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Infographic: The Longest Lasting Cars, in Miles

When properly maintained, well-built cars can last an impressive amount of miles.

Consider this 2006 Honda Civic, which hit one million miles on its original engine and transmission. Amusingly, the car’s odometer maxes out at 999,999 miles.

While that case may be an extreme outlier, most modern cars are expected to last 200,000 miles before experiencing some significant failure. That’s roughly double the lifespan of cars from the 1960s and 1970s, which typically lasted about 100,000 miles.

In this infographic, we used data from iSeeCars to determine which cars are the most likely to reach⁠— or even surpass⁠—the 200,000 mile benchmark.

Study Methodology & Data

To come up with their rankings, iSeeCars analyzed over 2 million used cars between January and October 2022. The rankings are based on the mileage that the top 1% of cars within each model obtained. Models with less than 10 years of production, such as the Tesla Model 3, were excluded.

The following tables show an expanded list of the longest lasting cars, by model category. Our infographic only includes the top five from each.

Sedans & Hatchbacks

The only non-Japanese model in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Impala, which is one of the most commonly found rental cars in the U.S.

RankVehiclePotential Lifespan (miles)
1🇯🇵 Toyota Avalon245,710
2🇺🇸 Chevrolet Impala230,343
3🇯🇵 Honda Accord226,168
4🇯🇵 Toyota Camry223,249
5🇯🇵 Lexus GS 350207,794
6🇯🇵 Honda Fit207,231
7🇯🇵 Honda Civic205,335
8🇯🇵 Lexus ES 350204,642
9🇯🇵 Toyota Corolla204,266
10🇯🇵 Mazda 6203,154

Another interesting takeaway is that Lexus is the only luxury brand in this list. This is likely due to the fact that Lexus and Toyota often share drivetrain components.

SUVs

iSeeCars has a larger top 20 list for the SUV category.

RankVehiclePotential Lifespan
1🇯🇵 Toyota Sequoia296,509
2🇯🇵 Toyota Land Cruiser280,236
3🇺🇸 Chevrolet Suburban265,732
4🇺🇸 GMC Yukon XL252,360
5🇺🇸 Chevrolet Tahoe250,338
6🇯🇵 Toyota Highlander Hybrid244,994
7🇺🇸 Ford Expedition244,682
8🇯🇵 Toyota 4Runner244,665
9🇺🇸 GMC Yukon238,956
10🇯🇵 Honda Pilot236,807
11🇯🇵 Acura MDX228,472
12🇺🇸 Cadillac Escalade ESV228,449
13🇺🇸 Cadillac Escalade224,782
14🇺🇸 Lincoln Navigator220,319
15🇯🇵 Nissan Armada220,172
16🇯🇵 Toyota Highlander218,075
17🇯🇵 Honda CR-V215,930
18🇺🇸 Lincoln Navigator L214,341
19🇯🇵 Subaru Outback208,298
20🇰🇷 Hyundai Santa Fe206,398

This is a more diverse list, with American and Japanese models seemingly on par. The GM family of SUVs (Tahoe, Suburban, Yukon, and Yukon XL) are narrowly edged out by Toyota’s full size options (Sequoia and Land Cruiser).

The Land Cruiser was discontinued in the U.S. for 2021, but it remains a very popular model in Middle Eastern countries like Bahrain, Qatar, and the UAE.

Pickup Trucks

Once again, Japanese manufacturers hold the top spots. According to Toyota, the Tundra is the only full-size pickup that is currently being built in Texas.

RankVehiclePotential Lifespan
1🇯🇵 Toyota Tundra256,022
2🇯🇵 Honda Ridgeline248,669
3🇯🇵 Toyota Tacoma235,070
4🇯🇵 Nissan Titan233,295
5🇺🇸 Ford F-150232,650
6🇺🇸 Chevrolet Silverado 1500230,515
7🇺🇸 GMC Sierra 1500222,691
8🇺🇸 Ford Ranger220,980
9🇯🇵 Nissan Frontier215,775
10🇺🇸 Ram 1500215,521

Despite their marginally higher potential lifespans, sales of Japanese trucks come nowhere close to their American counterparts.

US Truck Sales Q3 2022

Electric Cars

The last category is EVs, which due to the 10 years of production requirement, only includes the Tesla Model S (133,998 miles) and Nissan LEAF (98,081).

These figures are much lower than the gasoline cars discussed above, but it’s not exactly a fair comparison. We probably won’t be able to judge the long-term reliability of EVs until they’ve been around for at least another decade.

In addition to needing more time, another reason is scale—the Model S and LEAF have been sold in relatively limited numbers. The Tesla Model 3, which is the first EV to sell over one million units, will likely become the first reliable benchmark.

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Ranked: Electric Vehicle Sales by Model in 2023

Today, electric vehicle sales make up 18% of global vehicle sales. Here are the leading models by sales as of August 2023.

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The Highest Electric Vehicle Sales, by Model

Ranked: Electric Vehicle Sales by Model in 2023

Electric vehicle (EV) sales are gaining momentum, reaching 18% of global vehicle sales in 2023.

As new competitors bring more affordable options and new performance features, the market continues to mature as customers increasingly look to electric options.

This graphic ranks the top-selling EVs worldwide as of August 2023, based on data from CleanTechnica.

The Best Selling EVs in 2023 (Through August)

Below, we show the world’s best selling fully electric vehicles from January to August 2023:

ModelCountryVehicles Sold
(Jan-Aug 2023)
Tesla Model Y🇺🇸 U.S.772,364
Tesla Model 3🇺🇸 U.S.364,403
BYD Atto 3 / Yuan Plus🇨🇳 China265,688
BYD Dolphin🇨🇳 China222,825
GAC Aion S🇨🇳 China160,693
Wuling HongGuang Mini EV🇨🇳 China153,399
GAC Aion Y🇨🇳 China136,619
VW ID.4🇩🇪 Germany120,154
BYD Seagull🇨🇳 China95,202

As we can see, Tesla‘s Model Y still holds a comfortable lead over the competition with 772,364 units sold. That’s more than double the sales of the #2 top selling vehicle, Tesla’s Model 3 (364,403)

But it’s hard to ignore the rising prevalence of Chinese EVs. The next five best selling EV vehicles are Chinese, including three from BYD. The automaker’s Atto 3 (or Yuan Plus, depending on market), is being sold in various countries including Germany, the UK, Japan, and India.

Meanwhile, Chinese automaker GAC Group also had two models of its Aion EV brand make the rankings, with the Aion S selling 160,693 units so far.

Regional market strength is also clear. For Volkswagen’s ID.4 model (120,154 units sold), Europe and China account for the majority of sales.

Given growing cost efficiencies and changing consumer behavior, global EV sales are projected to make up half of new car sales globally by 2035, according to forecasts from Goldman Sachs.

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