The average age of the vehicles on the road is increasing. It used to be impressive when a car lasted over 150,000 miles. Thanks to innovations in technology and performance, it’s not uncommon to see vehicles well past the 200,000-mile mark on the odometer. Some of the longest-lasting cars can even reach 300,000 miles.
Some automakers are known for continually producing long-lasting vehicles. You’ll frequently see Toyota, Honda, and Chevrolet. However, other automakers like Nissan, Lexus, Hyundai, Kia, Acura, BMW, Subaru, Cadillac, and Lincoln have achieved success with specific models.
This list of the longest-lasting cars on the road will help you find a quality car at an affordable price. The cars listed here have proven track records with consistent consumer reports and J.D. Power ratings.
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1. Toyota Tacoma (2010-2015)
The Tacoma has been a long-standing leader on lists for longest-lasting vehicles. The automaker prides itself on producing vehicles that long outlast its competitors. It’s not uncommon to see Tacoma pickup trucks still on the road after the 200,000-mile mark. To get the most out of your Tacoma, look for one between 2010 and 2015. These have the highest reliability ratings and are new enough to give you plenty of years of service.
This generation of the Tacoma comes in two body styles and two bed lengths with six trim levels. There are some specific modes more difficult to find, like the race-inspired X-Runner, as 2013 was the last year it was produced. The TRD Off-Road is the model ideal for those looking to hit the trails.
There are three engine options, including the 2.7-liter paired with a four-speed automatic, a 4.0-liter V6 with a five-speed automatic, and a 4.0-liter V6 with a six-speed manual transmission. You’ll find the Tacoma impressive with its quality interior build and user-friendly infotainment system. This makes it a perfect smaller alternative for the larger Toyota Tundra.
2. Honda Odyssey (2007-Present)
If you’re looking for a minivan, then the Honda Odyssey should be at the top of your list. Like Toyota, Honda has a reputation for producing engines that can reliably run past the 200,000-mile mark. You’re safe buying any model year from 2007 onward. The only exception is 2011, which is the only weak moment in the Odyssey lineage from a style perspective.
Honda Odyssey isn’t just the longest-lasting minivan; it’s one of the longest-lasting vehicles on the road. It has a capable 3.5-liter V6 engine that can produce 241 to 280 horsepower, with newer models having more horsepower. But that isn’t what makes the Odyssey stand out. What’s impressive is the spacious seating for eight and the expansive cargo room. Don’t shy away from used cars with high mileage; the Odyssey will last for many miles of service.
3. Ford Expedition (2007-2017)
This large SUV is the workhorse model for families with enough durability to last through years of faithful service. It’s developed a cult-like following among car buyers who’ve experienced the performance for themselves. Expeditions that experience issues tend to have minor problems that cost less than $500 to address. For the best investment for your full-size SUV, look for a model year between 2007 and 2017.
This full-size Ford SUV is nicknamed the “poor man’s Lincoln,” which is an unfair assessment of this vehicle’s long-lasting performance and quality.
What’s nice about the Expedition is that there are gasoline and EcoBoost options. The twin-turbocharged EcoBoost 365-horsepower V6 engine will give you plenty of power and a smooth ride with a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. This engine first made its appearance in 2015. Before that, the Expedition had a V8 engine under the hood. It’s capable of producing 310 horsepower.
4. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (2011-2014)
Those that love Chevy love the Silverado 1500. It’s a standout among pickup trucks for its range of trim options, powerful engine, and comfortable ride. The 2012 model year is known for being the most reliable year on the market for the truck. It’s a part of the late model second generation, so trucks from 2011 through 2014 are also smart buys. These trucks strike a balance between affordability, longevity, and included features.
You'll appreciate the composed handling and smooth ride of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. It comes in either rear or four-wheel-drive with either the standard 4.3-liter V6, 5.3-liter V8, or 6.2-liter V8 engine options. This gives the truck a wide range of horsepower capabilities from 195 to 420. The base model has a quality interior. However, it may lack style. Upgraded trim models will have a more attractive interior with additions like leather seats and a Bose stereo system.
5. Toyota Avalon (2013-2017)
The often-overlooked Avalon is one of the longest-lasting cars on the market. It manages to perform well thanks to the automaker’s focus on quality and performance efficiency. While all models will reliably perform, look for a car between 2013 and 2017 for the best of the best.
The Toyota Avalon is four-wheel-drive with a powerful 3.5 L V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. The cars won’t thrill you but are designed with comfort in mind. The ride is quiet and smooth, with an interior that surrounds you with upscale materials. The 2016 model stands out with more technology built into the car, including a user-friendly infotainment system.
6. Lexus ES (2007-2012)
You may be surprised that the Lexus ES is on this list, but it’s rated as one of the most reliable midsize cars on the road by J.D. Power and consumer reports. Car buyers find these vehicles to be reliable and affordable, requiring few repairs. The highest-performing models are from 2007 through 2012, with the 2009 model year performing the best.
The Lexus ES is based on the same platform as the Toyota Camry. The only difference is that the ES comes with better quality materials and a more stylish body design. Powering this medium-sized passenger car is a 3.5-liter V6 engine, which is the same setup you’ll find in several Toyotas. It’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. This gives you 268-272 horsepower and 19/27 mpg.
7. Toyota Sequoia (2017-Present)
The Toyota Sequoia may not be one of the more exciting new cars, but that doesn’t diminish this full-size SUV’s abilities. When looking for the most reliable used cars, focus on the newer model years, from 2017 to the present.
