The 10 Cars Owners Put the Most Miles on Every Year
In the past several years, we’ve seen data on which cars owners tend to keep the longest and which stay on the road forever. As you might expect, there is a good deal of overlap.
The same goes for the cars people take on the road the most year after year. To see which vehicles covered the most ground on an annual basis, iSeeCars.com ran the numbers on all 10-year-old models sold from 2014 to 2017.
No matter how hard you look, you won’t find a sedan among them. Here are the 10 vehicles people put the most miles on per year.
10. Toyota 4Runner
- Average mileage: 13,019
If you sift through Consumer Reports rankings since the start of this decade, you’ll learn Toyota 4Runner is the most reliable vehicle on the U.S. market over that time. Clearly, it has an effect on how often people drove the truck-based SUV.
The 13,019 miles logged on their 4Runner every year was 14% more than the average (11,518).
9. Ford Expedition
- Average mileage: 13,112
You’ll find a slicker Ford Expedition hitting the road in 2018 than the one from previous generations. However, every Expedition since 2005 has a chance to run up a high-mileage count. (Many have posted 300,000 miles in recent years.)
With drivers putting on over 13,000 miles per year, these milestones could come sooner than you think.
8. Cadillac Escalade ESV
- Average mileage: 13,257
Looking at the list, you won’t find any luxury models outside of the Cadillac Escalade. iSeeCars.com CEO Phong Ly had an idea why.
“Luxury vehicles typically aren’t driven for as many miles because they are often leased, causing owners to keep their mileage down,” said Ly. “However, the Escalade ESV is the extended stretch version of the standard Escalade and is a common livery vehicle, which explains its appearance on the list.”
7. Honda Pilot
- Average mileage: 13,273
You don’t need a giant SUV to log a ton of miles year after year. That’s exactly what owners of the earlier versions of Honda Pilot did.
Consumer Reports described this model as one that “combined the best virtues of a wagon, SUV, and minivan.” The folks who averaged about 13,300 every year in their Pilot likely agree.
6. Honda Odyssey
- Average mileage: 13,282
Almost every model on this list is a body-in-frame SUV, but Honda Odyssey was the exception. “Minivans generally offer more cargo space and better gas mileage than full-size SUVs,” said Phong Ly.
Even though they don’t have the all-wheel drive or towing capacity, these family haulers logged an incredible number of miles over the years. Odyssey drivers topped the normal mile count by an average of 16.2%.
5. GMC Yukon
- Average mileage: 13,396
GM’s truck platforms have proven to be extremely durable over the years. That held true in the GMC Yukon, which averaged close to 14,000 miles per year when owners sold them in recent years.
Compared to the average car, Yukons were covering 17% more ground on an annual basis.
4. Toyota Sequoia
- Average mileage: 13,525
It’s normal for Toyota Sequoia owners to keep their vehicle for 15 years and rack up over 300,000 miles by the time they’re finished. When you see data showing about 13,500 miles per year, it seems like a lowball figure.
On the downside, Sequoias produced around 2008 were some of the thirstiest vehicles you could buy. Expecting 13 mpg in city driving might be a stretch.
3. Chevrolet Tahoe
- Average mileage: 13,645
The mechanical twin of the GMC Yukon got even more work on an annual basis. In the iSeeCars.com study, it was typical for owners to log 13,645 miles a year in this SUV.
Like the other body-on-frame vehicles on this list, Yukon could take the punishment.
2. GMC Yukon XL
- Average mileage: 14,109
The largest SUV to come from the GMC brand got the most miles put on it every year. In all, the average owners logged 14,109 miles on an annual basis.
Matched up against the average vehicle, the Yukon XL was covering 23.5% more ground every year.
1. Chevrolet Suburban
- Average mileage: 14,299
It’s a commitment if you buy a vehicle as large as the Chevy Suburban. Ten years back, it got 13 mpg in city driving, and that hasn’t improved much since.
That didn’t stop owners from putting about 14,300 miles on their Suburbans year after year — 25% more than the average car.