Longest Lasting Cars

The Longest Lasting Cars – Comparing Apples To Apples

What cars last the longest? There are so many myriad ways to answer that question. Almost all vehicles are built to last 100,000 miles. Cars that last 200,000 miles is what separates the reliable from the unreliable. That has become the industry standard benchmark, 200,000 miles, to measure the durability of vehicles. That’s because so very few ever make it to an almost unobtainable 300,000 miles, which becomes a pointless discussion. So it’s 200,000 miles where we at Direct Express Auto Transport draw the line.

It matters in any discussion of cars that last the longest, to compare the same type of vehicles against one another. Because according to iseecars.com 2019 study, it is not cars per se that last the longest but rather, SUV’s and Pickup Trucks that do. Now isn’t that surprising? Those vehicles are bigger and heavier, and they are the ones that last the longest? It makes sense in a certain way, because SUV’s and Pickup Trucks are built to take a beating. And that’s just what they do. Some of them right up to 200,000 miles and beyond at a higher rate than the top 5 long lasting cars.

SUV’s Dominate The Longest Lasting Cars

The top seven longest lasting vehicles reaching 200,000 miles are all SUV’s. Let’s take a look at those winners and the respective percentages that last that long:

Rank Model % of Cars Over 200k Miles
1 Toyota Sequoia 7.4%
2 Chevrolet Suburban 5.0%
3 Ford Expedition 5.0%
4 GMC Yukon XL 4.0%
5 Toyota 4Runner 3.9%
6 Chevrolet Tahoe 3.8%
7 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.1%

Toyota Sequoia Longest Lasting CarMost of the longest lasting vehicles are big SUV’s that are manufactured on a pickup truck platform and share many of the same parts. That gives the bigger SUV’s a distinct durability advantage over most sedans.

The only real downside to larger SUV’s is that they typically have poor gas mileage and consumers are becoming more cognizant of their carbon footprint. You don’t need to be among the 97% of scientists who think climate change is real. Just look at the melting glaciers and crazy dangerous weather patterns of the past few years. Hurricanes are becoming more frequent and ferocious. Floods are destroying towns and farmlands. Any politician who says otherwise is a danger to all of us. Vote him or her out! We have no time for nonsense. So while at first glance these large SUV’s that are so long lasting appear to be a prudent investment, we urge you to reconsider and look at these statistics as actually alarming.

Of the vehicles on this top seven longest lasting list, only the Toyota Highlander Hybrid brings a smile. The Highlander Hybrid gas mileage is 29 mpg city/27 mpg highway. The Toyota Sequoia gas mileage is 13 mpg city/17 mpg highway and lasts longer with 7.4% of them making it to 200,000 miles. Compare that to the Highlander Hybrids’ 3.1%. As good as that is, we wish it were reversed.

Passenger Vehicles (Minivans & Cars) That Last Longest

The number one longest lasting passenger vehicle reaching 200,000 miles is the Toyota Avalon and it does not crack the top ten overall. Indeed, the Toyota Sequoia (7.4%) has nearly a three times greater chance of making it that far than does the Toyota Avalon (2.5%).

Rank Model % of Cars Over 200k Miles
1 Toyota Avalon 2.5%
2 Honda Odyssey 2.5%
3 Honda Accord 1.9%
4 Toyota Sienna 1.8%
5 Toyota Prius 1.7%
6 Chevrolet Impala 1.7%
7 Ford Taurus 1.6%

Among passenger cars and minivans, the Japanese manufacturers lead the way.

Pickup Trucks That Last Longest

The top seven longest lasting light duty pickup trucks reaching 200,000 miles don’t fare as well as the big SUV’s. However, the top three pickup trucks in this category are among the top ten for all makes and models, which is very impressive. Let’s take a look.

Rank Model % of Cars Over 200k Miles
1 Honda Ridgeline 3.0%
2 Toyota Tacoma 2.6%
3 Toyota Tundra 2.6%
4 Chevy Silverado 1500 1.9%
5 Ford F-150 1.8%
6 Nissan Titan 1.7%
7 GMC Sierra 1500 1.7%

The Japanese pickup trucks Honda Ridgeline, Toyota Tacoma and Toyota Tundra run away with the awards in this section. The American makes Chevrolet, Ford and GMC fare nearly as well. Remember, there is very little difference between 2% and 3%. Put another way, are you really much more impressed when saying 3/100 Honda Ridgeline pickup trucks last 200,000 miles whereas only 2/100 Chevrolet Silverado 1500’s do? You’re not. Not sure how many more people will rush to buy a Ridgeline based solely on that?

What Make Of Car Lasts The Longest?

Putting aside particular models, something stands out regarding which car make lasts the longest? Two manufacturers in particular shine. You guessed it, Honda and Toyota, both Japanese car makers. Look for one of them when searching for the longest lasting cars. From a carbon emissions standpoint, it is disturbing to see that big SUV’s and Pickup Trucks last longer than the more fuel efficient passenger vehicles. The average for all makes and models reaching 200,000 miles is 0.8%, or less than 1/100. A tip of the cap to the manufacturers of the well built vehicles that so clearly beat 1/100. Now we only ask that they to do it with greater fuel efficiency.