10 of the Longest-Surviving Car Models Ever Made

Some cars are short-lived fads that come and go like the seasons. And some cars are staples in the automotive world. They are here to stay.

One of the most important factors many people consider when it comes to buying a car is longevity. After all, no one wants a car that's just going to fall apart immediately after the warranty expires. Most people need their cars to last for years or decades at a time. After all, cars aren't like smartphones, in that they need to remain relevant for more than just a year or two.

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The cars below are notorious for staying alive the longest, sometimes beyond the point at which most people get rid of them. These cars are designed to last, and refuse to die no matter how many miles they go.

10 Lada Riva

Say what you will about the Lada Riva. Sure it's dated, boring and extremely unsafe, but it's also one of the longest lasting cars ever to come out of eastern Europe. First built in 1980 in Russia, the car was exported all over the former Soviet Union. The Riva was sold up until 2012, with barely any changes throughout its lifespan.

This means that Rivas sold during its final year were visually and structurally identical to its first generation counterparts. But despite being built on the cheap, the Riva was a solid little car that refuses to throw in the towel. Go to any of the former Soviet Block States, and you'll see dozens of these things prowling the streets, partying like its 1989.

9 Ford Crown Victoria

For more than twenty-five years, the Crown Victoria has been the face of American law enforcement and the taxi industry. All of this is largely due to the Victoria's sturdy, body-on-frame design, which could withstand any amount of punishment and could be mended with ease.

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This meant that the Crown Victoria was well suited as both a police cruiser and a taxi, as it could withstand the impact of minor fender-benders and potholes and still continue to operate. The Crown Vic's durability transitioned over to its cousins, the Mercury Grand Marquis and the Lincoln Town Car, both of which are continuously cited as some of the toughest cars around.

8 Ford F-150

The F-150 and its derivatives are America's pickups, no doubt about it. While Chevy, GMC and Ram have spent the better part of sixty years trying to best it, the F-Series always comes out on top.

The F-150 is the best selling truck of all time, thanks to its reliability, ruggedness, and off-road capabilities. Among trucks, the F-150 is a cultural institution, and has been driven by everyone from farmers to construction workers, to people who have a taste for adventure. In other words, it's built like a rock.

7 Toyota Camry

Toyota's large family sedan, meant to compete with the likes of the Honda Accord and Volkswagen Passat, is one of the best selling cars of all time, and also one of the longest lasting. Like most other Toyotas, the Camry is built with a level of craftsmanship that few others can boast.

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It manages all of this and maintains good gas milage, making it an all around admirable car. While the Camry used to get some flack for being boring, Toyota has gone to great lengths to make it more fun and luxurious, including the addition of new styling and premium features not usually seen in a car of its type.

6 Honda Accord

The Camry's closest rival, the Accord, has proven to be a formidable rival in the race for top sedan. While the Accord has technically sold more than the Camry (since it has been around longer), opinions are split as which is more reliable. We think it's fair to call a truce, as both sedans have built a reputation for reliability and for a tenancy to last way longer than anything else in their class.

Some Accords have even gone over a million miles, and are still going strong today. And much like the Camry, Honda continues to update the Accord's styling and features to keep it turning heads well into the future.

5 Toyota 4Runner

Built on the frame of the Toyota Hilux (which is also on this list), the 4Runner is regularly cited as one of the most reliable SUVs ever made. Built using tough components that are designed for offroad use, the 4Runner has been known to last for decades without breaking a sweat.

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While it has been criticized for its poor MPG, due largely to its weight, the 4Runner continues to sell well, and is often the first choice for many off-road enthusiasts. Its smooth ride and wealth of luxury features in its upper trim levels means that even the average joe can find something to love about the 4Runner.

4 Honda Civic

Civics are a dime a dozen these days. It seems like wherever you go, there is a Civic in everyone's driveway or parked along every street. The quintessential compact sedan, the Civic has been a hit since it first emerged onto the market.

Boasting a wealth of different trim levels, from performance models to daily drivers, the Civic is made to please everyone. And unlike its rivals, the Civic continues to wow drivers with each successive generation, without any sign of slowing down.

3 Toyota Corolla

The best selling car of all time, the Corolla is also one of the longest-lasting. Built using simple, no-so-easily-broken components, the Corolla has maintained a frequent presence within the automotive world for over fifty years.

It's a safe bet for anyone looking for an inexpensive, fuel-conscious car that will make a great return on one's investment. Buy a Corolla and you'll have a car for life, literally.

2 Land Rover Series IIA

Before they became synopsis with electrical problems and shotty built quality, Land Rover produced some of the longest lasting trucks in existence. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Series IIA, a truck that not only conqured the British countryside, but also the Sahara, the Amazon, and the Outback.

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A favorite among explorers, the IIA was renowned for its ruggedness and durability, making them ideal for traversing exotic locales. The Series IIA can still be found at the ends of the earth, in the most remote and dangerous locations, where all other cars are doomed to crumble and rust.

1 Toyota Hilux

In an episode of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson attempted to destroy a Hilux by any means nessisary. He crashed it, drowned it in the ocean, and even buried it in the rubble of a demolished building, and the damn thing still worked. The Hilux, also called the Toyota Pickup or simply the 4X4, is the Godzilla of trucks.

It seems that, no matter what you throw at it, the Hilux can take it, and then some. It's safe to say that it is the truck that would survive the apocalypse, and give God himself a run for his money. In other words, if you're a survivalist who wants to get a heads up on the end of the world, get a Hilux. The Four Horsemen ain't got nothing on this beast.

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