Have you ever wondered what the average lifespan of a car is? Well, according to research done by R.L. Polk, an average car on the road will last for about 11.4 years. That’s about as long as the lifespan of a dog. But chances are that you’ll have your dog for that amount of time, but not your car. You see, while the lifespan of the car is 11.4 years, a driver on average doesn’t keep the car for more than roughly six years.
There are several things that compel people to make the switch. The first—and the most important—reason is advancements in technology. I remember driving my 1999 Accord back in 2013. It was a good car—that V6 was pretty gutsy and responsive. But when it came to tech, it lagged behind. A USB player was kind of too advanced for it; it didn’t even have a CD player. All it had was a cassette player. Considering that, you can imagine, voice recognition was a “Who Dis?” for that car.
And then there are safety features which are an obvious reason to switch. On average, there are 1.2% of cars from all models that traverse more than 200K miles. Those listed here have a number that’s way higher than the average.
Let’s check them out!
20 FORD F-150
And here we are, face to face with the boss. No amount of praise can be enough for this rugged truck. Whether you check out that fabulous front fascia, the stylish sides, or the reinvigorating rear, it’s one fine piece of truck through and through. The interior is intuitive, and the powerplant is powerful.
Whatever your heart desires, this truck has it as standard. The bestselling vehicle in America is not only dominating the market, but will be seen on the road for the longest time, thanks to the ability to easily go over 200K miles. It’s the US truck.
19 FORD EXPEDITION
Here’s another SUV, this time from Ford. It’s a pretty handsome SUV. It has a fairly good exterior styling, although that’s not its beauty.
The beauty comes from it being equipped with a twin-turbo, which can make 375 or 400 HP depending on the trim.
The 2018 model year got some changes, which has made it a little lighter. While the top trim can come to the price of the Mercedes-Benz GLS—and not provide the equivalent posh materials—any trim level of the Expedition has a good chance of lasting 300K miles, let alone the 200K mark. Now, that’s something MB can’t offer!
18 HONDA ACCORD
Ah, the lovely Accord. Despite being a fairly “average” for entry-level sedan, it’s one good looking car. While its nemesis the Camry looks good too, it’s not as sleek and chic as this Accord is. The differences are subtle, but can be seen most prominently in the smoothly sloping roofline that kind of gives you a coupe vibe in the Accord.
The Camry doesn’t manage to get that slender look. Moving inside, the car has a very nice and refined cabin. C/D has been an all time fan of the Accord, if you didn’t know. Much like the other Honda vehicles that made it here, Accord makes it without any difficulties.
17 FORD TAURUS
The sales of these cars have been impressive. If you check it out, more than 7M of these cars have sold in the past. The mid ‘90s used to be the time when every single household had the name “Taurus” in conversation, akin to how we have the name “Raptor” or “pickups” in our mind nowadays.
But over time, the Taurus just couldn’t keep up. And when you aren’t able to adapt, things go bad pretty quickly.
The current Taurus isn’t the end of the world, but neither is it something that would stick out of the herd. Nonetheless, the car can grind up to 200K miles.
16 NISSAN TITAN
This is a heroic effort to displace US pickup tycoons Ford and GM. It’s a good effort, but it doesn’t quite get things as right as Nissan and we’d have hoped. Some things it does get right are the awesome stopping power and large, comfortable cabin with comfortable seats.
However, it somewhat misses the mark when it comes to the ride and steering and handling and infotainment system. As you can see, that’s a lot of “ands.” But Nissan is known to have produced some reliable vehicles in the past and even nowadays. And Titan is no different, with 1.7% of them roaming around with over 200K miles.
15 GMC SIERRA 1500
Ah, the lovely Sierra. It’s a nice truck offered by GM for a price that’s a little higher than what the mechanically equivalent Silverado asks. GM calls it a “business truck,” while counterpart Chevy gives a more family vibe. Fair enough, I suppose.
