Does the last car standing win? Considering high mileage only tells part of the story, you can’t put all your stock in vehicles that passed 1 million miles. After all, getting a 1964 Porsche to that milestone would be expensive.
Still, when a family sedan or SUV pops up on the list of longest-lasting cars year after year, consumers should take note. It means the car was built to last while remaining affordable enough to repair over the years.
According to an April 2018 study by iSeeCars.com, a few high-volume models stood the test of time better than others. The auto research site and search engine rounded up all the used-car transactions of 2017 to see which vehicles had been on the road the longest.
Here are 15 cars with the highest percentage lasting over 200,000 miles, including five models that regularly topped 300,000 miles.
15. Ford F-150
According to the data, Ford’s F-150 platform is among the most bulletproof in the industry. This pickup continues to rank among the top 15 with nearly 2% having topped 200,000 miles when owners sold them in 2018. When you consider the millions of F-150s on the road, that record speaks for itself.
Next: Only one midsize sedan made the cut.
14. Honda Accord
Compared to SUVs and trucks, passenger cars were far less likely to be among those sporting 200,000 miles on the odometer. In fact, no compact cars made the list, and only one midsize model represented its segment: Honda Accord.
Compared to the average of all vehicles (1.2%), Accord had over 50% more models with high mileage counts change hands on the secondhand market.
Next: It’s fair to say Chevy’s pickup is ‘like a rock.’
13. Chevrolet Silverado 1500
When iSeeCars ran the numbers for 2017, Chevy’s full-size pickup had an even higher percentage (2.1%) with 200,000 miles still on the road. Considering the type of punishment work trucks take, it’s a strong showing for GM’s best-selling platform.
Next: While it stayed on the road, this pickup was the most reliable model in the segment.
12. Toyota Tundra
Though Chevy and Ford’s full-size pickups lasted as long, there’s a good chance Toyota Tundra was easier (and cheaper) to maintain over the years. Consumer Reports ranked Tundra among the most reliable vehicles of the decade. No other truck made the list.
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11. Honda Ridgeline
The Honda Ridgeline may only date back to the 2006 model year, but this truck has proven to be among the top pickups for durability. An impressive 2.2% showed over 200,000 miles on the odometer when Ridgelines changed hands in 2017.
In addition to reliability, Ridgeline’s high customer-satisfaction scores prove it’s also a joy to drive for most owners.
Next: Only one minivan had this type of longevity.
10. Honda Odyssey
For the second straight year, Honda Odyssey was the only minivan to turn up among the longest-lasting vehicles on the road. Some 2.4% that changed hand in 2017 showed at least 200,000 miles on the odometer.
Young families looking for a minivan for the long haul should feel comfortable buying a used Odyssey.
Next: In the large sedan segment, Toyota produced the only contender.
9. Toyota Avalon
Every year, you’ll find Toyota Avalon checking in with a top reliability rating from Consumer Reports, and owners enjoy this large sedan so much they rarely let go. That’s how the Avalon always shows up among cars with the highest mileage count.
Overall, you’ll find twice as many Avalons with 200,000 miles compared to the average models. Among passenger cars (i.e., sedans), it has no equal.
Next: This compact pickup stood out from the pack.
8. Toyota Tacoma
While full-size pickups and SUVs took most of the top spots, only Toyota Tacoma made the top 10 among smaller pickups with a significant percentage (2.6%) topping 200,000 miles.
Once Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon owners get time with their trucks that returned to the U.S. in 2014, we may see them join the list. For now, Tacoma stands above the pack — and it even showed up on the list of five vehicles that often topped 300,000 miles.
Next: SUVs working with the Silverado platform lasted even longer.
7. GMC Yukon
While Silverado pickups cracked the top 15, SUVs based on the Chevy truck platform lasted even longer. Case in point: An impressive 2.8% of GMC Yukons showed over 200,000 miles on the odometer at the time of their sales transactions in 2018.
According to iSeeCars.com CEO Phong Ly, Yukon’s imposing size may be a good thing in this case. “These vehicles can also be easier to repair than smaller SUVs, which can contribute to their longevity,” Ly said.
Next: Chevy’s version did even better.
6. Chevrolet Tahoe
Tahoe, Chevy’s large SUV that runs on the Silverado platform, showed an even higher percentage (3.8%) in the 200,000-mile club. Phong Ly cited Tahoe’s body-on-frame construction as a key to its success.
“These SUVs are built like trucks and have truck-like durability,” he said. Tahoe had over three times the average percentage of vehicles with high-mileage counts in the 2018 study.
Next: The bigger the SUV, the greater the longevity, according to the iSeecars.com study.
5. GMC Yukon XL
While the GMC Yukon XL has received many poor reliability ratings over the years, buyers still hang onto these SUVs. If we had to guess why, we’d say the towing capacity, space, and Silverado platform were the reasons owners don’t let go.
By the time Yukon XL owners went to sell in 2017, nearly 4% had topped 200,000 miles.
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4. Toyota 4Runner
When we sifted through the vehicles with the best reliability scores of this century, none could top Toyota 4Runner. The body-on-frame model may lack some creature comforts newer SUVs have, but 4Runner stood head and shoulders above the pack with 13 straight years of top reliability ratings.
iSeeCars.com research backed it up with more real-world data. An impressive 4.2% showed over 200,000 miles on the odometer when people sold their 4Runners in 2017. Meanwhile, no other vehicle could match its 0.3% of models with 300,000 miles (three times the average).
Next: Chevy’s largest SUV made the top three.
3. Chevrolet Suburban
If you’re an SUV consumer, Chevrolet Suburban may not be the most reliable model, but it’s one that stays on the road. Before Suburban owners went to sell in 2017, over 5% had logged 200,000 miles or more.
Chevy’s Silverado platform once again deserves credit for the Suburban’s longevity, and it even had 0.2% that reached 300,000 miles.
Next: Ford’s biggest SUV remains among the most bulletproof vehicles in America.
2. Ford Expedition
After topping the list of longest-lasting cars in 2017, Ford Expedition came close again in the ’18 iSeeCars.com study. When owners sold their Expeditions, an amazing 5.4% showed over 200,000 miles on the odometer. (A good share posted 300,000 as well.)
The fully redesigned 2018 Expedition kept the front part of the F-150 platform, so we’ll see if this edition maintains the same record for longevity.
Next: Toyota’s largest SUV is 2018’s high-mileage winner.
1. Toyota Sequoia
Only Toyota Sequoia boasted more than five times the average (6.6%) of models posting over 200,000 miles. The Tundra-based Sequoia has posted several top reliability ratings this decade, and that seemed enough for owners to hang onto them for the long haul.
Likewise, the Sequoia had more than twice the average for vehicles that topped 300,000 miles in 2018. Toyota’s largest SUV is as rock-solid as they come.
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