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 15 models most likely to travel past 200,000 miles over their lifetime in a recent iSeeCars ranking.
And the king of them all is the Toyota Land Cruiser, a full-size SUV, with 15.7% of those vehicles eclipsing the 200,000-mile mark.
Among the 15 models on the iSeeCars list, there are:
- 10 SUVs, including one hybrid
- Three pickup trucks
- One minivan
- One sedan
Phong Ly, CEO of iSeeCars, says bigger vehicles like the Land Cruiser and No. 2-ranked Toyota Sequoia are built to last:
“With roots dating back to 1950, the iconic and indestructible Toyota Land Cruiser is designed to last at least 25 years, and it is relied upon in many developing countries where off-road driving is the norm. … Like the Land Cruiser, the Toyota Sequoia is built on a truck platform, so it has the durability of a truck and seating for up to eight passengers, making it a capable family hauler that is able to endure high mileage.”
The ranking is based on an analysis of more than 15.8 million used cars sold in 2019.
On average, just 1% of all vehicle models reached the 200,000-mile mark. But the 15 highest-ranked vehicles did much better.
The top 15 models are:
- Toyota Land Cruiser: 15.7% of vehicles reach 200,000 miles
- Toyota Sequoia: 9.2%
- Ford Expedition: 5.2%
- Chevrolet Suburban: 4.9%
- Toyota Highlander Hybrid: 4.2%
- Chevrolet Tahoe: 4.1%
- GMC Yukon XL: 4.1%
- Toyota 4Runner: 3.9%
- GMC Yukon: 3.2%
- Honda Ridgeline: 3.0%
- Toyota Tundra: 2.9%
- Honda Odyssey: 2.7%
- Toyota Avalon: 2.6%
- Lincoln Navigator: 2.6%
- Toyota Tacoma: 2.5%
Making your car last
As should be obvious from the iSeeCars rankings, it’s not easy to make a vehicle last 200,000 miles. Even in the case of the Land Cruiser, fewer than 16% of all those vehicles achieved that mark.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to improve your odds of getting your car to that milestone.
For example, it’s crucial to follow items on the maintenance schedule, such as replacing 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.”
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