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Looking for a reliable car that you'll be able to depend on for years to come? There are plenty of sturdy vehicles out there that fit the bill. Even better: A couple of the cars on this list are inexpensive to repair when things do go wrong. Whether you want a fuel-efficient compact, a premium SUV, a commuter-friendly sedan, room for the family, or something a little more luxurious, here are 20 expert-vetted cars that should be able to go the distance. (Do you like to keep your vehicles for a long time? Here are 20 Cars Are the Most Likely to Surpass 200,000 Miles.)

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Honda Fit

Budget-Friendly Hatchback: Honda Fit

Starting price: $16,190 
Need a reliable, compact, sporty car that goes easy on the wallet? Unsurprisingly, a Honda comes out on top, according to J.D. Power. Other bright spots, according to drivers: The surprisingly roomy interior, seats that are easy to fold to accommodate bulky items, and plenty of rear visibility.

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Toyota Corolla
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Trusty and Safe: Toyota Corolla

Starting price: $19,825
This longtime favorite sits atop U.S. News & World Report's reliability rankings for 2020 and has long been a no-brainer for years of compact-car buyers. In addition to being reliable cars, Toyotas are often noted for standout safety features, and that's again the case here: Features including forward collision and lane departure warnings are standard. The tradeoffs, critics say: Less space than some rivals, and a less impressive engine.

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Nissan LEAF
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An All-Electric Option: Nissan Leaf

Starting price: $31,600
Tempted by a Tesla? Nissan has a reliable, less-pricey contender in the Leaf, an electric hatchback with a range of up to 149 miles on one charge (or 226 with the souped-up Leaf Plus). It's a J.D. Power award-winner for dependability, and owners say it's hard to beat for zipping around town without worrying about fuel economy. The major downside, according to critics: a rather unimpressive interior.

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Toyota Prius
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Hybrid Heaven: Toyota Prius

Starting price: $24,325
The most ubiquitous of hybrids gets U.S. News' nod for longevity, which might make the slight price premium that hybrids command a bit easier to stomach. As always, the Prius has hard-to-beat fuel economy (testers got an impressive 52 mpg). Reviewers say the ride is comfortable, the hatchback design means plenty of cargo room, and six models mean there's plenty of room for customization.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Small and Speedy: Mazda MX-5 Miata

Starting price: $26,580
The Mazda Miata, a zippy little roadster, is the most reliable bet if you want something with a little more oomph, according to J.D. Power. Of course, this isn't the car to get if you're hauling lots of people or stuff, but it should go the distance for those who want to put the top down on a sunny day and tackle a curvy road with enthusiasm.

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Honda Accord
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Sturdy Sedan: Honda Accord

Starting price: $24,270
"Owners have darn few problems with these cars," raves Kiplinger, giving the Honda Accord an unsurprising but well-deserved spot on its list of "15 Cars that Refuse to Die." A compact, sporty car around since the mid-'70s, the Accord is also among the cars most likely to get you to 200,000 miles or more. Expect good fuel economy, a low base price, more trunk space than the Toyota Camry, and a roomy interior. It also boasts adaptive cruise control on the base trim level.

Toyota Camry
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Trusty Best-Seller: Toyota Camry

Starting price: $24,425
One of the world's best sedans with a low base price, the Toyota Camry has long been the Honda Accord's stiffest competition, but if sales are any indication, it's the Camry that comes out on top — in fact, it's been the nation's most popular sedan every year but one since 1997, according to Kiplinger. Why? It's a reliable car that delivers the goods model year after model year, according to reviewers: Buyers get a comfortable, quiet ride, great gas mileage, reliable braking, and easily understandable controls.

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Buick Regal

Luxury on a Budget: Buick Regal

Starting price: $25,370
While critics say it lags other entry-level luxury sedans when it comes to refinement, the Buick Regal is one of U.S. News' picks for the most reliable cars of 2020. Other perks include a roomy, quiet cabin with lots of head and leg room. This is the final year to get a new one — the 2020 Regal is the last before Buick drops the model.

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Buick Encore

Compact Crossover: Buick Encore

Starting price: $23,200 
While Buick might not be the first brand that springs to mind for reliability, the Encore is our second Buick on this list. The compact crossover has been a reliable standout for a couple of years and is J.D. Power's top-ranked small SUV for dependability, where owners give it high marks for its quiet, stylish interior and smooth ride.

