Dealers who want to sway buyers toward certain vehicles can now point to an iSeeCars study that lists durability figures for a host of SUVs, hybrids and other vehicles.
Analysts at iSeeCars reviewed more than 2 million cars produced and sold for the past 20 model years. They ranked each model by its highest mileage-achieving cars.
“What we see is a list of highly durable vehicles, capable of more than a quarter-million miles of use if properly maintained,” says iSeeCars Executive Analyst Karl Brauer. “And to be clear, this study isn’t reporting the maximum lifespan of these vehicles. This is simply a measure of current odometer readings. Most of these cars are still in use and going strong.”
The vehicles that make the top 20 include two Toyota SUVs, the Sequoia and Land Cruiser, which clocked about 300,000 miles (483,000 km) during the past 20 years. Other SUVs and trucks also ranked high. Three hybrids (Prius, Highlander, Camry) and two minivans (Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey) also made the list.
All 20 models had at least 2.5% of the top-ranking 20 models clear 200,000 miles (322,000 km), and the top 1% of these vehicles delivered between 230,000 and 297,000 miles (370,300 and 478,170 km) over the past two decades. For example, 1% of Toyota Sequoias on the road have at least 296,509 miles (477,380 km) on the odometer.
Other points Brauer notes from the study:
- SUVs continue to be the most popular vehicle type, with automakers producing – and dealerships selling – more SUVs of varying size and price every year. Larger, 3-row models offer the most utility, and thus see the highest use. But a couple of 2-row models make the top 20 list, including the Honda CR-V and Subaru Outback. All of these models have seen high mileage use, clearing between 200,000 and 300,000 miles over the past 20 years.
- Pickup trucks often see the harshest use by owners, which makes regular maintenance crucial to extending their life expectancy. But mileage numbers indicate truck drivers committed to routine maintenance, including regular oil changes, injector service, coolant flushes and brake pad inspections, can keep these workhorses going long after the factory warranty expires.
- Minivans, with their low step-in height, flexible seating arrangements, family-friendly convenience and safety features, plus highly space-efficient exterior shapes, remain the best vehicles for transporting people. And while their new-vehicle sales have fallen as SUV sales have increased, minivans can still clear 200,000-plus miles for mindful owners who follow their recommended maintenance schedule.