The Longest-Lasting Car Brands Shouldn’t Surprise You

by Gabrielle DeSantis

Buying a new car can get expensive. Chances are then that you want your next car to last for a reasonably long time. Say, 200,000-miles or more. If that’s the case, then you’ll be pleased to know that iSeeCars has sifted through the data and revealed its picks for the longest-lasting car brands. And the car brands that iSeeCars highlighted? Well, they really shouldn’t surprise you.

Six of the longest-lasting car brands are American

After analyzing more than 11.8 million cars sold in 2020, iSeeCars set out to determine which brands had the highest percentage of cars to reach at least 200,000-miles. iSeeCars further analyzed its data to determine what the longest-lasting car brands are.

After sifting through its data, iSeeCars found that six of the longest-lasting car brands are American. While 1.0% of all vehicle models reached 200,000-miles, 1.1% of Ram models sold in 2020 successfully achieved 200,000-miles. According to iSeeCars, the longest-lasting Ram is the Ram 1500. In fact, 1.2% of Ram 1500 models sold in 2020 have already surpassed the 200,000-mile mark.

Ford (1.4%), GMC (1.4%), Cadillac (1.5%), and Chevy (1.5%) also found themselves among the longest-lasting car brands. According to iSeeCars, each of these brands offers long-lasting SUVs and pickups, contributing to their above-average ranking. In fact, iSeeCars reports that models like the Chevy Suburban, Ford Expedition, Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Chevy Silverado, and the Ford F-150 have all proven themselves to last longer than the average vehicle.

Honda knows how to build reliable, long-lasting cars

Now, American car brands aren’t the only brands responsible for some of the longest-lasting cars. As it turns out, Honda was also included in iSeeCars’ list of the longest-lasting car brands. And for good reasons too. In fact, based on iSeeCars’ data, 1.6% of Honda models sold in 2020 successfully reached the 200,000-mile mark.

As for the longest-lasting Honda models? iSeeCars determined that of all the models that Honda sells, the Honda Ridgeline and the Honda Odyssey last the longest. While 3.4% of Ridgeline models sold in 2020 reached 200,000-miles, 2.9% of Honda Odyssey models did the same. Compare that to a 1.0% average for all vehicle models, and those figures are pretty impressive. 

Toyota is the longest-lasting car brand reports iSeeCars

Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition | Toyota

As for the top spot on iSeeCars’ list? Well, with 2.0% of models sold in 2020 having reached 200,000 miles, that honor went to none other than Toyota. Though, that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Based on iSeeCars’ data, on average, 1.0% of vehicles sold in 2020 reached 200,000-miles. Toyota was able to double that figure with long-lasting cars like the Toyota Land Cruiser, Sequoia, 4Runner, Avalon, Highlander Hybrid, and the Toyota Tacoma. 

Of those models, the Toyota Land Cruiser lasts the longest. In fact, 16.3% of Toyota Land Cruiser models sold in 2020 reached 200,000-miles. That figure is nothing short of impressive. As for why the Toyota Land Cruiser lasts for so long? As iSeeCars Executive Analyst Karl Brauer explained, “The iconic and indestructible Toyota Land Cruiser is engineered to last at least 25 years, even under the harshest of driving conditions, as it is relied upon in many developing countries where off-road driving is the norm.” 

“Toyotas account for the majority of the top ten longest-lasting cars and is the most represented automaker, validating the brand’s reputation for building enduring and reliable vehicles.”

iSeeCars Executive Analyst Karl Brauer

How to help your car last for 200,000-miles or more

If you want your car to last for 200,000-miles or more, Consumer Reports has a few tips worth keeping in mind. The first is to buy a vehicle that has a reputation for reliability. Fortunately, with iSeeCars’ data in hand, doing so is a pretty manageable task. 

Next, you’re going to have to take care of that precious new car. In fact, when it comes to making a car last, Consumer Reports explains that while choosing a reliable model can certainly help, what’s most important is keeping with the vehicle’s maintenance needs. So that oil change? If you want your car to last, you better not miss it.

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