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Top 10 Longest-Lasting Vehicles in iSeeCars.com Study Are All Trucks and SUVs

2012 ford super duty f 250 300x150 pictureA majority of those top long-lasting vehicles are American, and the Accord, Camry and F-150 fall outside the top 10.

There tends to be two types of car owners in this world, those who want their cars to run as long as they can, and those who anticipate switching cars every 2-5 years and care less about seeing the odometer hit six figures.  If you fall into the first group then one of the most important aspects of buying a new or used car is data on the longevity of the vehicles.

“Many of today’s car owners like to see how far they can take their cars, whether it be for financial reasons or based on principle,” Phong Ly, co-founder and CEO of iSeeCars.com said. “And, unlike many cars from the 20th century, there are a variety of vehicles built these days that are made to – and will – go the distance.”

iSeeCars.com decided to see which cars are standing the test of time by doing an analysis of 30 million cars for sale on iSeeCars.com.  The study did have some surprising results for long-lasting makes and models.

The vehicles that came out on top of iSeeCars.com’s study were pickup trucks and SUVs, with the Ford F-250 hitting number one on the list. What may come as a surprise is that models with a reputation for longevity, such as the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Ford F-150, fall outside of the top 10.  Even though these models rival the top contenders in terms of sheer numbers of vehicles with high mileage, they fall behind in terms of percentages due to their own popularity.

Top 20 Longest Lasting Vehicles

Rank

Models

% of cars over 200K miles

1

Ford F-250 Super Duty

4.2%

2

Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

3.6%

3

Chevrolet Suburban

3.6%

4

Toyota 4Runner

3.5%

5

Ford Expedition

3.0%

6

GMC Sierra 2500HD

2.7%

7

Chevrolet Tahoe

2.1%

8

GMC Yukon XL

1.9%

9

Toyota Sequoia

1.7%

10

GMC Sierra 1500

1.6%

11

GMC Yukon

1.6%

12

Honda Accord

1.6%

13

Dodge Durango

1.5%

14

Subaru Legacy

1.5%

15

Toyota Tacoma

1.5%

16

Toyota Avalon

1.5%

17

Ford Explorer

1.4%

18

Ford F-150

1.4%

19

Lincoln Navigator

1.4%

20

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

1.4%

There are some thoughts around why only trucks and SUVs made the top 10 longest-lasting vehicles in iSeeCars.com’s list. First, some trucks are used as work trucks and are perhaps better maintained.  According to iSeeCars.com’s analysis, trucks are driven longer.  They have an average mileage of 90K miles, 20% or 15K more miles than the average mileage of a car (car as defined by a vehicle that is not a truck, SUV or minivan).

Another thought is, in knowing that workers depend on trucks to last – and use them longer than cars, truck manufacturers are building trucks to go the distance. Perhaps they are competing against each other to have the longest-lasting trucks. They often use durability and longevity to market trucks, with a Chevy tag line asserting that its trucks are the “longest-lasting, most-dependable” or Ford says, “Built Ford Tough.” chevrolet suburban 2009 300x199 picture

SUVs could hit high miles as they may be the vehicles of choice for parents and used more frequently than sedans or coupes to drive kids around or to take on vacations.

When looking at the list of longest-lasting cars without pickup trucks, there’s a fairly balanced mix of American and Japanese vehicles in the top 10 list. Toyota models take two of the top six spots and the Honda Accord and Subaru Legacy come in toward the end.

