While some car buyers are primarily looking for vehicles with the latest technology and convenience features, others are more concerned with reliability and longevity. According to Consumer Reports, the average vehicle today has a lifespan of about 11 years, or just shy of 150,000 miles. That may sound great, but certain cars last much longer — assuming they’re properly maintained, of course.
If you follow your vehicle’s suggested maintenance schedule, keep it clean inside and out, proactively handle any mechanical issues that come up, and pay close attention to it, you may be able to extend its lifespan to well over 200,000 miles.
Some vehicles are consistently more reliable than others. In Consumer Reports’ annual member surveys of trouble-free and long-lasting vehicles, for example, there’s an overwhelming theme. The top 10 most dependable vehicles capable of going 200,000 miles and beyond are all Toyotas and Hondas. If you’re looking for a solid vehicle that you’ll have for many, many years to come, give these cars and SUVs serious consideration.
The Toyota Prius
Aside from getting a whopping 52 mpg overall, the 2020 Prius is exceptionally reliable. J.D. Power gives it a “Great” Quality & Reliability score, and Consumer Reports has scored it five out of five in reliability every year since 2009. All-wheel drive is newly available for 2020, providing buyers even more value.
The Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry has had a reputation for being reliable since it was introduced in 1983. The 2020 model has excellent fuel economy, comes with Toyota Safety Sense advanced safety features, and it scores very well in reliability and owner satisfaction. The 2020 Camry also received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.
The Honda Accord and Honda CR-V
The Accord is a perennial award-winner, and the 2020 model year is no different. Kelley Blue Book named it the Best Midsize Car and gave it the 5-Year Cost to Own Award, plus the IIHS named it a Top Safety Pick. Take care of your Accord, and it will easily last 20 years or more.
CR-V owners are overwhelmingly satisfied with their vehicles, citing specifically that they surpass major milestones without a single issue. It’s not at all unheard of for CR-Vs to last through 300,000 miles. For 2020, the small SUV got newly standard advanced safety features, and its interior versatility can’t be beaten.
The Toyota Highlander and Toyota Highlander
The three-row Toyota Highlander stands out in a very competitive segment, thanks to its available hybrid engine and a host of advanced technology and safety features. Hybrid models get 35 mpg overall, while gas-only models get just shy of 20 mpg. Owners rave about robust engines, premium interiors, and spacious seats.
The 4Runner came in second place in a 2019 iSeeCars study of vehicles most likely to run for more than 200,000 miles. It was behind only the Toyota Land Cruiser. 4Runners have also won KBB’s Best Resale Value award for the last eight consecutive years and consistently score exceptionally high in owner satisfaction.
The Honda Pilot and Honda Odyssey
The Honda Pilot is approaching its 20th anniversary, and it’s gotten more reliable over time as well as safer. The eight-seater SUV has an extremely versatile interior as well as a durable transmission and powerful engine. Owners love the quiet ride and the substantial number of advanced safety and driver-assist features.
In the minivan segment, the Odyssey is one of the top contenders. It has a sporty and powerful 280-hp engine that’s notoriously trouble-free and easy to maintain if minor issues do occur. The Odyssey also averages 23 mpg, plus it has a feature-rich interior and loads of storage room.
The Toyota Sienna and Toyota Tundra
Despite an ever-growing SUV segment, the Sienna is still widely popular. It was the first all-wheel-drive minivan, it gets respectable fuel economy, and it has a lengthy list of standard safety and technology features. The Sienna also has a powerful, reliable powertrain that’s capable of well over 200,000 miles.
The Tundra was the only full-size truck to make the iSeeCars’ Longest-Lasting Vehicles list. In keeping with Toyota’s legendary safety and reliability, it scores very well in both Consumer Reports and J.D. Power reliability rankings and won the 2019 J.D. Power Dependability Award in the Large Light Duty Pickup segment.