Two new studies argue which cars are most likely to break the 200,000-mile barrier.
We all want our cars to last, and indeed most cars these days will certainly get to 100,000 miles fairly easily with routine maintenance. But a car that will survive past its 200,000th mile is a special breed of rugged and can save you the cost of a new car when others would be forced to purchase a new set of wheels.
But knowing which kind of car will go the distance beforehand is tricky work. Two new studies try and answer this question using two vastly different approaches.
The differences are a product of the way the two lists were created. Consumer Reports based their list on the historical performance of previous cars as well as expert opinion. I see cars used a more scientific approach and analyzed sales data from 13.5 million cars sold in 2017. the site then recorded all cars sold that had over 200,000 miles on the odometer, essentially using the aggregate opinion of car buyers to create their list.
And what's on those lists? For Consumer Reports, the list is full of Toyotas Hondas and a Ford F-150 for flavor--unsurprisingly full of reliable standbys. On the other hand, ISeeCars has a list that is surprisingly full of SUVs and pickup trucks.
ISeeCars by far has the more interesting list as it’s full of fascinating data. They provided the percentage of all vehicles of the same model sold that were over 200,000 miles, such as the Toyota Sequoia at 6.6 percent, or Ford Explorer at 5.4 percent. The rest of the list is all pickups and SUVs, with the Toyota 4Runner and GMC Yukon rounding out the top five.
Cars were far less likely to get sold after 200,000, with the Toyota Avalon being the best of the bunch at 2.4 percent of all cars sold.
And some even reached 300,000 miles, like the Toyota 4Runner and Chevy Suburban, although they were very few indeed.
Whichever list you believe has more to do with whether you trust the experts or trust the 13.5 million people who bought used cars before you. We’ll just say that historically nobody has been able to guess better than the market.