Honda CR-V

Small SUV to Beat: Honda CR-V

Starting price: $25,150 
The versatile Honda CR-V certainly has reliability in its favor: It's a leader among small SUVs when it comes to the percentage of cars that have reached 200,000 miles or more. U.S. News has called it one of the best compact SUVs you can get for the money, outclassing rivals when it comes to cargo space, fuel economy, safety technology, and more.

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A 2018 Chevrolet Equinox photographed in Queens, New York, USA
A 2018 Chevrolet Equinox photographed in Queens, New York, USA by Kevauto (CC BY-SA)

Dependable Versatility: Chevrolet Equinox

Starting price: $23,800 
Not sold on the CR-V? Take a second look at the less expensive but similarly sized Chevy Equinox, which also earns high marks for dependability from J.D. Power. It earns critics' raves for a roomy interior, quiet ride, and polished, easy-to-use controls, though it's not quite as good on gas as the Honda.

Honda Odyssey
Toyota Sienna
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Family-Favorite Minivan: Toyota Sienna

Starting price: $31,640 
The Odyssey's Toyota counterpart gets the nod for dependability from J.D. Power this year. This minivan draws praise for all the essentials, including generous cargo space, a quiet, smooth ride. It's also the only minivan currently available with all-wheel drive — an important consideration for families who live in potentially snowy climates.

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Toyota Highlander

A Ride With Room to Spare: Toyota Highlander

Starting price: $34,600 
Got a larger crew? The mid-size Toyota Highlander provides that all-important third row, particularly clutch for families that need car-pool flexibility. It just so happens this car is also one of the vehicles its owners keep around the longest, with 18.3% of Highlanders still in the garages of their original owners 15 years after purchase, according to iSeeCars.

Toyota 4Runner
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Stalwart Off-Roader: Toyota 4Runner

Starting price: $36,120
The Toyota 4Runner is a mid-size SUV that's a solid choice for smaller families who want a vehicle they can depend on for the long haul. But critics say the reliability may be one of the only major upsides, assuming you don't need its off-roading capabilities; Car and Driver writes that there are plenty of cars "better suited to domestic duty" than this one. That said, nearly 4% of 4Runners are still going after 200,000 miles, according to iSeeCars.

Toyota Tundra
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Rough and Ready Truck: Toyota Tundra

Starting price: $33,575
Even though Toyota has a small percentage of the U.S. pickup market compared with Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler, this heavy-duty truck has its fans. Kelley Blue Book notes that it has the best resale value in its segment, and the Tundra leads its segment in the percentage of vehicles that have reached 200,000 miles or more, according to iSeeCars. The impressive payload and towing capacity also help this truck keep its following.

Porsche Macan

Sporty Splurge: Porsche Macan

Starting price: $52,100 
If you're going to invest in a show-stopping luxury car, you want it to last. The Porsche Macan is an eye-catching crossover that has the practicality of a small SUV, but the underpinnings and capabilities of a sleek sports car. It's the top-rated compact premium SUV in J.D. Power's survey of the most dependable cars, and it has the interior refinement and performance to justify its price, critics say.

Ford Expedition
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Brawny and Long-Lasting: Ford Expedition

Starting price: $52,810
This full-size SUV has been a staple of Ford's lineup since its introduction in 1997, and though it's a little pricey, it's also U.S. News' pick for the best large, non-luxury SUV. Editors praise the nicely finished cabin, towing capacity, fuel economy, and roomy cargo hold, calling it "pretty much the entire package." Even more impressive, more than 5% of Expeditions are still going after 200,000 miles.

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Toyota Land Cruiser

Rugged King of SUVs: Toyota Land Cruiser

Starting price: $85,415
Toyota's iconic Land Cruiser takes the top spot on iSeeCars' list of longest-lasting cars, with a staggering 15.7% of Land Cruisers still on the road at the 200,000-mile mark. Though its price puts it out of reach for many buyers, it's still the go-to vehicle for those who want to invest in a big, luxurious off-roader that will go the distance, even when the terrain is rough.

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