Ever since the mid-1980s, the minivan has been a near-universal symbol of American family life. Many adults today grew up riding as a passenger in the back of a minivan, and chances are, the minivan that chauffeured them around as a kid is still in service today.
iSeeCars recently completed a study that analyzed vehicle lifespan and overall longevity by compiling a list of the longest-lasting vehicle models that were sold for at least 10 of the last 20 years. With over 2 million vehicles analyzed in total based on the highest mileage examples found on the road today, this is one of the most complete studies found online today regarding vehicle longevity. When it comes to the longest-lasting minivans on the road today, the winners may surprise you.
What is the longest-lasting minivan?
According to the study performed by iSeeCars, the Toyota Sienna minivan ranked as the minivan with the greatest potential lifespan, with a reported 239,607-mile potential lifespan. In second place is the Honda Odyssey, with a reported 235,852-mile potential lifespan. From here, there is quite a dropoff in longevity, with the Dodge Grand Caravan holding a reported potential lifespan of 209,350 miles. And finally in last place is the Kia Sedona, with a potential lifespan of 208,615 miles.
All of these vehicles listed in this study have impressive potential lifespans, with every single reported minivan carrying a potential lifespan of over 200,000 miles. But, the award-winning Toyota Sienna takes the top spot in this study with the longest potential lifespan.
A breakdown of the longest-lasting minivan
The Toyota Sienna was released for the 1998 model year as a replacement for the aging and quirky Toyota Previa. The Sienna instantly gained traction in the market due to its marketing team who called it, “The Camry of minivans.” This was more than just a marketing statement, the Sienna was truly built upon a modified Camry platform.
The Sienna’s approachable appearance, solid fuel economy, and classy optional luxury XLE package were a winning combination with the public. This minivan continued production through to today, where the Sienna is currently in its fourth generation.
The future of the Toyota Sienna
While the Sienna has had some great success in the past with fuel economy and longevity, Toyota is continuing to develop this minivan for increased fuel economy, with only a hybrid-equipped engine option currently available on the new Siennas. This is good news for those consumers looking to save some money on fuel with the Sienna getting around 36 mpg city and 36 mpg highway; this can be a detriment to the Sienna’s historic longevity.
Hybrids are much more reliable than they were in the past. Still, eventually, that hybrid battery is going to break down, requiring a refurbishing or replacement much quicker than a typical gas engine would have to be replaced. While this may be an issue in the far future for the Toyota Sienna, this solid minivan is one of the longest-lasting vehicles of all time.