Want a car that will last more than 200,000 miles? We have two words for you: Go big.
Full-sized vehicles take up nearly the entire list of the 14 models most likely to travel past 200,000 miles over their lifetime, according to a recent ranking by iSeeCars.com.
And the king of them all is the Toyota Sequoia, with 7.4 percent of the vehicles eclipsing the 200,000-mile mark.
Among the 14 vehicles on the iSeeCars.com list, there are:
- Nine SUVs, including a hybrid
- Three pickup trucks
- One minivan
- One sedan
Phong Ly, CEO of iSeeCars.com, says bigger vehicles like the Sequoia are built to last:
“Full-size SUVs like the Sequoia are built on truck platforms so they have the durability of a truck and the cargo space for up to eight passengers. Toyotas are known for their reliability, and our findings show that these capable family haulers are able to go the distance for their owners.”
The ranking is based on an analysis of more than 13.8 million used cars sold in 2018, which were all from model years 1981 through 2018. For each model included in the analysis, iSeeCars.com calculated the percentage of those vehicles that lasted at least 200,000 miles.
On average, 0.8 percent of all vehicle models reached the 200,000-mile mark. But the 14 highest-ranked vehicles did much better.
The top 14 models are:
- Toyota Sequoia (SUV): 7.4 percent reached more than 200,000 miles
- Chevrolet Suburban (SUV): 5 percent
- Ford Expedition (SUV): 5 percent
- GMC Yukon XL (SUV): 4 percent
- Toyota 4Runner (SUV): 3.9 percent
- Chevrolet Tahoe (SUV): 3.8 percent
- Toyota Highlander Hybrid (SUV): 3.1 percent
- Honda Ridgeline (pickup truck): 3 percent
- GMC Yukon (SUV): 2.8 percent
- Toyota Tacoma (pickup truck): 2.6 percent
- Toyota Tundra (pickup truck): 2.6 percent
- Toyota Avalon (sedan): 2.5 percent
- Honda Odyssey (minivan): 2.5 percent
- Lincoln Navigator (SUV): 2.2 percent
Making your car last
As should be obvious from the iSeeCars.com rankings, it’s not easy to make a vehicle last 200,000 miles. Even in the case of the Sequoia, less than 10 percent of all vehicles achieve that mark.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to improve your odds of getting your care to that milestone.
For example, it’s crucial to replace a timing belt long before trouble arises. If you wait, the belt could snap, causing expensive damage. As we note in “5 Keys to Making Your Car Last for 200,000 Miles“:
“Many people skip replacing the timing belt because it can cost several hundred dollars to have this work done. But ignoring this form of maintenance can be a big mistake.”
Now that spring has arrived, it’s also time to address any maintenance issues that winter might have created. For more tips, check out “10 Crucial Steps to Get Your Car Ready for Spring.”
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