Top 10 Longest Lasting Vehicles (excluding Trucks)

Rank

Models

% of cars over 200K miles

1

Chevrolet Suburban

3.6%

2

Toyota 4Runner

3.5%

3

Ford Expedition

3.0%

4

Chevrolet Tahoe

2.1%

5

GMC Yukon XL

1.9%

6

Toyota Sequoia

1.7%

7

GMC Yukon

1.6%

8

Honda Accord

1.6%

9

Dodge Durango

1.5%

10

Subaru Legacy

1.5%

Another somewhat surprising piece of information that came from the study was a lack of representation from high-end European car models, such as BMW or Mercedes. One reason for this could be consumers looking to put high miles on a car may shy away from these vehicles because of potentially high maintenance and repair costs.  Or, perhaps consumers are treating these high-end cars a little better and driving them less. iSeeCars.com data shows, on average, a Mercedes car has 64K miles on it, which is over 10K miles less than the average car.

honda odyssey 2011 300x199 pictureIn further narrowing down the list of long-lasting vehicles to exclude trucks and SUVs, not surprisingly, almost all of the vehicles in the top 10 list are Japanese cars, with the Honda Accord in the number one slot.  The Ford Taurus stands out in the group as being the only non-Japanese car in the list.  Shoppers should note that the Honda Odyssey is a long-lasting minivan, and the Subaru Outback is actually the only wagon represented on the list.

Top 10 Longest Lasting Cars (excluding SUVs and Trucks)

Rank

Row Labels

% of cars over 200K miles

1

Honda Accord

1.6%

2

Subaru Legacy

1.5%

3

Toyota Avalon

1.5%

4

Honda Odyssey

1.2%

5

Nissan Maxima

1.1%

6

Toyota Camry

1.1%

7

Ford Taurus

1.0%

8

Honda Civic

1.0%

9

Acura TL

1.0%

10

Subaru Outback

0.8% 

Methodology: iSeeCars.com analyzed 30 million used cars listed on iSeeCars.com over the last year and studied the vehicles with models years between 1981 to 2010 and those with over 200K miles on the odometer.  For each vehicle model, the number of 200K mile cars as a percentage of the total number of vehicles listed for the model was calculated; the number was then used to rank each model.

About iSeeCars.com: iSeeCars is a car search engine that helps consumers find the best deal by providing key insights and analysis about each used car.  The proprietary iSeeCars algorithm ranks cars by calculating an overall score based on analysis of the car’s condition, history, negotiability, price and the seller. Based in the Boston area, iSeeCars was founded by former TripAdvisor and SAP developers and executives determined to improve the used car shopping experience for consumers.

Comments

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  2. Nick from Iowa at March 6, 2014

    I have been following cars.com data for 12 years in my spare time, and I can profess that the reason for the disproportionate amount of trucks and SUVs in the upper strata is that trucks and SUVs have utility value that the owner is willing to maintain byway of increased repair costs over time. I’m sure you’re aware of this, but it doesn’t seem to be reflected in your results.

    Thanks

     
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  6. Ahy Nonimous at March 27, 2014

    That’s all well and good, but don’t you think total cost of ownership per mile for these long runners would be the most meaningful stat?

     
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  8. Glenn Murphy at April 2, 2014

    Where does the Mercedes E Class rank? I own a 2005 E-500 with 42k miles and just wonder what the longevity forecast is as it ages into higher mileage even with low mileage being registered now.

     
  9. mom at April 3, 2014

    I’m surprised Volvos aren’t in there. I’m still driving the 1989 Volvo wagon I bought brand-new 25 years ago. I suppose a car’s useful life depends on the driver.

     
  10. Carol at May 27, 2014

    I am the original owner of a 1998 BMW 740iL which is approaching 193K and still going strong. At its last oil change the mechanic said I should get at least another 100K miles out of the car as it is in such great condition. It’s all about how you take care of your stuff.

     
  11. Kerry Bruhart at May 27, 2014

    Cars are driven often on the basis of how long they are in style. Trucks never change much and seldom is style a consideration. After all, they are most often work vehicles
    where style doesnt matter. Therefore the claims aren’t that trucks can ast onger, only that owners keep them longer. Most cars these days can go 200,000 miles. A Mercedes driver woudn’t normally want to be seen in a car that old.

