Drivers looking for a vehicle that can reliably and affordably transport them for hundreds of thousands of miles might want to stick to Japanese brands according to a recent study conducted by Consumer Reports.
As part of the study, the publication collected responses from people who said they have driven their vehicle for more than 200,000 miles (321,868 km). The group then examined how many problems drivers reported in the last year and then determined which ones were the best bets.
Getting into the results, Consumer Reports says the most reliable cars all come from Honda and Toyota.
The Accord and Civic were named long distance champions from Honda, while Toyota’s champs where the Camry, Corolla and Prius. The latter model was the only dedicated hybrid to the make the list and it could save owners who drive it for 200,000 miles a significant amount of fuel.
Crossover buyers looking to go the distance would best be served by the Honda CR-V or Toyota Highlander. Likewise, truck and SUV buyers should opt for the Ford F-150 or Toyota 4Runner. Lastly, the minivan champion was the Toyota Sienna.
The publication notes many other vehicles have surpassed the 200,000 mile mark but they required significant repairs to keep running. The costs can vary greatly depending on the model so Consumer Reports recommends that people by a reliable vehicle in the first place and keep it properly maintained.
It’s also worth noting the vehicles in the study were older models so their long distance chops might not carryover to newer iterations. However, many of the new models also have good reliability ratings so they’re probably not a bad bet.
Consumer Report’s 10 best vehicles to surpass 200,00 miles ranked in descending order by the percentage of with zero claimed problems in the last 12 months