When it comes to keeping your car in working order, a lot depends on how you take care of it. It also doesn’t hurt to own a vehicle that’s known for its reliability.
A report from car research site iSeeCars.com shows which makes and models are the most reliable. To come up with its list, the site analyzed more than 14.9 million vehicles sold in 2021.
Here are some key findings from the report:
- Toyota dominates with six of the top 10 vehicles, including the #1-ranked Land Cruiser.
- The majority of long-lasting vehicles on the list are in the category called “truck-based SUVs.”
- The top 15 models listed in the report can boast more than 3% of their vehicles reaching the 200,000 mile mark, which iSeeCars.com says is more than double the national average.
Driving a vehicle with big numbers on the dashboard isn’t quite the accomplishment it used to be. Nowadays, it’s common for cars to run well despite having accumulated six digits on the odometer. “Vehicles running a quarter-million miles, which is not at all unusual, that’s normal now,” says money expert Clark Howard.
Top 10 Vehicles Most Likely To Last 200,000 Miles or More
|Vehicles||% of Cars Lasting 200,000+ Miles|
|1. Toyota Land Cruiser||18.2%|
|2. Toyota Sequoia||14.2%|
|3. Chevrolet Suburban||6.6%|
|4. GMX Yukon XL||5.2%|
|5. Toyota 4Runner||4.6%|
|6. Ford Expedition||4.5%|
|7. Chevrolet Tahoe||4.4%|
|8. Toyota Tundra||4.0%|
|9. Toyota Avalon||3.9%|
|10. Toyota Prius||3.9%|
How To Make Your Car Last Longer
If you want to join the 200,000-mile club (or get close to it), there are some things you can do to take care of your vehicle. Here are a few:
Change Your Oil Regularly
We all may have heard that we should change our vehicle’s oil every 3,000 miles. That’s not necessarily the case anymore.
AAA says: “With modern lubricants, most engines today have recommended oil change intervals of 5,000 to 7,500 miles.”
Fewer trips to the shop to change your oil should save you some cash. For specifics pertaining to how frequently you need to change your particular vehicle’s oil, refer to your owner’s manual.
Take Care of the Little Problems
It may be easy to brush off an odd engine sound here or there, but you don’t want to continue to ignore little issues with your vehicle. The longer you delay small fixes, the more likely you’ll soon need a big (and more expensive) fix.
How can you take care of the little problems? Bring your vehicle to your local mechanic. Tell them what’s going on with your car and get a written estimate on the repairs.
“Have a relationship with a mechanic you go to for the low-voltage things, by that I mean regular maintenance on your vehicle,” Clark says.
Want more car tips to make your car last? Follow this simple maintenance schedule.