     
  12. ian at May 31, 2014

    I’m surprised the old mercedes diesels aren’t on the list. I have an ’85 300D with 340K on the orig engine and tranny. There are probably 5 of them within a 2 block radius of where I live in Orange County – still lots of them on the road. I also second the comment about volvos not being on the list – a family member has an old station wagon from the 80s that has over 300k miles on it. Like the mercedes’ from the 80′s they just run and run.

     
  13. Rocker F-150 at June 18, 2014

    To Nick from Iowa: You said trucks and SUVs have utility value that the owner is willing to maintain byway of increased repair costs over time.

    I guess you never owned a Ford F-150. The repair costs? Okay point taken. The 5.4 engine takes 6 quarts of oil rather than 5 because it has a heavy duty oil cooler. It never cost me any more than a regular car. Given the size of the tires depending on brand and use yes they do cost more than a Honda Accord. Battery is no more than a car. I never paid more for a brake job than a regular car and i got well of 50,000 before i got one. Repair wise it was not that much more then for regular passenger car. I also had a 4X4. The biggest expense was for gas since i only averaged 18 MPG but i did have a 37 gallon tank so yes putting in over $100 was not uncommon.

     
  14. Gene at August 6, 2014

    Can someone define longest? The car with the most longevity is average 18.6 years and it is Volvo.

     
  15. Alex Marez at August 19, 2014

    1973 Pontiac GP…..sold after 28 yrs…..in top shape, 200KM +.
    1978 Chevrolet, Big 10…..36 yrs….good for another 36 yrs., 200KM+.
    1990 Honda Accord….24 yrs….. still going strong, 20KM +.
    1999 Cadillac Deville…..13 yrs…..worst car I ever had.

     
  16. Dr DB Johnson at September 13, 2014

    Top of the list should be the SAAB 900 series pre 1993. Maybe 75% of the cars are well over 200,000 miles, with average life easily 300,000+ miles. The Swedes made them right…before GM bought them out

     
  17. poorvic2 at October 5, 2014

    Poorvic – why is there no mention of the toyota Prius? Mine has 180.000 with nary a problem though i will admit that your “friendly toyota dealer” is obscenely expensive when it comes to repairs.

     
  18. fogle at December 8, 2014

    I own a 92 dodge dakota that has over 300k on it, brand new paint job and still runs like a champ, 4×4 works. I mean its old, but she’s one smooth ride.

     
  19. Steve at December 17, 2014

    Why are you stopping at 200K miles? My 1994 Chevy C1500 has 485K, and is still going great. I still get 20+ mpg (highway) and it doesn’t burn any oil (change every 3-4K, and never low). It passes the emissions test with flying colors.

     
  20. Gina at December 27, 2014

    I live in Maine and the oldest cars that all over 100,000 miles and have NO rust are the pre 2000 Volvos especially the cross country. People say you can get 250K miles and never change the engine nor tranny. The chassis on my 2000 cross country is still like new.

     
  21. Stan Haas at February 8, 2015

    Honda Accords definitely deserve their #1 rating. I have had a 1996 one and now drive a 1999 one and they both take a licking and keep on ticking and 75% of them ever built are still on the road being driven every day. It really is sad that American cars don’t have that reputation and are so inferior quality wise.

     
  22. Karl at February 25, 2015

    I’m surprised that the Lincoln Town Car did not make the list. Even though it hasn’t been made since 2011, there are a ton of them still on the road. I’ve seen numerous examples of Town Cars exceeding 200,000 and recently drove in two with over 500,000 in Arizona. My own 2003 has only 107,000 and I fully expect to exceed 200,000 with no issues. Wish Ford still made them.

     
  23. Frank Furtive at February 26, 2015

    Many vehicles are have the genetics to go 200,000 but lack responsible owners. The 1995 – 1996 Escort were right behind Honda Civic in sales. My near mint, two owner hatchback has 170K city miles and still going strong with routine, regular maintenance including transmission fluid changes. Neighbor up the street owns manual tran model. Spotted a rusting 96 civic three or four years ago. Detailed records reveal the total cost to operate this 95 Escort for 100,000 miles in the past 15 years would be 24 cents per mile, if sold today for 1,400. 24 cents per mile covers fixed and variable expenses; gas, maintenance, insurance, plates and registration.

