Longest-lasting vehicles in 2021 – iSeeCars.com study

Toyota Land Cruiser

Full-size SUVs are vehicles for the long haul.

In fact, the top four vehicles lasting 200,000 miles or more and six of the top 10 are full-size SUVs, according to a study by online research and shopping website iSeeCars.com.

The SUV parade is led by two Toyotas – the Land Cruiser and the Sequoia – followed by the Chevrolet Suburban and the Ford Expedition. The Chevrolet Tahoe, ranked seventh, and the GMC Yukon XL, ranked 10 th, rounded out the study’s top 10 vehicles.

Toyota also accounts for the two midsize SUVs in the top 10 longest-lasting vehicles in 2021, with the 4Runner and the Highlander Hybrid.

“Toyotas account for the majority of the top 10 longest lasting [vehicles] and is the most-represented automaker, which validates the brand’s reputation for building enduring and reliable vehicles,” said Karl Brauer, senior analyst at iSeeCars.com, who also noted four other Toyotas in the top 10. Toyotas also ranked No. 1 among pickup trucks and passenger cars, but they didn’t last as long as the SUVs generally.

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The research analyzed more than 11.8 million vehicles sold in 2020 to determine which models best demonstrate longevity and reliability with the highest percentage of cars reaching 200,000 miles. Just 1% of all vehicles last 200,000 miles or more, the study showed.

Following are the top 10 longest-lasting vehicles and percentage with at least 200,000 miles:

Longest-lasting vehicles

1. Toyota Land Cruiser, 16.3%
2. Toyota Sequoia, 11.2%
3. Chevrolet Suburban, 5.1%
4. Ford Expedition, 4.9%
5. Toyota 4Runner, 4.1%
6. Toyota Avalon, 3.9%
7. Chevrolet Tahoe, 3.9%
8. Toyota Highlander Hybrid, 3.8%
9. Toyota Tundra, 3.7%
10. GMC Yukon XL, 3.6%

The top two Toyotas were so dominant that more than three times as many Land Cruisers lasted at least 200,000 miles compared to the third-place Suburban, and that more than twice as many Sequoias lasted that long, according to the iSeeCars.com study.

A whopping 16 times as many Land Cruisers lasted at least 200,000 miles compared to all vehicles, while the more than 11 times as many Sequoias lasted that long compared to all vehicles.

“The iconic and indestructible Land Cruiser is engineered to last at least 25 years, even under the harshest of driving conditions, as it is relied upon in many developing countries where off-road driving is the norm,” said Brauer. “And, like the Land Cruiser, the truck-based Sequoia has the durability of a pickup chassis with three full rows of seating for up to eight passengers, making it a capable family hauler that is able to endure high mileage and tow heavy loads.”

Toyota Tundra

Meanwhile, the study showed that six trucks – including two Toyotas – lasted longer than the 1.9% average for all pickups, and nine lasted longer than the 1% average for all vehicles.

Longest-lasting pickups

1. Toyota Tundra, 3.7%
2. Honda Ridgeline, 3.4%
3. Toyota Tacoma, 2.8%
4. Nissan Titan, 2.3%
5. Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2.1%
6. Ford F-150, 2%
7. GMC Sierra, 1.8%
8. Ram Pickup 1500, 1.2%
9. Nissan Frontier, 1.1%

“On average, pickup trucks are almost twice as likely to reach 200,000 miles … nearly double the average for all vehicles,” the iSeeCars.com analyst observed. “Pickup trucks are commonly used as work vehicles and are likely to accrue more miles than a typical passenger car while often benefitting from more consistent preventative maintenance and necessary repairs.”

Toyota Land Cruiser

The study found “slim pickings” for cars, which averaged only 1% overall going 200,000 miles or more. Only six cars exceeded the category average for percent reaching that benchmark.

Longest-lasting cars

1. Toyota Avalon, 3.9%
2. Toyota Prius, 2.6%
3. Toyota Camry Hybrid, 2.2%
4. Honda Accord, 2%
5. Toyota Camry, 1.7%
6. Mercedes-Benz E-Class, 1.2%

While 200,000 miles-plus could be considered something of a gold standard for vehicle longevity, meaning relatively few should qualify, vehicles “are lasting longer than ever,” demonstrating their improved quality overall, said a spokeswoman for iSeeCars.com.

So, while most of us won’t drive our vehicles 200,000 miles or more, it is encouraging to know that with proper maintenance today’s vehicles are capable of going a long, long way.

For more on the iSeeCars.com study, see Longest-Lasting Cars to Reach 200,000 Miles and Beyond.

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