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5 Vehicles With the Longest Lifespans

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There are dozens of factors to consider when it comes to buying a new car—everything from safety features to the length of the loan.

But if durability is high on your lists of musts, a new study might help steer you in the right direction.

Automobile website sifted through 30 million used car listings over nearly 30 years to pinpoint which models were most likely to have at least 200,000 miles clocked in—and still be on the road.

The verdict? Your best bet might be an SUV or larger pickup, USA Today reports. At the top of the list was the Ford F-250 Super Duty (4.3% of these models for sale have topped at least 200,000 miles) while SUVs like the Chevy Suburban and Toyota 4Runner also make the top five.

According to, here are the five longest-living vehicles:

  1. Ford F-250 Super Duty
  2. Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
  3. Chevrolet Suburban
  4. Toyota 4Runner
  5. Ford Expedition

But if gas-guzzling heavy-duty vehicles don’t fit your style—or budget—you might want to consider the Honda Accord. According to the study, it ranks highest among long-lasting cars, with 1.6% of all listings hitting that 200,000 milestone. C.E.O. and co-founder Phong Ly noted to CBS Money Watch that the durability of these models might be credited to an increased likeliness to receive consistent maintenance throughout their lifespan. But, he added, there has also been a general increase in manufacturing quality over the last ten years. “Car makers are making better vehicles, and that is a factor in the increasing longevity,” he said.

You can check out the complete list of durable cars on But before you make the plunge and purchase a shiny new auto, make sure you understand the true costs of car ownership—and take a minute to find out why one financial planner insists she would never buy a new car.

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Published on April 18th, 2014 - 9 Comments
Filed under: Automotive,Frugality

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Comments (scroll down to add your own):

  1. That’s surprising. You’d think it would be Toyota Camrys or Honda Civics, etc.

    I wonder if this data is skewed since they are looking at used car listings and many Camrys, Civics, etc. are never sold, just driven until they almost die.

    Comment by Anonymous — Apr 18th 2014 @ 9:01 am
  2. My first car was a Honda Accord. It was a great car, but started to struggle at around 200K miles. I then gave it to a family member who got a few more years use out of it with light driving. Sorry those gas guzzlers are not for me. I wish as a country we could move away from our oil dependency. It is really going to cost us years down the road.

    Comment by Anonymous — Apr 19th 2014 @ 8:41 am
  3. This does not surprise me much, most people who own heavy duty vehicles tend to do a lot more upkeep on their cars making them last longer.

    Comment by Anonymous — Apr 19th 2014 @ 10:45 pm
  4. That is likely true,a co-worker has a Civic that is north of 200K and plans to keep driving it for the time being. He see no reason to replace a reliable car that cost little in repairs.

    I have a 10 yo Accord that I’ve only rung up 136K on so far. It is a nice commuter vehicle and I plan to see the 200K mark or better with it.

    Comment by Anonymous — Apr 21st 2014 @ 10:53 am
  5. Great post! Lots of nice information about cars.

    Comment by Anonymous — Apr 22nd 2014 @ 1:48 am
  6. Those vehicles have longer life spans because they are big expensive vehicles to begin with, let me explain:

    That suburban that blows the transmission every 70k miles will have the tranny replaced a few times over its life — whereas a cheaper car is likely junked whenever its original transmission dies at 150-200k miles.

    You don’t replace a transmission ($3k job) on an old cheapo car worth only $1k. You will on an old SUV/Truck that is still worth $8k though.

    So naturally, the “lifespan” of the more expensive vehicle will get extended with repairs.

    Comment by Anonymous — Apr 22nd 2014 @ 8:56 am
  7. When I was travelling to Egypt, about 5 years ago, all the taxi drivers were driving Peugeot cars. I was chatting to one of the locals about it, and he said these specific peugeot station wagons, were over 30 years old and are the most trusted and durable cars. So I guess these coyuld also get into the list 😉

    Comment by Anonymous — Apr 27th 2014 @ 4:28 am
  8. I have a 2004 Jeep Liberty Sport. It has 205,000+ miles on it and it’s still going strong. No major repairs (yet).

    Comment by Anonymous — Apr 28th 2014 @ 1:26 pm
  9. The most durable car of “All TIme” is the Ford Crown Victoria. There is a reason Ford manufactured these cars for 20 years 1992-2012 without any major changes except for the body style in the 1998 model year. These cars are built to be “abused” and used for “fleet purposes” from the most common police car to the most common taxi cab.The Ford Crown Victoria’s luxury version the Lincoln town car is also the most common used limosuine vehicle because of its durability. It’s not uncommon to see 500,000+ miles of the Ford Crown Victoria or Lincoln Town Car. The next time that you see an old beat up police car in your neighborhood you will know why.

    Comment by Anonymous — May 4th 2014 @ 9:10 pm

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