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

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Keep on Truckin’
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Keep on Truckin’

Sedans like 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 2018 to find out which were most likely to reach 200,000 miles. Overall, vehicles had an average 0.8% chance of making it to that milestone, but some fared much better. Which ones came out on top? The answers may surprise you.

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Lincoln Navigator
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Lincoln Navigator

Starting price: $73,205
Percentage of cars still going over 200,000 miles: 2.2
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. However, it also sticks out in one important way: It’s the only luxury vehicle to make the cut.

Honda Odyssey
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Honda Odyssey

Starting price: $30,190
Percentage of cars still going over 200,000 miles: 2.5
Here’s some vindication for families who reluctantly ditched their sedans or small SUVs: 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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Toyota Avalon
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Toyota Avalon

Starting price: $35,550
Percentage of cars still going over 200,000 miles: 2.5
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.

Toyota Tundra
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Toyota Tundra

Starting price: $31,520
Percentage of cars still going over 200,000 miles: 2.6
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.

Toyota Tacoma
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Toyota Tacoma

Starting price: $25,700
Percentage of cars still going over 200,000 miles: 2.6
If the price of the Honda Ridgeline, the top pickup on this list, is a little too rich for your blood, the Toyota 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 higher towing capacity than the Ridgeline.

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GMC Yukon
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GMC Yukon

Starting price: $49,600
Percentage of cars still going over 200,000 miles: 2.8
The first “affordable” large SUV on this list still clocks in at close to $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 “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.

Honda Ridgeline
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Honda Ridgeline

Starting price: $29,990
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.

2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
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Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Starting price: $37,170
Percentage of cars still going over 200,000 miles: 3.1
The Highlander Hybrid, a mid-size 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 also ranks it at the top of the crowded mid-size SUV field, praising the nicely finished cabin and safety features.

Chevrolet Tahoe
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Chevrolet Tahoe

Starting price: $48,000
Percentage of cars still going over 200,000 miles: 3.8
Chevy’s first full-size SUV on this list, the Tahoe also 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 and comfortable ride. Car and Driver recommends it for anyone who needs big-time towing capability.

Toyota 4runner
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Toyota 4Runner

Starting price: $35,110
Percentage of cars still going over 200,000 miles: 3.9
The Toyota 4Runner is another mid-size SUV, making it 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 “dated and falling behind its competition.”

GMC Yukon XL
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GMC Yukon XL

Starting price: $52,400
Percentage of cars still going over 200,000 miles: 4
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.

Ford Expedition
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Ford Expedition

Starting price: $52,130
Percentage of cars still going over 200,000 miles: 5
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.”

Chevrolet Suburban
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Toyota Sequoia
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Toyota Sequoia

Starting price: $48,850
Percentage of cars still going over 200,000 miles: 7.4
Toyota’s full-size SUV takes the top spot on iSeeCars’ list of longest-lasting cars, with 7.4 percent of Sequoias still on the road at the 200,000-mile mark. 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 safe with a smooth ride, U.S. News says.

Honda Pilot EX
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Other Long-Lasting SUVs

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

  • Honda Pilot (1.9% of cars still going over 200,000 miles)
  • Dodge Durango (1.5%)
  • Cadillac Escalade (1.5%)
  • Acura MDX (1.4%)
  • Toyota Highlander (1.4%)
  • Cadillac Escalade ESV (1.3%)
Honda Accord
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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 0.6% of vehicles in their class:

  • Honda Accord (1.9% of cars still going over 200,000 miles)
  • Toyota Sienna (1.8%)
  • Toyota Prius (1.7%)
  • Chevrolet Impala (1.7%)
  • Ford Taurus (1.6%)
  • Toyota Camry (1.4%)
  • Toyota Camry Hybrid (1.2%)
  • Honda Civic (1.2%)
Ford F-150
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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 three 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 (1.9% and 1.8% respectively).

2013 Rolls-royce Phantom
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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, but at first blush, luxury cars seem to be the opposite — an average of only 0.3% are still on the road at 200,000 miles, according to iSeeCars’ data. 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.

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

Most Reliable Brands

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

  • Toyota (1.7% of cars still going over 200,000 miles)
  • Honda (1.5%)
  • GMC (1.4%)
  • Chevrolet (1.2%)
  • Ram (1.1%)
  • Ford (1%)

As for the glut of American brands — what gives? “Four of six 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.”