This large SUV delivers an impressive 381 horsepower from its 5.7-liter V8 engine and six-speed transmission. Rear-wheel-drive is standard, but four-wheel-drive is also available. Despite its size, you’ll find that the Toyota Sequoia has a secure feel through the turns with a sturdy suspension that keeps the vehicle upright while also absorbing road bumps and dips. The only drawback is that the powerful engine does have lower fuel ratings than comparable vehicles at 13/17 mpg.
8. Toyota 4Runner (2010-2019)
The fifth-generation for the Toyota 4Runner began in 2010 and ran through 2019. Only minor changes were made during that time. So it’s possible to buy an older vehicle and have it still look relatively modern. It isn’t the most powerful or fastest, but it was built solid for reliability and durability. If you’re looking for tech features, look for a 2016 or newer, Toyota replaced the clunky infotainment system with one that’s much more user-friendly for this year.
This generation of Toyota 4Runner performs as one of the most reliable cars because it shares an engine and transmission with the Tacoma. It comes with a 270-horsepower V6 engine paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. You’ll find Toyota continually made tweaks to the body styling throughout the years, so each year has a unique look.
9. Honda Ridgeline (2010-2014)
This pickup truck holds its own as one of the most reliable workhorses out there. The Ridgeline drives like an SUV but has enough power to compete with the Ford F-150. Looking for a second generation of this Ridgeline will give you a redesigned front-end with a more modern look.
The Honda Ridgeline stands out from other trucks because it’s built on a unibody, giving it a more car-like ride experience. It also has an independent rear-end. Powering this durable truck is a 3.5 V6 engine that produces 250 horsepower. It’s capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds. You’ll especially like all of the built-in tailgate and in-bed cargo options with lockable compartments and tailgate.
10. Toyota Land Cruiser (2011-2015)
Owners of a Land Cruiser can expect to get a good 25 years of service out of their vehicle. With production commencing in 1950, there are plenty of used options on the market. Toyota uses a thicker metal sheet for the body construction, offering more durability. It’s common to see the Land Cruiser used in developing countries where off-road driving is common.
The 2011 to 2015 model years stand out because they have a solid reputation for reliability. Toyota also tweaked the standard 5.7-liter V8 engine with 381 horsepower by improving the performance of the six-speed automatic transmission. This will give you better fuel efficiency.
If safety features are important to you, then look for a 2016 or newer. This is when Toyota added blind-spot monitoring, Siri Eyes Free connectivity, and an easier-to-use infotainment system.
11. GMC Yukon XL (2008-2013)
Don’t be fooled by the General Motors name and unique body styling- what you’re really buying is a Chevy Tahoe. This makes it one of the more reliable vehicles on the road. The Yukon nameplate first made an appearance in 1935. However, it’s the third generation you’ll want to look for.
There are three V8 engine options available for this generation of the GMC Yukon XL. Depending on the model, it will have a 5.3, 6.0, or 6.2 liter V8 engine. They range in horsepower from 320 to 403. All of the engine options are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. What’s nice about the Yukon XL is that the extended wheelbase gives the third-row seats an extra nine inches of legroom.
12. Honda Civic (2016-Present)
There’s a reason this car is the one most often chosen for teenagers and first-time drivers. It has attractive styling, decent safety ratings, and an impressive reliability track record. Honda impresses with both production length and reliability. The automaker has maintained consistent performance throughout this passenger car’s lifetime.
This gives you plenty of options when shopping for used cars. 2016 marked the launch of the tenth generation for the Civic. The hatchback model offers the most cargo space. The EX-T model has a turbocharged engine and many other luxury features. There are five trim levels for both the sedan and coupe models. A four-cylinder engine comes standard with either an automatic or six-speed manual transmission. The standard engine produces 158 horsepower while the turbocharged option bumps the horsepower up to 174. Car buyers are sure to find a passenger car in their price range with the most desired features.
13. Lincoln Navigator (2007-2017)
While the Lincoln Navigator doesn’t rank high overall for reliability, it is a top performer in the full-size SUV category. This makes it a smart choice if you’re looking for a large family vehicle. What makes the Navigator stand out is that it comes with plenty of technology and luxury features. This is unique as most automakers deliver luxury or reliability exclusively. The 2007 through 2017 model years stand out as some of the most reliable.
There are three trim models to choose from with this generation, Luxury (which is the base model), Premium, and Ultimate. Powering the Navigator is a 5.2-liter V8 engine that cranks out 310 horsepower. The drawback of all that power is that its fuel economy suffers at 12/17 mpg. Later years in this generation also have a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine with 380 horsepower.
14. Chevrolet Tahoe (2008-2014)
The Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe are full-size SUVs that offer plenty of reliability. They may not be the most stylish or luxurious, but they’re just what your family needs. You’ll be able to load up your large SUV with people or gear for the long haul.
The third-generation Tahoe comes with an impressive 5.3-liter V8 that delivers 320 horsepower. It was built on the same platform as the Chevy Silverado 1500. The base models are a bit bland with cloth seats and minimal interior design. However, top-tier models sport leather-wrapped seats, wood trim, power-adjustable second-row seats, and a touchscreen navigation system.
15. Toyota Camry (2012-2017)
You could buy almost any model year of the Toyota Camry, and you’ll have a passenger car that will easily serve you well beyond the 200,000-mile mark. There are a few standout years from the seventh generation from 2012-2017. These cars all earn five out of five-star ratings for reliability.
Toyota stepped its game up with the Camry for this generation. The body styling got more aggressive and assertive. A four-cylinder engine comes standard with a six-speed automatic. There are also some models with an upgraded V6 engine that produces 268 horsepower instead of the standard 178.