These are the longest-lasting cars you can buy

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Toyota’s Land Cruiser came on top of iSeeCars’ longevity ranking (Toyota courtesy photo)

The 200,000+ mile cars are a mix of vehicle types led by SUVs

(iSeeCars) – Consumers looking to buy the longest-lasting, most-reliable cars should consider Toyotas and full-size SUVs. These are the longest-lasting vehicles with the highest chance to reach 200,000 miles or more, according to the latest study by automotive research firm and car search engine iSeeCars.com.

iSeeCars analyzed over 11.8 million cars sold in 2020 to determine which models best demonstrate longevity and reliability. The study specifically looked at which models had the highest percentage of cars reaching at least 200,000 miles.

  • Rugged, truck-based SUVs represent the majority of the list
  • Toyotas account for 6 of top 10 vehicles, with the Land Cruiser and Sequoia dominating the competition
  • The sixth-ranked Avalon is the only sedan to make the list, while the eighth-ranked Highlander Hybrid is the only crossover
  • Toyota’s Prius proves it can deliver both excellent fuel efficiency and long-term durability

“Toyotas account for the majority of the top ten longest-lasting cars and is the most represented automaker, validating the brand’s reputation for building enduring and reliable vehicles,” said iSeeCars Executive Analyst Karl Brauer. “While trucks and truck-based SUVs dominate the list, two Toyota hybrids and the Avalon sedan also make the list, confirming there is a reliable Toyota available for a wide range of consumers.”

Longest-Lasting Cars: Toyota’s Land Cruiser Easily Wins the Top Spot

To earn a spot on the Longest Last Cars list at least 2.5 percent of a vehicle must reach 200,000 miles. Just 1 percent of the average model gets to 200,000 miles, making every vehicle on this list at least two-and-half times more likely to hit that mileage benchmark. 

Longest-Lasting Vehicles to Reach 200k Miles – iSeeCars Study
RankVehicle% of Cars Over 200k Miles
1Toyota Land Cruiser16.3%
2Toyota Sequoia11.2%
3Chevrolet Suburban5.1%
4Ford Expedition4.9%
5Toyota 4Runner 4.1%
6Toyota Avalon 3.9%
7Chevrolet Tahoe3.9%
8Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.8%
9Toyota Tundra3.7%
10GMC Yukon XL3.6%
11Honda Ridgeline 3.4%
12GMC Yukon 3.3%
13Honda Odyssey2.9%
14Toyota Tacoma2.8%
15Lincoln Navigator2.6%
16Toyota Prius2.6%
Average for All Vehicles1.0%

The Toyota Land Cruiser clearly proves its reliability, with 16.3 percent of them achieving 200,000 or more miles. Ironically, and somewhat tragically, Toyota recently announced the end of Land Cruiser production after the 2021 model year. If you want a new Land Cruiser you better hurry, though with this level of reliability you can certainly find a sub-100,000-mile example with plenty of life left in it. “The iconic and indestructible Toyota Land Cruiser is engineered to last at least 25 years, even under the harshest of driving conditions, as it is relied upon in many developing countries where off-road driving is the norm,” said Brauer.

Truck-Based SUVs Dominate the Longest Lasting List

Another truck-based, body-on-frame Toyota model, the full-size Sequoia SUV, takes the second spot on our list. With 11.2% of Sequoias reaching 200,000 miles, this model is more than twice as likely to reach 200,000 miles as the third-ranked car on the list, Chevrolet’s Suburban. 

Including the Suburban, a total of six American full-size SUVs make the list: the fourth-ranked Ford Expedition, the seventh-ranked Chevrolet Tahoe, the tenth-ranked GMC Yukon XL, the twelfth-ranked GMC Yukon, and the fifteenth-ranked Lincoln Navigator. While they have six 

different names, these six SUVs all spring from two full-size truck chassis — one from General 

Motors and one from Ford. Consumers can buy any of these models with confidence in their roomy interiors, strong towing capacities, and long-term reliability.

Reliable Smaller SUVs, Plus Two Car Options

Toyota accounts for the two midsize SUVs to make the list, the fifth-ranked Toyota 4Runner and the eighth-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, while the crossover Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers a spacious third-row of seating and a more fuel-efficient alternative to traditional gas-guzzling family vehicles.

