As you may have heard, these are not the best times for auto shopping. An unprecedented convergence of factors, including pent-up consumer demand and a lack of supply due to continued shortages of semiconductors, have conspired to undermine auto dealer inventories and send transaction prices soaring. But many motorists can’t wait for the market to stabilize to get a new car, truck or SUV, and most would now pay more than the list price for a new vehicle, with the average model now coming out for more than $46,000.
Additionally, car buyers are financing their trips over longer and longer terms, with 72x and 7-year financing becoming more commonplace to help keep monthly payments affordable. Things aren’t looking much better in the used-vehicle market either, with the average used model selling for over $28,000, more than 40% more than before the car hit the scene. COVID-19.
Whether you’re looking for a new or used model, it’s always prudent to choose one that can provide many years of reliable use, but at these inflated prices and extended loan terms, it becomes imperative to choose one. model that can be expected to go the distance. Fortunately, with proper maintenance and timely repairs, today’s vehicles can be expected to travel 150,000 or even 200,000 miles or more, although some tend to live longer and age more gracefully than others.
For this, the automotive search engine iSeeCars.com looked at more than 14.9 million used vehicle transactions that took place in 2021 to determine which mainstream models are most likely to reach and exceed 200,000 miles, and which still have life in them .
It turns out that the most durable cars on the road aren’t cars at all, with nine of the top 15 being large truck-based SUVs; three are pickup trucks and two are minivans, leaving only two passenger cars on the most reliable list. Eight of the longest-lasting models come from Toyota, with the large Land Cruiser SUV (and soon to be discontinued in the US) being the most likely to join the 200,000 mile club.
“With new and used car prices at record highs, many consumers are likely to keep their vehicles on the road for an extended period of time or are looking to buy a reliable vehicle to get the best return on investment,” says analyst Karl. executive at iSeeCars. Brauer. “Toyotas represent the majority of the ten most durable vehicles, confirming the brand’s reputation for building durable and reliable vehicles.”
All models on iSeeCars.com’s 200,000+ list were found to have at least 3.0% of their original production still on the road and racking up max mileage (compared to the average of industry by 1.2%). That includes the only two four-door cars on the list, the Toyota Avalon and the hybrid Prius. It’s worth noting that one-third of the top 15 models are full-size nationwide SUVs from Chevrolet, Ford and GMC. We present the full list below.
Among individual brands, Toyota leads the pack in terms of the highest percentage of its models needing to pass the 200,000 mile barrier (2.3%), followed by Honda (1.9%), GMC (1, 8%), Chevrolet (1.6%), and Ford (1.5%). “The majority of the most durable SUVs and pickup trucks are American vehicles of these brands, which contributes to their above-average rankings on this list,” Brauer says.
Here are the vehicles most likely to still be in service after 200,000+ miles, according to iSeeCars.com:
- Toyota Land Cruiser (18.2% still riding after 200,000 miles)
- Toyota Sequoia (14.2%)
- Chevrolet Suburban (6.6%)
- GMC Yukon XL (5.2%)
- Toyota 4Runner (4.6%)
- Ford Expedition (4.5%)
- Chevy Tahoe (4.4%)
- Toyota Tundra (4.0%)
- Toyota Avalon (3.9%)
- Toyota Prius (3.9%)
- Toyota Highlander Hybrid (3.8%)
- GMC Yukon (3.7%)
- Honda Ridgeline (3.7%)
- Honda Odyssey (3.2%)
- Toyota Siena (3.2%)
You can read the full study here.