There are some differences in the exterior styling, which are pretty apparent by the grille. While the powerplant and frame are the same, the interior also differs.
GM always finds a way to make everything upscale and manages to charge for that. There are 1.5% Sierra 1500s out there that have traveled more than 200K miles. It’s a sturdy US car.
14 CHEVY SILVERADO 1500
And here is that mechanically identical truck to the one that everyone is so crazy after. It’s not exactly at the Ford F-150 level, but you can rest assured it’s right behind the F-150, if we're talking about sales numbers. It’s a pretty top notch truck that has various things going for it. Whether it’s the handsome front, the posh interior or the powerful powerplant, this truck has it all.
The towing capacity is insane and so is the hauling ability. People have a hard time deciding between this and the F-150 unless loyalties cloud reasoning. A good 2.1% of these cars have over 200K miles on them.
13 TOYOTA SIENNA
Ladies and gents, please welcome the Camry of minivans, Toyota Sienna. I have always let the looks of a minivan slide, as there’s not much a manufacturer can do to make them look any unique from one another—except for the front fascia, perhaps. This is a good family hauler.
The power is sufficient with the 296 HP, 3.5L V6 pumping all that energy to the front.
Even more, the Sienna actually offers all-wheel drive. While the enthusiasts won’t find much enjoyment in the Sienna, money savers will find it helpful to know that 1.7% of the Siennas run longer than 200K miles.
12 TOYOTA CAMRY
While the Accord has beaten this one in terms of everything (kind of, the sales department is where Accord starts falling behind a little), the Camry is still one popular car that is capable of enchanting the masses to no end. It’s not as stylish as the Accord, but that doesn’t mean Toyota is not working on making its brand image come across as “enjoyable” and “fashionable.”
The interior looks well done and comfortable. While clark.com states that about 1.5% of Camrys go over 200K miles, I’d imagine a lot more than that go. I mean, the Camry was the best selling car for the longest time in our history.
11 CHEVY IMPALA
Ah, the Impala. The percentage of cars running over 200K is the same as that of the Camry. These cars used to be a bomb back in the ‘60s and ’70s. (Sometimes I wonder what Camrys would have looked like had they been out back in those days.)
But that’s not to say the current ones don’t look seriously good either. Just check out that beautiful styling of its sides. It’s kind of pretty neat and egregiously good looking. Chevy has had some decent amount of trouble with this lineup though. All said, about 1.5% of these cars still run after 200K miles.
10 HONDA RIDGELINE
Ah, the Ridgeline. You know, being the only pickup offered by Honda has its perks. This car is liked by a lot of people, although I’m sure variety would have helped Honda in the flammable pickup class.
In the pickup class, this one comes in second with 2.2% of these vehicles going over 200K miles.
The pickup itself looks very good thanks to the narrow front fascia styling. The beauty of this truck is that it has all the truck capabilities, but has the ride of a car. It shouldn’t have been a surprise to find this beast here.
9 TOYOTA TUNDRA
Here’s another pickup that is doing good in the market. While the truck looks good, it doesn’t look as macho as the Tacoma. It has a solid powerplant that produces a respectable amount of horsepower.
There are a few problems with the Tundra that leave room for doubt when considering this pickup to be picked up for your garage.
The cabin styling is dated, and the infotainment system is not far behind. There’s no car-like vibe in the Tundra; it’s a bumpy ride through and through. However, while the Tundra needs a makeover, Toyota made it sturdy enough such that it can ride out for 200K plus miles.
8 HONDA ODYSSEY
This here is a pretty good minivan. The front fascia looks pretty average, but the sides look pretty top notch with nice curves here and there. The side’s styling gives a sense of toughness to the minivan. It’s quick with 280 horses, but the cabin remains quiet. Some of the higher trims provide really neat stuff. For instance, in the Touring and Elite trims, you get an onboard vacuum cleaner, 4G LTE WiFi hotspot and a digital rear seat monitor. In other words, Odyssey has been carrying family safely for a while. So it shouldn’t be surprising that 2.4% of these cars have over 200K miles.
