Study on Best Long Lasting Cars and other Vehicles

After taking a look at 13 million vehicles on the road in a study by it was found that SUV's are by far the most likely to last and last. If you are looking to save money and buy a vehicle that will last a long time than you may want to look at buying an SUV.

The top seven vehicles most likely to last over 200 thousand miles are SUV's. The ford Expedition is 4.5 times more likely to go 200,000 plus miles than the average vehicle and 7 times more likely than the average car.

The study highlighted 14 vehicles that last the longest. The study focused only on cars, vans, trucks, and SUV's.  The first half of the top 14 are all SUV models. Four of the last seven are trucks and two are cars, and there is even one minivan.

The Japanese were the only manufacturers that were able to produce a car or minivan to make the list.

All 14 vehicles were at lease 1.5 times more likely to reach over 200 thousand miles than the average vehicle and were at least 2.5 times more likely than the average car.

If you exclude Trucks and SUV's and just focus on cars and minivans then you find that the Japanese automakers dominate the long lasting car list. The Japanese claim 11 out of the top 14. Leaving only 3 for the rest of the world. Dodge Chevy and Ford all have one. Mercedes has the number 15 slot.

The Toyota Avalon is the most likely to be a long lasting car. It is 3.25 times more likely to last 200 thousand plus miles.

I think it's worth noting that the Prius made the cut. Despite initial worries of how long the hybrid would be able to last it turns out that it's about 40% more likely to go the distance than the average car.

Trucks, as mentioned earlier, are just behind the SUV in terms of being long lasting vehicles. The Toyota Tacoma is the longest lasting truck. It is twice as likely to go two hundred thousand plus miles.

If you would like to see more details on the longest lasting vehicles then check out the top ten lists I posted.

1 comment:

  1. Great post. It's really easy to forget about maintenance and insurance costs when buying a car and just look at the cost of the car and maybe mileage. Not owning a car was one of the biggest savings we were able to make, but that was only possible because we lived in a city with public transportation and don't mind walking. (Also, I find time spent on the train/bus really useful: For some people with a long way to travel to work in an area without public transport options or with health conditions, this isn't an option, and buying a long-lasting vehicle is definitely the best bet. Thanks for your post!