     
  24. JOEL D. CHRISTOPHER at March 2, 2015

    I JUST SOLD MY 2004 COLORADO WITH 325000 MILES FOR 500 DOLLARS…IT WAS RESOLD FOR 2500 DOLLARS…SO I BUY ANOTHER 2004 COLORADO WITH 185000 FOR 3500 DOLLARS..SAME 5 CYLINDER,ONLY NOW ITS A EXTRA CAB..RUNS GREAT..PERFECT BODY…AFTER200000 I REPLACE FRONT BEARINGS ON WHEELS AND NEW ROTORS ON BOTH TRUCKS..THE POWER WINDOWS MOTOR ON THE FIRST TRUCK KEPT GOING OUT SO THIS TRUCK HAS ROLL UPS.I GET 20 MILES PER GAL OF CHEAP GAS..NON ETHONOL GAS ADDS 10MPG..4 WHEEL DRIVE WORKS GREAT IN BOTH TRUCKS….NOT A LOT IN JUNK YARDS…

     
  25. Josh at March 2, 2015

    My 1992 Land Rover Defender 110 has given me no major troubles. over 95 percent of all Defenders( well, Land Rovers) are still on the road today. mine has over 360,000km on it and still runs perfectly. yes they have their problems, but its a labor of love for the truck and its unparalleled abilities. Land Rover has been given a bad name due to their new lineup of vehicles with expensive maintenance. I can service my ’92 in my garage and parts are very cheap. and i get almost 36 mpg while towing 1,500 lbs. just regular driving, i get better mileage from my “92 Defender than my 2012 Nissan Xterra. its almost double the mileage with a 20 year difference!

     
  26. Ray at March 3, 2015

    I am shocked that Toyota Corolla is not on this list. Have owned 3 since the early 70′ and they all went 250K, 15 years plus, without and major work being done.

     
  27. Pete0097 at March 10, 2015

    66 Dart GT – 495,000 miles
    83 T-bird – 150,000 miles
    2001 Neon – 200,000
    1993 Plymouth Voyager – 195,000 miles
    2003 Chrysler T&C – 238,000 miles and still going strong
    1981 Plymouth TC-3 – 125,000 miles and converted to V-8, still going super
    2002 Dodge Dakota – 120,000 miles and still going great.
    As you can see, I drive them until they get old and do my own maintenance. Regular oil changes and replacement of minor parts is no big deal

     
  28. roberta at March 16, 2015

    98 grand Cherokee 395000 org motor trans 4.0 straight six strong motor

     
  29. Rob Jones at April 11, 2015

    I sold my firebird after it had 360,000 miles on it. One really tough car I drove it aggressively ever mile of that too.

     
  30. JT at April 20, 2015

    You can’t argue with the list based on your car, your sister’s car or the cars in your neighborhood. The sampling is too small, and you’re all likely seeing the exceptions to the rule, rather than the rule.

    The larger the sample group, the more accurate the result. It’s the law of averages, and the study covered 30 million vehicles. So will everyone please stop posting about what’s happening on “your street?”

    I am a lifelong mechanic, and I agree with the list, except for a few surprises. But I also agree that you can make any car last 200,000 miles if you have the time, the energy and the budget. Most of us just don’t.

    But my Mercury Sable (Ford Taurus) has 235,000 on it and still runs like a champ.

     
  31. RGene7001 at April 23, 2015

    I recently traded in my 07 E550 with 118k miles, and it was looking and going essentially like new, was resold by the dealer for a price of a small new car. I can say that Benzes use better materials, heavy duty, overengineered mechanical componenents, much better paint and stay in shape much longer than most cars. The only way to kill them is ny bad service, they are somewhat more expensive to maintain but totally worth it. And there are plenty of good independent shops around

     

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