Which Cars Are Most Likely Go Beyond 200,000 Miles?

According to a study by iSeeCars, some of the highest mileage vehicles on the road are SUVs.

After analyzing over more than 13 million vehicles, the research firm determined what percentage of models had over 200,000 miles (320,000 km) on the odometer.

The results of the study are pretty clear as the top seven spots were taken by trucks and SUVs such as the Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban.

The study also found some interesting trends as owners of the top seven vehicles traveled significantly more than owners of other models. iSeeCars says these owners rack up an average of 14,407 miles (23,180km) annually which is nearly 14 percent more than normal drivers.

Without further ado, here are the rankings:

Trucks are also prominently featured on the list and the firm believes this has a lot to do with them being used as work vehicles. Interestingly, trucks have an average 74,777 miles (120,316) on them which is nearly 37 percent more than the average car.

Speaking of the latter, here’s a list that only looks at car rankings:

While there seems to be a trend between the original purchase price of the vehicle and how long it’s driven for, the study doesn’t seem to take that into consideration.

Regardless, iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly claims: “While any vehicle on today’s market has the potential to travel 200,000 miles with proper maintenance and care, our list of longest-lasting vehicles shows that certain vehicles don’t just have the potential—they do last well past 200,000 miles far more frequently than other models.”


  • Taylor

    Pretty impressive to see the Mercedes S-class making the list.

    • Day_Trader

      Forget Germans. What’s impressive is to see US names making the list!

      • psiqtas

        Bulletproof German cars are over long time ago (I live in EU so know what I’m saying)…now money makes the service go round. I’m not impressed – American cars mostly last longer – see how many of them are still on the road, even future classics – simple technology is mostly the key.

      • brn

        Day Trader, maybe now folk like you can get over their anti-American BS.

    • Bob White

      And the only one from Europe.

    • Infinite1

      And the only Mercedes on the list as well

  • Harry_Wild

    Honda Odyssey is near the top of the list!

  • no25

    Got a 2003 Toyota Sequoia almost at 300k! We haven’t had any major problems with it either, and we plan on keeping it until it dies completely.

  • Nihar

    Ford should just keep the Taurus name permanently and improve on it. Even though the Fusion outsells the Taurus, the Taurus has a long history as a long lasting car. I think the next redesign of the Fusion should just be the Taurus. They should stay with what people already know. That way they can also keep the SHO name for the sport variant.

    • blue42

      The Fusion has good name recognition itself. Why not just make a Fusion SHO?

    • Matt

      How does a badge make a car more reliable?

    • Jason

      I wonder if the Taurus is up there due to it being a common fleet car (police, municipal, etc.)

  • dolsh

    The data is highly suspicious and really needs to be questioned.

    iseecars.com is a car sales engine. I find it really suspicious that nearly all of the cars listed are vehicles with higher margins.

    Also, the fact that many of the vehicles were work vehicles should really be highlighted. How many of these cars would have made 200k if maintenance wasn’t an expense that could be written off?

    Sample size is weird. What are the proportional sales figures for cars that were a percentage of their total 13M sample of vehicles? If there are 10x the Expeditions over Avalons, the difference is less interesting.

    Finally – this says absolutely nothing of reliability. Telling you that a car got to 200k without telling you the cost to get to 200k is absolutely meaningless.

    The data isn’t surprising – a lot of people will just match this to their own observer bias and make a decision that isn’t maybe isn’t the best one.

    • Wandering_Spirit

      While i have no way to object the data, your observations are a rare case of scientific thinking in Carscoops. I do endorse the rationale.

  • The Watcher

    My parents’ RX300 is clocked at 278k miles with the shitty 3.0L v6.

  • XtremWize

    I did more than 1.200.000 Km (745.645 Miles) with a 1984 Mercedes Benz 190D in fifteen years.


    • Bash

      That is amazing, and the car looks ready to go another 1.2mil Km…

      • XtremWize

        I sold it in 1999 and I do not know if it’s still running.

        • Bash

          I see, I was wondering why the photo looks old.. but here you go, now we know.

  • Christian Wimmer

    If you have a decent car and maintain it well it should last for a very long time. In my experience with 10 to 15+ year-old German and Japanese cars, they are durable and reliable as long as you maintain them well. I’ve never owned anything American or Korean so I can’t comment on those.

    I think the biggest issue today is that we’ve become a consumer society and we don’t intend to keep things forever, including cars. Many people won’t care about properly maintaining their car because they intend to buy the facelifted or new model when it reaches the market. I’ve seen a comment on TTAC in which a poster openly admitted that he treated his car like crap because WHO CARES ABOUT THE SECOND OWNER… unbelievable. 🙁

  • Socarboy

    I have a 1999 Toyota Tacoma 2RZ 4-cyl 5-speed RWD…261,000 miles and no regrets

  • Bob White

    Where are all these “superior” Euro cars? In the junk yard waiting for the crusher?

  • Docrbob

    This comparison would be much more telling if it said how much it would cost to maintain these same vehicles past 200 miles.

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