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These Cars Are the Most Likely to Surpass 200,000 Miles

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Cars Likely to Last 200K Miles

Sedans such as the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord are legendary for their reliability, but are there other vehicles that are even better bets for sticking with you for 15-plus years? Car search engine iSeeCars studied used-car sales data for nearly 14 million vehicles sold in 2019 to find out which were most likely to reach 200,000 miles. Overall, vehicles show a 1% chance of making it to that milestone — but some fare much better. Which ones came out on top? The answers may surprise you.

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2020 Toyota Tacoma
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Toyota Tacoma

Starting price: $26,050
Percentage of cars still going over 200,000 miles: 2.5
If the price of the Toyota Land Cruiser, the top pickup on this list, is a little too rich for your blood, the Tacoma is another capable compact pickup that can go the distance. While the cabin isn’t as nice, it earns kudos from U.S. News for its off-roading abilities and payload capacity. It also has a nicer interior than the Land Cruiser.

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2018 Lincoln Navigator
The Ford Motor Company

Lincoln Navigator

Starting price: $76,185
Percentage of cars still going over 200,000 miles: 2.6
The pricey Navigator is in good company as one of many large SUVs on this list. “These vehicles are built on truck platforms, so they have the durability of a pickup truck while also being a family vehicle with ample passenger and cargo space,” says Julie Blackley, communications manager for iSeeCars. It also sticks out on this list in one important way, though: It’s the only luxury vehicle to make the cut.

2019 Toyota Avalon
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Toyota Avalon

Starting price: $35,875
Percentage of cars still going over 200,000 miles: 2.6
The only sedan to crack the top 14 is the Toyota Avalon. This large sedan might not have the name recognition of its less-expensive sibling, the Camry, but it certainly has its trademark reliability. Though U.S. News says it has a high sticker price for its class, the upscale interior, safety record, and comfortable ride help justify it.

2020 Honda Odyssey
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Honda Odyssey

Starting price: $30,790
Percentage of cars still going over 200,000 miles: 2.7
Here’s some vindication for families who ditched their sedans or small SUVs reluctantly: The perennially popular Honda Odyssey is the only minivan to crack the top 14 longest-lasting cars. But it has a lot more than reliability going for it. U.S. News ranks it first in its class, praising the spacious interior, family-friendly features, and driving dynamics.

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2020 Toyota Tundra
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Toyota Tundra

Starting price: $33,575
Percentage of cars still going over 200,000 miles: 2.9
Toyota’s second entry on this list is a full-size pickup that is plenty capable and reliable but is overshadowed by the competition when it comes to other metrics. U.S. News places it last in its class, complimenting the truck’s safety features and powerful engine while knocking its poor fuel economy and lower-than-average towing and hauling capabilities.

2020 Honda Ridgeline
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Honda Ridgeline

Starting price: $33,900
Percentage of cars still going over 200,000 miles: 3
Need a compact pickup you can count on for well over a decade? The Honda Ridgeline may just be your workhorse. It also earns raves from critics: U.S. News says it makes up for a lower towing capacity with a smooth ride, upscale interior, plenty of safety features, and a versatile bed. Car and Driver raves that it “caters to and satisfies a wider society than its rivals” with its polished feel.

2021 GMC Yukon AT4
2021 GMC Yukon AT4 by General Motors (CC BY-SA)

GMC Yukon

Starting price: $50,600
Percentage of cars still going over 200,000 miles: 3.2
This “affordable” large SUV still clocks in at more than $50,000 to start, but whether it’s worth the price tag is up for debate. Despite its reliability, Car and Driver says it’s been “neither as comfortable nor as luxurious as its price would suggest,” noting that the interior is just so-so and the third row is cramped. The good news: It's been redesigned for 2021 to be roomier and better overall, making the prospect of buying new even more appealing. 

Toyota 4runner
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Toyota 4Runner

Starting price: $36,120
Percentage of cars still going over 200,000 miles: 3.9
The Toyota 4Runner is a midsize 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. U.S. News editors report that it has a stiff ride and an aging interior, while Car and Driver says it’s “not what you'd call state-of-the-art.”

2021 GMC Yukon
2021 GMC Yukon by General Motors (CC BY-SA)

GMC Yukon XL

Starting price: $53,400
Percentage of cars still going over 200,000 miles: 4.1
It’s no surprise to see the Yukon XL on this list — after all, it’s a stretched-out version of the Yukon, similar except for a longer wheelbase and more cargo room. But it gets the same ho-hum reviews as its more-compact sibling.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe RST
2021 Chevrolet Tahoe RST by General Motors (CC BY-SA)

Chevrolet Tahoe

Starting price: $49,000
Percentage of cars still going over 200,000 miles: 4.1
This full-size SUV shares a platform with the Yukon. But it’s the cheaper of the two, and it may just be the best value if you factor in praise from U.S. News for its powerful engine,  though its ride quality seems to have slipped. Car and Driver recommends it for anyone who needs, but a redesign for 2021 could broaden its appeal.

2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
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Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Starting price: $38,200
Percentage of cars still going over 200,000 miles: 4.2
The Highlander Hybrid, a midsize SUV, is certainly one of the most fuel-efficient picks on this list, as well as one of the most beloved by car critics. It gets an estimated 30 mpg in city driving — not too shabby for an SUV. U.S. News praises its nicely finished cabin and safety features.

