Here’s a reassuring but wholly unsurprising little fact: Vehicles that are built to be tough are proving to be among the toughest of them all, judging by the latest study yielded by iSeeCars.com‘s seemingly endless pool of sales and vehicular data.
“There tends to be two types of car owners in this world, those who want their cars to run as long as they can, and those who anticipate switching cars every 2-5 years and care less about seeing the odometer hit six figures,” the site says. “If you fall into the first group then one of the most important aspects of buying a new or used car is data on the longevity of the vehicles.”
“Many of today’s car owners like to see how far they can take their cars, whether it be for financial reasons or based on principle,” said Phong Ly, co-founder and CEO of iSeeCars.com. “And, unlike many cars from the 20th century, there are a variety of vehicles built these days that are made to — and will — go the distance.”
By using data from the 30 million car classifieds on its site, iSeeCars was able to determine the percentage of specific vehicles with more than 200,000 miles on their clocks. Notably, the study does not take into account the climate that the car is on sale in, nor the weight of highway versus city driving. It does reveal, though, that by and large, SUVs and trucks are typically on the road the longest, a measure in which the stalwarts of longevity — midsize sedans, much of the time — fell outside the top ten.
Here are the ten longest-lasting vehicles, per iSeeCars.com.
10. GMC Sierra 1500
The GMC Sierra 1500 rounds out the top ten, as 1.6 percent of the Sierras for sale on iSeeCars.com have surpassed the 200,000-mile marker. The line runs parallel to Chevrolet’s Silverado pickup, and underneath the surface, much of the two vehicles are the same, though the GMCs are aimed more at professionals and offer more creature comforts inside the cabin. The Chevrolet ranked 20th, with 1.4 percent, indicating that owners will hold on to their Sierras longer.
9. Toyota Sequoia
Toyota’s Tundra-based SUV, the Sequoia, narrowly beat out the GMC, as 1.7 percent of the vehicles for sale are past the 200,000-mile threshold. Interestingly, Toyota’s Tundra pickup, which went through a modest refresh for 2014, didn’t make the list at all, though its baby brother, the Tacoma, came in at No. 15 (with 1.5 percent). Though the Sequoia is truck-based and handily off-road capable, it’s a bona fide luxury whip on the inside, and in the higher trims — which can run north of $60,000 — it’s easy to forget that you’re not in a big Lexus.
8. GMC Yukon XL
GMC owners have certainly been getting their money’s worth out of their cars, as 1.9 percent of the Yukon XL models — notably not the standard-sized version (which came in 11th) — are still going strong after 200,000 miles. Like the Sierra, the Yukon XL is a rebranded model of the Chevrolet Suburban but offers a different degree of fit and finish on the inside to complement its adjusted looks on the exterior.
7. Chevrolet Tahoe
General Motors’ truck-based SUVs are proving to be resilient vehicles, as Chevrolet’s Tahoe takes the seventh spot on the long-lasting list with 2.1 percent of iSeeCars.com’s listings rated over 200,000 miles. Given how long it takes for vehicles to hit such a milestone, chances are the vehicles in question are all older models. It will be interesting to see how the new models, notably the redesigned 2015 Tahoe and Suburban, will hold up over time, especially because of their larger reliance on computer components and software.
6. GMC Sierra 2500
About 2.7 percent of GMC Sierra 2500 vehicles for sale fall over the 200K mark, indicating that the heavy-duty trucks can in fact walk the walk instead of just talking the talk. The Sierra 2500 comes with the buyer’s choice of a diesel or conventional gasoline engine, depending on what the prospective owner needs the rig for. Heavy duties generally find themselves towing larger payloads than the medium- or light-duty pickups, which in turn makes for more wear and tear on the truck’s components, making it all the more impressive that they’re able to last as long as they do.
5. Ford Expedition
A full 3 percent of Ford Expeditions have eclipsed the 200,000-mile barrier, and like so many others mentioned, the Expedition is also a truck-based SUV. One theory we have is that the truck-based SUVs ride on the same platform as trucks but are not subjected to the same kinds of workplace and towing abuse as pickups. Therefore, provided they’re well taken care of, their durable frames and power trains can hang out longer.
4. Toyota 4Runner
FJ Cruiser aside, the 4Runner is perhaps Toyota’s next most capable SUV. This thing was built to last and bred for trails, and it has a multi-decade history to prove it. It’s the fourth-longest lasting vehicle on iSeeCars.com’s radar, with 3.5 percent of the available vehicles having pierced the 200,000-mile barrier. The 4Runner was one of the vehicles that helped give Toyota its reputation for bulletproof reliability, leaving the newer generations with a heavy burden to uphold.
3. Chevrolet Suburban
Tracking well ahead of its GMC Yukon sibling, the Chevrolet Suburban is the SUV to beat with an impressive 3.6 percent of available vehicles surpassing the 200,000-mile mark. The Suburban went about seven years with barely any changes but gets a full redesign for 2015. However, it’s not uncommon to see Suburbans from the 1980s and ’90s still on the roads today.
2. Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
Like the Suburban, Chevy’s heavy-duty Silverado takes the silver for the longest-lasting vehicles with 3.6 percent of those on sale boasting more than 200,000 miles on the odometer. This is almost a full percentage point over the GMC Sierra 2500, indicating that Chevy owners — more so than GMC owners — are driving their cars into the ground more frequently than those opting for another General Motors brand.
1. Ford F-250 Super Duty
Finally, the longest-lasting vehicle according to iSeeCars.com’s study was shown to be Ford’s F-250 Super Duty pickup, with a leading 4.2 percent of the units on sale weighing in at more than 200,000 miles. Part of this could be due to the popularity of the F-250 as a fleet vehicle for utilities and businesses, which can rack up loads of miles over shorter timespans than personal use. Nonetheless, the study suggests that the F-250 lives up to its Super Duty name.