Wouldn’t it be nice to know whether the car you have or the next one you buy is going to last for 200,000 miles or more?
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 2 million vehicles produced and sold for at least 10 of the past 20 model years.
Here are some key findings from the report:
- Toyota dominates with six of the top 10 vehicles, including the #1-ranked Sequoia followed by the Land Cruiser.
- The majority of long-lasting vehicles on the list are SUVs and trucks. The only sedans that make the cut are the Toyota Prius, Avalon and Camry Hybrid.
- The top 1% of the models delivered between 230,000 and 297,000 miles, according to the report.
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
|Toyota Land Cruiser||280,236|
|GMC Yukon XL||252,360|
|Toyota Highlander Hybrid||244,994|
Read the full report from iSeeCars.com.
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.
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