Purchasing a car can be daunting. It’s expensive and the possibility of choosing a vehicle that’s not durable or requires constant repairs can worsen stress and the financial burden.
The automotive search engine and research website iSeeCars issued its Longest Lasting Cars Study to make the process of purchasing a car easier on the consumer. The site analyzed the prices of over 8.3 million new cars sold between September and December 2023 (regardless of model year) as well as the odometer readings of over 181 million used cars. Then iSeeCars used its findings to compile a list of cars that offer the best value for your money.
The site reports that, on average, a new car costs $2,779 for every 10,000 miles of its lifespan. The top 10 best-valued cars fall comfortably below that. However, heavy-duty vehicles, low-volume vehicles and vehicles that haven’t been continuously in production over the last decade were not included in the analysis.
So if you’re looking for a car with technological luxuries, modern safety features and solid lifespans — one of the following vehicles could be a great choice for you.
10. Toyota Prius
Average new price for this car: $35,313
Average lifespan in miles for this car: 209,839
Price per 10,000 miles: $1,683
The Prius is a hybrid vehicle, running on both gas and electricity. It has a back camera, notifies drivers when another car is nearby and has a Safe Exit Assist feature that alerts users opening the door if there’s traffic nearby.
9. Mazda MAZDA3
Average new price for this car: $30,253
Average lifespan in miles for this car: 184,069
Price per 10,000 miles: $1,644
The MAZDA3 received the 2023 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award and received a 5-Star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As part of its safety features, it boasts adaptive cruise control. This helps drivers maintain a safe distance from the vehicles in front of them and helps them stay centered in lanes.
8. Honda CR-V
Average new price for this car: $35,490
Average lifespan in miles for this car: 219,509
Price per 10,000 miles: $1,617
The Honda CR-V is a great match for road-trippers. It has options such as roof rails and hands-free tailgate access so it’s easy to carry any gear drivers need to take with them. To keep drivers and passengers entertained, the CR-V offers a premium Bose sound system and wireless Apple CarPlay.
7. Nissan Versa
Average new price for this car: $20,601
Average lifespan in miles for this car: 129,696
Price per 10,000 miles: $1,588
The Nissan Versa provides safety and comfort. It helps drivers monitor vehicles from every side. It provides adaptable cruise control and will automatically brake to avoid a potential collision. Drivers can sync their iPhones for full access to Apple Maps, messaging and contacts. The center console also provides a wireless charger.
6. Toyota Camry
Average new price for this car: $31,960
Average lifespan in miles for this car: 201,644
Price per 10,000 miles: $1,585
Toyota boasts about the Camry’s “captivating style” with available high-gloss wheels, two-tone exteriors and a gloss-black front grille with a sport mesh insert. On the inside, it offers heated seats and steering wheels. Its touch-screen features are compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
5. Honda Civic
Average new price for this car: $28,594
Average lifespan in miles for this car: 186,824
Price per 10,000 miles: $1,531
U.S. News & World Report named the Honda Civic as the Best Compact Car for the Money in 2022, and that’s certainly not its only award. It has a 180-horsepower turbocharged engine available, and on the safer side, the Honda Civic provides blind spot and traffic monitoring.
4. Honda Accord
Average new price for this car: $30,321
Average lifespan in miles for this car: 211,772
Price per 10,000 miles: $1,432
The Honda Accord offers a 204-horsepower hybrid powertrain as one option. Not only can it wirelessly stream music, but it can even connect to your smart home devices like Amazon Alexa. Its safety features include a preventive braking system to avoid collisions.
3. Subaru Impreza
Average new price for this car: $27,830
Average lifespan in miles for this car: 197,562
Price per 10,000 miles: $1,409
Like many other newer cars, the Subaru Impreza offers pre-collision preventive breaking. To top that, it also provides pre-collision steering and throttle management to reduce the force of impact and mitigate as much damage as possible.
2. Toyota Corolla
Average new price for this car: $25,017
Average lifespan in miles for this car: 182,133
Price per 10,000 miles: $1,374
The Toyota Corolla comes with dynamic cruise control options and pedestrian detection, which provides both audio and visual warning to the driver if a pedestrian, motorist, cyclist or other vehicle is in range. The Corolla’s interior is spacious, making it great for families, and it can let in the light with a moonroof.
1. Mitsubishi Mirage
Average new price for this car: $18,991
Average lifespan in miles for this car: 172,784
Price per 10,000 miles: $1,099
The Mitsubishi Mirage tries to make stressing over gas on those long drives a thing of the past with a fuel economy of 39 miles per gallon — well above average. It has rain-sensing wipers that automatically turn on and adjust their speed when rain is detected. This car is also helpful in wet conditions thanks to a Stability Control feature that keeps the vehicle driving straight on slippery roads.