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.
|Rank||Vehicle||Potential Lifespan (miles)|
|1||🇯🇵 Toyota Avalon||245,710|
|2||🇺🇸 Chevrolet Impala||230,343|
|3||🇯🇵 Honda Accord||226,168|
|4||🇯🇵 Toyota Camry||223,249|
|5||🇯🇵 Lexus GS 350||207,794|
|6||🇯🇵 Honda Fit||207,231|
|7||🇯🇵 Honda Civic||205,335|
|8||🇯🇵 Lexus ES 350||204,642|
|9||🇯🇵 Toyota Corolla||204,266|
|10||🇯🇵 Mazda 6||203,154|
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.
iSeeCars has a larger top 20 list for the SUV category.
|1||🇯🇵 Toyota Sequoia||296,509|
|2||🇯🇵 Toyota Land Cruiser||280,236|
|3||🇺🇸 Chevrolet Suburban||265,732|
|4||🇺🇸 GMC Yukon XL||252,360|
|5||🇺🇸 Chevrolet Tahoe||250,338|
|6||🇯🇵 Toyota Highlander Hybrid||244,994|
|7||🇺🇸 Ford Expedition||244,682|
|8||🇯🇵 Toyota 4Runner||244,665|
|9||🇺🇸 GMC Yukon||238,956|
|10||🇯🇵 Honda Pilot||236,807|
|11||🇯🇵 Acura MDX||228,472|
|12||🇺🇸 Cadillac Escalade ESV||228,449|
|13||🇺🇸 Cadillac Escalade||224,782|
|14||🇺🇸 Lincoln Navigator||220,319|
|15||🇯🇵 Nissan Armada||220,172|
|16||🇯🇵 Toyota Highlander||218,075|
|17||🇯🇵 Honda CR-V||215,930|
|18||🇺🇸 Lincoln Navigator L||214,341|
|19||🇯🇵 Subaru Outback||208,298|
|20||🇰🇷 Hyundai Santa Fe||206,398|
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.
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.
|1||🇯🇵 Toyota Tundra||256,022|
|2||🇯🇵 Honda Ridgeline||248,669|
|3||🇯🇵 Toyota Tacoma||235,070|
|4||🇯🇵 Nissan Titan||233,295|
|5||🇺🇸 Ford F-150||232,650|
|6||🇺🇸 Chevrolet Silverado 1500||230,515|
|7||🇺🇸 GMC Sierra 1500||222,691|
|8||🇺🇸 Ford Ranger||220,980|
|9||🇯🇵 Nissan Frontier||215,775|
|10||🇺🇸 Ram 1500||215,521|
Despite their marginally higher potential lifespans, sales of Japanese trucks come nowhere close to their American counterparts.
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.
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.
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:
|Tesla Model Y||🇺🇸 U.S.||772,364|
|Tesla Model 3||🇺🇸 U.S.||364,403|
|BYD Atto 3 / Yuan Plus||🇨🇳 China||265,688|
|BYD Dolphin||🇨🇳 China||222,825|
|GAC Aion S||🇨🇳 China||160,693|
|Wuling HongGuang Mini EV||🇨🇳 China||153,399|
|GAC Aion Y||🇨🇳 China||136,619|
|VW ID.4||🇩🇪 Germany||120,154|
|BYD Seagull||🇨🇳 China||95,202|
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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