7 CHEVY TAHOE
This is one big and audacious SUV. It looks pretty neat through and through. The front fascia is pretty dominating. And as powerful as the exterior may look, equally powerful is 355-HP V8 powerplant of this truck.
If, however, your heart was in love with power, you can have the RST performance package, that will give you 45 more horses.
The cabin is also fully stocked with all the necessary and extra items. But if you thought that was it, you’d still be somewhat wrong. It’s a durable beast. Indeed, about 3.8% of the Tahoes are still going strong after 200K miles.
6 GMC YUKON
If you have this car, you can place a “Do It” decal after the “Yukon” logo and provide courage to those who might need it. It’s a beautiful SUV, and aside from some styling differences, this and the Chevy Tahoe are identical.
Of course, GM being a little bit more aristocratic, commands a couple more thousand, which is reasonable, considering they put out things that are a little posher and more dignified. However, if you were to look at the percentage of vehicles over 200K, you’d find the Yukon to be a percent behind the Tahoe. But if you go to the Yukon XL, you’ll find it up by 0.1%.
5 TOYOTA TACOMA
The Tacoma is a solid pickup truck. It looks bold and rugged with the hexagonal grille, and the overall appearance gives a sense of dominance, particularly with the vent in the hood. The interior might be a little tight for some and the fuel economy “meh.”
But there are some things—namely the off-roading goodies—that make it a total beast. There’s also the option of going TRD, which will take you to another level, a world of its own. At a base price of $25K, the truck can last you for several years, as there are about 2.6% of Tacomas roaming around with over 200K miles.
4 TOYOTA AVALON
There are about 2.4% of Avalons that have over 200K miles on them. The 2019 model year looks pretty dope. It’s one of those cars that have two complimenting curves on the sides; check it out, the sides look really cool.
And once you move to the interior, you’ll find everything looking really posh too. It’s just a modest luxury car that is offered by Toyota for a price that will be easy on your wallet.
A V6 is standard, although the earth-friendly can have the optional hybrid. And this is a car that’ll actually stay for a while, “200K plus miles” while.
3 TOYOTA 4RUNNER
This is another macho SUV from Toyota. Just look at the front fascia. It looks angry, annoyed and ready to roll over any pavement that dares to come in its way. And that confidence perhaps comes from it sharing some DNA with a pickup truck. In other words, the SUV is a great off-roader that can haul 5,000 pounds behind it. The SUV, however, is a bit hardcore when it comes to driving too. The interior is not as posh as some of the crossovers. All said, about 4.2% of these cars have more than 200K miles on them, and the 4Runner is most likely to reach 300K too.
2 CHEVY SUBURBAN
This is one massive SUV. It’s a good looking truck, despite being boxy. It’s a stable family hauler for our people, and it has continued to do that job since 1935 from the bottom of its heart.
While it has the capacity to seat up to nine, there’s enough cargo room that some have jokingly said it has enough space for ballroom dancing.
For an enthusiast, the 355 HP, 5.3L V8 should be plenty of power to do whatever the heart desires (within reasons for this one). It’s worth the money, as 5.2% the Suburbans have more than 200K miles. Plus, it’s another car likely to go over 300K miles.
1 TOYOTA SEQUOIA
This truck came out at the beginning of this century. It was a behemoth SUV. I mean, the size was comparable to the likes of the Ford Excursion. While Toyota released the Sequoia back in the day with the intention of people associating it with adjectives like “sturdy” and “large,” it has become synonymous with “old,” much like the Sequoia tree.
However, the 2018 updates helped its image.
It’s one gargantuan SUV, and we mean that quite literally. Say what you want to, but this is one durable truck, capable of going not only 200K plus miles, but 300K miles! There are 6.6% of the Sequoias with over 200K miles.