Toyota’s Avalon is the one and only traditional sedan to make the list, and the vehicle to climb the most spots since last year, jumping from thirteenth to sixth in our longest-lasting vehicle rank. The Avalon provides a spacious interior and serves as a capable and comfortable alternative for those seeking a reliable family hauler without the third row of seating, capable towing, and higher fuel bill of a large SUV.

Toyota’s Prius is the only other hybrid, and the only other non-utility vehicle, to display this level of reliability. The Prius has developed a loyal following seeking a practical vehicle with low maintenance costs and high fuel efficiency.

These are the Two Most Reliable Trucks

Buyers requiring the flexibility and functionality of a truck, combined with long-term reliability, have three options: the ninth-ranked Toyota Tundra, the tenth-ranked Honda Ridgeline, and the fourteenth-ranked Toyota Tacoma. The Toyota Tacoma and Tundra offer trademark Toyota quality and reliability, while 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. See full list of longest lasting trucks below.

Honda’s Odyssey = Longest Lasting Family Car

The lone minivan on the list is the thirteenth-ranked Honda Odyssey, which represents the vehicle segment most commonly associated with family transportation. Minivans offer more cargo space, better gas mileage, and added convenience features when compared to family-friendly SUVs. The Honda Odyssey consistently earns the distinction of being at the top of its class, thanks to confident handling, a wide spectrum of functionality, and top-rated safety features. These traits allow it to serve as a trusted, long-term family hauler.

A Full List of the Longest-Lasting Trucks

When analyzing which light-duty pickup trucks are most likely to reach 200,000 miles, six pickups rate above the 1.9 percent average for this vehicle class. Three additional longest-lasting pickups join the top-ranked Toyota Tundra, the second-ranked Honda Ridgeline, and the third-ranked Toyota Tacoma.

On average, pickup trucks are almost twice as likely to reach 200,000 miles, with a 1.9 percent average for the segment compared to the 1 percent average for all vehicles. Pickup trucks often serve as work vehicles, and are likely to accrue more miles than a typical passenger car while commonly benefitting from more consistent preventative maintenance and necessary repairs.

(Toyota courtesy photo)
Longest-Lasting Light-Duty Pickup Trucks- iSeeCars Study
RankPickup Truck% of Cars Over 200k Miles
1Toyota Tundra3.7%
2Honda Ridgeline3.4%
3Toyota Tacoma2.8%
4Nissan Titan2.3%
5Chevrolet Silverado 15002.1%
6Ford F-150 2.0%
Average for All Pickup Trucks 1.9%
7GMC Sierra 1500 1.8%
8Ram Pickup 1500 1.2%
9Nissan Frontier1.1%
10Chevrolet Colorado0.8%
11GMC Canyon0.7%

Longest-Lasting Car Brands

iSeeCars further analyzed the data to determine which brands have vehicles most likely to reach 200,000 miles.

Longest-Lasting Car Brands to Reach 200,000 Miles- iSeeCars Study
RankModel% of Cars Over 200k Miles
1Toyota2.0%
2Honda1.6%
3Chevrolet 1.5%
4Cadillac1.5%
5GMC1.4%
6Ford1.4%
7Ram1.1%
Average for All Vehicles1.0%

Earning the top spot is Toyota, with 2.0 percent of its vehicles reaching 200,000 miles, or double the average for all vehicles. In second place is Honda with 1.6 percent of its vehicles reaching the 200,000 milestone.

The remaining above-average brands are all American, with Chevrolet ranking third, Cadillac ranking fourth, GMC ranking fifth, Ford ranking sixth, and Ram ranking seventh. These brands all feature long-lasting SUVs and pickups, contributing to their above-average ranking. 

Longest-Lasting Cars by City

iSeeCars also identified the longest-lasting car in the top 50 most populous cities.

