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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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The Largest Earthquakes in the New York Area (1970-2024)

The earthquake that shook buildings across New York in April 2024 was the third-largest quake in the Northeast U.S. over the past 50 years.

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Map of earthquakes with a magnitude of 4.0 or greater recorded in the northeastern U.S. since 1970.

The Largest Earthquakes in the New York Area

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The 4.8 magnitude earthquake that shook buildings across New York on Friday, April 5th, 2024 was the third-largest quake in the U.S. Northeast area over the past 50 years.

In this map, we illustrate earthquakes with a magnitude of 4.0 or greater recorded in the Northeastern U.S. since 1970, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Shallow Quakes and Older Buildings

The earthquake that struck the U.S. Northeast in April 2024 was felt by millions of people from Washington, D.C., to north of Boston. It even caused a full ground stop at Newark Airport.

The quake, occurring just 5 km beneath the Earth’s surface, was considered shallow, which is what contributed to more intense shaking at the surface.

According to the USGS, rocks in the eastern U.S. are significantly older, denser, and harder than those on the western side, compressed by time. This makes them more efficient conduits for seismic energy. Additionally, buildings in the Northeast tend to be older and may not adhere to the latest earthquake codes.

Despite disrupting work and school life, the earthquake was considered minor, according to the Michigan Technological University magnitude scale:

MagnitudeEarthquake EffectsEstimated Number
Each Year
2.5 or lessUsually not felt, but can be
recorded by seismograph.
Millions
2.5 to 5.4Often felt, but only causes
minor damage.
500,000
5.5 to 6.0Slight damage to buildings
and other structures.
350
6.1 to 6.9May cause a lot of damage
in very populated areas.
100
7.0 to 7.9Major earthquake.
Serious damage.
10-15
8.0 or greaterGreat earthquake. Can totally
destroy communities near the
epicenter.
One every year
or two

The largest earthquake felt in the area over the past 50 years was a 5.3 magnitude quake that occurred in Au Sable Forks, New York, in 2002. It damaged houses and cracked roads in a remote corner of the Adirondack Mountains, but caused no injuries.

DateMagnitudeLocationState
April 20, 20025.3Au Sable ForksNew York
October 7, 19835.1NewcombNew York
April 5, 20244.8Whitehouse StationNew Jersey
October 16, 20124.7Hollis CenterMaine
January 16, 19944.6Sinking SpringPennsylvania
January 19, 19824.5SanborntonNew Hampshire
September 25, 19984.5AdamsvillePennsylvania
June 9, 19754.2AltonaNew York
May 29, 19834.2PeruMaine
April 23, 19844.2ConestogaPennsylvania
January 16, 19944.2Sinking SpringPennsylvania
November 3, 19754Long LakeNew York
June 17, 19914WorcesterNew York

The largest earthquake in U.S. history, however, was the 1964 Good Friday quake in Alaska, measuring 9.2 magnitude and killing 131 people.

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