2021 Chevrolet Suburban
2021 Chevrolet Suburban by General Motors (CC BY-SA)
2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch
The Ford Motor Company

Ford Expedition

Starting price: $52,810
Percentage of cars still going over 200,000 miles: 5.2
This full-size SUV has been a staple of Ford’s lineup since its introduction in 1997, and though it’s a little pricier than other large SUVs on this list, it’s U.S. News’ pick for the best large, non-luxury SUV. Editors praise the nicely finished cabin, roomy cargo hold, and, unsurprisingly, “above-average predicted reliability.”

2020 Toyota Sequoia
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Toyota Sequoia

Starting price: $49,980
Percentage of cars still going over 200,000 miles: 9.2
Toyota’s full-size SUV was the former champ on iSeeCars’ list of longest-lasting cars, and that was with 7.4% of Sequoias still on the road at the 200,000-mile mark — so it's no critique to see it slip to second place with an even higher percebtage. In production since 2000, it fuses Toyota’s legendary reliability with the advantage of being a large SUV that owners simply expect to last. Though the cabin isn’t quite as nice as those of some newer competitors, it’s roomy and has a powerful engine, U.S. News says.

Toyota Land Cruiser
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Toyota Land Cruiser

Starting price: $85,415
Percentage of cars still going over 200,000 miles: 15.7
It has the highest percentage of vehicles lasting past the 200,000-mile mark by far, but Land Cruiser also deserves a look for its "muscular" engine and off-road abilities, as well as a long list of features from an in-cabin cooler and wireless device charger to quality climate control and moonroof, U.S. News & World Report says. It's pricey, and handling isn't great, but this may be the vehicle to take you a couple hundred thousand miles — so long as no one has to sit in the cramped third row of seats the whole way.

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2019 2020 Honda Pilot Elite
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Other Long-Lasting SUVs

Though not long-lived enough to make the overall list, iSeeCars identified five other SUVs more likely than the 0.9% average for their segment to make it to 200,000 miles:

  • Honda Pilot (2.4% of cars still going over 200,000 miles)
  • Cadillac Escalade (1.6%)
  • Acura MDX (1.6%)
  • Cadillac Escalade ESV (1.5%)
  • Toyota Highlander (1.3%)
2020 Honda Accord
American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Other Long-Lasting Passenger Cars

If you’re just looking for a family hauler or a commuter car, there are several good bets that didn’t make the SUV- and truck-dominated most-reliable list. All of the following cars and minivans have better-than-average chances of reaching 200,000 miles, a feat achieved by an average of 0.7% of vehicles in their class:

  • Honda Odyssey (2.7% of cars still going over 200,000 miles)
  • Toyota Avalon (2.6%)
  • Honda Civic (2.3%)
  • Toyota Sienna (2%)
  • Toyota Prius (2%)
  • Honda Accord (1.8%)
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class (1.7%)
  • Chevrolet Impala (1.6%)
  • Toyota Camry (1.5%)
  • Toyota Camry Hybrid (1.5%)
2020 FORD F-150
The Ford Motor Company

Other Long-Lasting Pickups

As a segment, pickups are the most likely to keep on trucking after the 200,000-mile mark, with an average of 1.8% still on the road. “Pickup trucks are commonly used as work vehicles, so operators are more likely to undergo preventative maintenance and make necessary repairs,” Blackley explains. Besides the pickups on the overall longest-lasting vehicle list, iSeeCars also found that the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Ford F-150, both full-size pickups, are at or slightly above the average for pickups (2% and 1.9%, respectively).

2019 Bentley Mulsanne
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What About Luxury and Sports Cars?

Pickup trucks are your best bet for getting a vehicle that will take a licking and keep on ticking, and at first blush, luxury cars seem to be the opposite — and it may be telling that iSeeCars’ dropped a category listing from its results in the past year. (The only luxury car listed over the 0.7% average is a Mercedes-Benz E-Class, at 1.7%.) But that might not tell the full story, Blackley cautions. “It’s not that these vehicles are unreliable, it’s that these kinds of vehicles aren’t as likely to accrue high mileage,” she says. “Luxury vehicles are leased more often than non-luxury vehicles, and owners keep the mileage down as a result.” The same goes for pricey sports cars — since they aren’t typically driven daily, they’re unlikely to reach the 200,000-mile mark, she says, and the listings rank them instead if they can pass the 150,000-mile mark. (A short list achieves better than the 1.5% average, led by the Audi TT at 4.1%.) 

2018 Toyota Camry XSE (13)
2018 Toyota Camry XSE (13) by Automotive Rhythms (CC BY-NC-ND)

Most Reliable Brands

Five car brands were more likely to reach 200,000 miles, besting the 0.8% average for all models:

  • Toyota (1.8% of cars still going over 200,000 miles)
  • Honda (1.6%)
  • GMC (1.4%)
  • Chevrolet (1.4%)
  • Ford (1.1%)

As for the glut of American brands — what gives? Three of the brands "that have above-average reliability are American brands, with GMC leading the pack in third place,” Blackley points out. “While American cars have historically been plagued by reliability issues, that perception has started to shift in recent years. American full-size SUVs and trucks have proven to be reliable and … these SUVs boost the brands’ overall averages.”