ISeeCars.com has completed an exhaustive study of more than 12 million vehicles, including cars from as far back as 1981 and as recent as 2015. The results were shared with the folks at Popular Mechanics. Can you guess which models made the Top 10 list? Here are the results:
Quick. What do you notice right away? That’s right. There is only one passenger sedan in the group. Why is that? “Manufacturers build trucks with these demands in mind and stake their reputations on how long their trucks will last. Longevity is even a major focus of their marketing campaigns,” says iSeeCars.com CEO Phong Ly. “Also, owners who are dependent on their vehicle to get from one job site to the next are going to pay closer attention to their vehicles’ regular maintenance or repairs because their livelihood depends on keeping their trucks in good operating condition.”
Only one car cracked the top ten, the Toyota Avalon. “While the Avalon doesn’t carry the best-selling title of the Accord, it does have Toyota’s long-standing reputation for reliability,” says Ly.
Curious about what passenger cars routinely crack the 200,000 mile barrier? ISeeCars.com has the answer to that question, too.
In this category, Japanese brands dominate, as befits their reputation for quality and durability. It is somewhat surprising to see the Dodge Caravan in this group. In general, it is not regarded as an especially durable vehicle, but clearly they hold together well enough that 1.2% of them are still on the road after 200,000 miles.
Just because your vehicle is on either list is no guarantee it will last 200,000 miles, of course. Attending to routine maintenance, especially oil changes, during the life of the car is critical to long service. Cars that are ignored or abused don’t tend to last very long. It used to be that a car with 50,000 miles on it was considered ready for the crusher. Today, 100,000 is thought of as just getting broken in.
Today’s cars are built better and last longer than ever before, which is one reason why new technology and government mandated improvements will take nearly 20 years before they are included in virtually all cars on the road. The longer cars last, the longer it will take for America to replace its entire fleet of cars with cars that have the latest technology and lowest emissions.