baltimore, MD||Ford Expedition||3.23%|
|Birmingham, AL||Chevrolet Suburban||12.32%|
|Boston, MA-Manchester, NH||Toyota Sequoia||9.76%|
|Charlotte, NC||Toyota Prius||6.43%|
|Chicago, IL||Toyota Sequoia||12.72%|
|Cincinnati, OH||GMC Yukon XL||7.59%|
|Cleveland-Akron (Canton), OH||Toyota Prius||6.39%|
|Columbus, OH||Toyota Prius||6.31%|
|Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX||Toyota Sequoia||12.04%|
|Denver, CO||Toyota Sequoia||16.17%|
|Detroit, MI||Chevrolet Suburban||9.77%|
|Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo, MI||Honda Odyssey||7.97%|
|Greensboro-Winston Salem, NC||Chevrolet Suburban||6.49%|
|Greenville-Spartanburg, SC||Chevrolet Suburban||11.17%|
|Harrisburg-Lancaster-York, PA||GMC Yukon||3.54%|
|Hartford & New Haven, CT||Toyota Prius||5.75%|
|Houston, TX||Toyota Sequoia||11.22%|
|Indianapolis, IN||Chevrolet Suburban||9.80%|
|Jacksonville, FL||Toyota Tundra||6.90%|
|Kansas City, MO||GMC Yukon XL||8.84%|
|Las Vegas, NV||Chevrolet Suburban||4.27%|
|Los Angeles, CA||Toyota Sequoia||10.15%|
|Louisville, KY||Chevrolet Suburban||10.64%|
|Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, FL||Ford Expedition||4.96%|
|Milwaukee, WI||Toyota Prius||4.82%|
|Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN||Toyota Sequoia||13.41%|
|Nashville, TN||Chevrolet Suburban||9.73%|
|New Orleans, LA||Ford Expedition||8.53%|
|New York, NY||Toyota Sequoia||6.50%|
|Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA||Ford Expedition||7.34%|
|Oklahoma City, OK||Chevrolet Suburban||11.21%|
|Orlando-Daytona Beach, FL||Chevrolet Suburban||6.34%|
|Philadelphia, PA||Chevrolet Suburban||3.46%|
|Phoenix, AZ||Toyota Sequoia||11.80%|
|Pittsburgh, PA||Chevrolet Suburban||2.08%|
|Portland, OR||Toyota Sequoia||17.63%|
|Raleigh-Durham (Fayetteville), NC||Chevrolet Suburban||7.45%|
|Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, CA||Toyota Sequoia||13.91%|
|Salt Lake City, UT||Toyota Sequoia||13.49%|
|San Antonio, TX||Toyota Sequoia||12.95%|
|San Diego, CA||Toyota 4Runner||5.79%|
|San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA||Toyota 4Runner||4.10%|
|Seattle-Tacoma, WA||Toyota Sequoia||14.84%|
|St. Louis, MO||Honda Odyssey||9.61%|
|Tampa-St Petersburg (Sarasota), FL||Chevrolet Suburban||4.85%|
|Washington, DC (Hagerstown, MD)||Toyota Sequoia||11.94%|
|West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce, FL||GMC Yukon XL||4.04%|
“Although full-size SUVs and pickup trucks are the vehicles most likely to reach 200,000 miles on the odometer, there are still options for car buyers who want a long-lasting vehicle outside of these categories, including sedans and hybrids,” said Brauer. “With many consumers deciding to keep their cars on the road in the wake of high new and used car prices, it’s important to know that regardless of the vehicle, proper maintenance and care is the best way to extend how long a vehicle stays on the road.”
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