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What are the Longest-Lasting Vehicles?

If you're the type of driver who prefers keeping your car or truck for the long haul, you've probably asked yourself which are the longest-lasting vehicles. Trucks and SUVs top the list but a few sedans make it into the top 20. Some brands are known for lasting 200,000 miles or more. Others rarely make it that far. found that the following models outlast the 200,000 miles mark the most.

  1. Ford F-250 Super Duty
  2. Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
  3. Toyota 4Runner
  4. Ford Expedition says 5% or more of the models above were still in use with 200K miles or more on their odometers. The number one spot reached 6%. The top two spots are heavy duty pickups. It shouldn't be a big surprise that they rank at the top. The third and fourth spots belong to SUVs, the Toyota being a mid-size SUV and the Ford being a very large SUV.

  1. Chevrolet Suburban (tie)
  2. Toyota Sequoia (tie)
  3. GMC Sierra 2500HD

The three vehicles above were in use with 200K miles or more between 4% and 5% of the time. As you can see, there are still only SUVs and pickups in the list. There are also no Ram pickups here (or further down).

  1. Chevrolet Tahoe
  2. GMC Yukon
  3. Toyota Avalon
  4. Toyota Tacoma

Tahoe and Yukon, both large SUVs, take the eighth and ninth spots before the list finally gives way to another style of vehicle. Two Toyota sedans rank numbers ten and eleven. Clearly, the most dependable sedans come from Toyota!

What can we learn from this?

  1. First, we can see that Toyota Tacomas (Hiluxes) aren't usually as reliable as larger pickups. Even though they have legendary reputations, they tend to give out earlier than Toyota sedans. The same goes for all smaller pickups.
  2. Luxury cars just don't last. The luxury car that was most often used after 200K miles was the Lincoln Navigator but it was only in service at that age 2% of the time. The most dependable non-SUV luxury vehicle was the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, coming in at .7%.
  3. Compact vehicles of all kinds don't last as long. The Honda Civic finished first among mid-size and compact vehicles, at 1.6%. The second-place finisher was the Subaru Legacy.
  4. The most reliable brands aren't necessarily the most reliable at high mileage. Brands like Buick and Audi are known for reliability (based on Consumer Reports surveys). They don't appear to be reliable when their mileage is above 150K or so, however.

I don't want a truck or SUV. What Should I do? excluded trucks and SUVs from the study and found that full-size sedans are the third most reliable car type. But the percentage of non-SUV, non-truck vehicles still in use at 200,000 miles is lower than 2.5 percent. The longest-lasting vehicles generally need to be built more robustly, but sedans aren't that type of vehicle. The rankings look like this:

  1. Toyota Avalon
  2. Honda Accord
  3. Honda Odyssey
  4. Ford Taurus
  5. Toyota Camry
  6. Honda Civic
  7. Toyota Sienna
  8. Subaru Legacy

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