Longest-Lasting Vehicle by City
CityVehicle% Cars Over 200k Miles
Albuquerque-Santa Fe, NMToyota Sequoia11.4%
Atlanta, GAToyota Land Cruiser23.3%
Austin, TXToyota Land Cruiser10.9%
Baltimore, MDToyota Sequoia5.3%
Birmingham, ALToyota Sequoia19.4%
Boston, MA-Manchester, NHToyota Sequoia3.8%
Charlotte, NCToyota Sequoia10.5%
Chicago, ILToyota Land Cruiser13.8%
Cincinnati, OHToyota Sequoia18.4%
Cleveland-Akron (Canton), OHToyota Sequoia9.9%
Columbus, OHToyota Sequoia7.0%
Dallas-Ft. Worth, TXToyota Land Cruiser15.6%
Denver, COToyota Land Cruiser19.1%
Detroit, MIChevrolet Suburban6.1%
Fresno-Visalia, CAToyota Avalon4.4%
Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo, MIHonda Odyssey6.7%
Greensboro-Winston Salem, NCToyota Sequoia15.3%
Greenville-Spartanburg, SCToyota Sequoia14.6%
Harrisburg-Lancaster-York, PAToyota 4Runner3.7%
Hartford & New Haven, CTToyota Sequoia8.3%
Houston, TXToyota Land Cruiser13.9%
Indianapolis, INToyota Sequoia17.8%
Jacksonville, FLToyota Sequoia11.9%
Kansas City, MOToyota Sequoia11.5%
Las Vegas, NVToyota Sequoia4.2%
Los Angeles, CAToyota Land Cruiser18.5%
Memphis, TNToyota Sequoia7.8%
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, FLToyota Sequoia7.4%
Milwaukee, WIToyota Tundra5.3%
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MNToyota Sequoia15.0%
Nashville, TNToyota Sequoia11.0%
New York, NYToyota Sequoia5.6%
Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News,VAToyota Sequoia11.6%
Oklahoma City, OKToyota Sequoia22.0%
Orlando-Daytona Beach, FLToyota Sequoia13.1%
Philadelphia, PAToyota Land Cruiser11.3%
Phoenix, AZToyota Land Cruiser15.3%
Pittsburgh, PAToyota Sequoia5.1%
Portland, ORToyota Land Cruiser19.4%
Raleigh-Durham (Fayetteville), NCToyota Sequoia14.3%
Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, CAToyota Sequoia10.9%
Salt Lake City, UTToyota Sequoia12.1%
San Antonio, TXToyota Sequoia7.9%
San Diego, CAToyota Sequoia7.1%
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CAToyota Land Cruiser15.8%
Seattle-Tacoma, WAToyota Land Cruiser18.4%
St. Louis, MOHonda Odyssey8.4%
Tampa-St Petersburg (Sarasota), FLToyota Sequoia11.5%
Washington, DC (Hagerstown, MD)Toyota Land Cruiser10.3%
West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce, FLToyota Sequoia11.3%

The Toyota Sequoia is the top-ranked vehicle across 31 cities, followed by the Toyota Land Cruiser in 13 cities. Similar to the national list, the longest-lasting vehicles across the most populous cities are mainly truck-based SUVs.

Although full-size SUVs and pickup trucks are the vehicles most likely to reach 200,000 miles, there are still options for consumers who want an enduring vehicle outside of these categories, including sedans and hybrids

As a car owner it’s important to remember that, regardless of the vehicle, proper maintenance and care is the best way to extend how long a vehicle lasts.

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Methodology

iSeeCars.com analyzed over 11.8 million pre-owned cars sold in 2020. Models that were not in production as of the 2021 model year, heavy duty-vehicles, and low-volume models were excluded from further analysis. For each model, the percentage of the number of cars with at least 200,000 miles was mathematically modeled. 

About iSeeCars.com

iSeeCars.com is an online car search engine helping consumers find the best new car and used car deals by providing key insights and valuable resources, like the iSeeCars free VIN check report. iSeeCars.com has saved users over $268 million so far by applying big data analytics powered by over 25 billion (and growing) data points and using proprietary algorithms to objectively analyze, score and rank millions of cars and thousands of dealers. Based in the Boston area, iSeeCars.com was founded by former TripAdvisor and SAP executives determined to improve the car shopping experience for consumers.

This article, Longest-Lasting Cars to Reach 200,000 Miles and Beyond, originally appeared on iSeeCars.com.

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