Toyota leads lost of longest-lasting models.
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Toyota Dominates List of Longest Lasting Models - Is Your Toyota on the List?

The Prius, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Tundra, 4Runner, and Avalon Earn Spot On Longest-Lasting Vehicle List.
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A just-completed study by our friends at iSeeCars.com reveals which models are the longest-lasting. More specifically, the study analyzed nearly 16 million used vehicle transactions to see which models owners keep over 200,000 miles most frequently. Toyota dominates the list with Honda doing very well in some key high-volume segments. In addition to having the vehicle with the highest rate of 200K mile transactions, the Toyota brand also topped six categories and was named the longest lasting brand by the study researchers.

iSeeCars names Toyota longest-lasting brand

One notable category win for Toyota was the Tundra taking home the award for the top full-sized truck. Automakers like GM, Ford, and RAM spar over whose trucks last the longest. At least as far as this study goes, the answer is Toyota's Tundra!

“Of all vehicle types, pickup trucks are the most likely to reach 200,000 miles with a 1.8 percent average for the segment, double the average for SUVs,” said Phong Ly, CEO of iSeeCars. “Pickup trucks are commonly used as work vehicles and are likely to accrue more miles than a typical passenger car while being more likely to undergo preventative maintenance and necessary repairs.” Overall, the Honda Ridgeline edged out the Tundra and the Tacoma was third.

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Toyota did well in many segments with a truck, SUV, crossover, a green vehicle, and a sedan on the list. “Toyota is known for building reliable long-lasting vehicles with below-average ownership costs, which helps explain why it is so well-represented on the list across all vehicle types,” said Ly. One surprise we noted was the lack of any win for the venerable Toyota FJ Cruiser, well known as a high-mileage vehicle.

In the green vehicle segment overall, the Highlander Hybrid tops the Prius. And not by a little. The Prius and Camry Hybrid are the other podium finishers and the only hybrids above average. “Because many hybrid and electric vehicles didn’t come into the marketplace until recently, there aren’t many models that have been on the road long enough to reach the 200,000-mile mark,” said Ly. “Owners have the incentive to keep the Toyota Prius and the Toyota Camry Hybrid on the road for longer to accrue fuel savings to offset the higher upfront cost,” Ly noted. “These vehicles also attract practical buyers who want to take advantage of Prius’ low cost of ownership due to its reliability and fuel efficiency by keeping the vehicle on the road for as long as possible.”

Honda deserves an honorable mention in this story as well. “Given the track record for reliability among Toyotas and Hondas, it’s no surprise that they earn the top two spots on the list,” said Ly. You can view the full report at iSeeCars' focus page here.

John Goreham is a life-long car nut and recovering engineer. John's focus areas are technology, safety, and green vehicles. In the 1990s, he was part of a team that built a solar-electric vehicle from scratch. His was the role of battery thermal control designer. For 20 years he applied his engineering and sales talents in the high tech world and published numerous articles in technical journals such as Chemical Processing Magazine. In 2008 he retired from that career and dedicated himself to chasing his dream of being an auto writer. In addition to Torque News, John's work has appeared in print in dozens of American newspapers and he provides reviews to many vehicle shopping sites. You can follow John on Twitter, and connect with him at Linkedin.


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I own a 2006 tundra limited 4×4. I has a 4.7 engine with a timmimg belt an is very expensive to fix when on social security. It has 218000 miles on it an has had the timming belt replaced at 187000
That is good for an original belt. Supposed to be changed every 80,000
My 2006 tundra is still running like a champ @196000 miles. I've had to replace the U joints and carrier bearing along with pads and rotors. It's on it's 2nd radiator as the first 1 went out around 180k.
2006 Toyota Prius with 295,000 miles, hands down the most reliable problem free car I've ever had. Beside regular maintenance, had to replace the ABS module and rear springs. Battery still original. Dont get the same fuel mileage as i used to because of the age, but 40mpg still beats most vehicles.
Why look at this when you can get a JD Power award for reliability? I hear their having a sale -- BOGO free award, your choice parameters!
Owned a 1996 Toyota Tacoma till we bought a new one in 2016. The '96, used for work, had more than 400k miles. Sold to a fellow construction worker for everyday use. The 2016 has been hit twice & is not holding up. They don't make anything like they used to. Old truck had been in 2-3 accidents & still held up.
BMW X3... 0.2% was the highest but the segement average was 2.0%? This chart is incorrect.
The chart may not be accurate, I am not verifying its legitimacy, but you’re reading it wrong. The “compared to average” is not an average it is a multiple of the average. Say the average was 1% and your car had 5% go over 200k miles. The “compared to average would be 5x. Jumping to conclusions is a sure fire way to showcase arrogance and stupidity. Also my 2011 prius has 140k miles. New brakes, struts, Lower control arms, and tie rods ends. She burns oil, 1qt per thousand miles (oil changes done every 3-4K, didn’t matter). And I only get 39MPG (used to be 49-51). I’d be surprised if I make it to 200k.
Rob, thank you for adding this comment. I agree with you. Stories like this are hard to do with complete accuracy. I feel like they help shoppers with some useful data, but they are all imperfect. I've done some warning stories about Prius cars and oil burning and the headlight defect. To try to help used shoppers understand the model and be prepared. Stepping back, though, I like to look at it this way; "If you were going to buy a 2011 model year 39 MPG car if you didn't pick a Prius, what would you pick that offers a better likelihood of long-term reliability?" It's tough to answer!
The article is good, I like it. I know many Prius that make it well into the 200k range. Mine alas probably won’t unless I put a new engine it it. Which I wouldn’t recommend anyone do in a 10+ year old hybrid. My advice on cars that do 200 plus, if you want to hit 200k in 10 years you can buy a Prius and be happy. If you want to hit 200 plus in 20 year stick to the non hybrid power trains and AVOID AVOID AVOID the Turbos. If I bought a 10 year old car today I would go Toyota Camry non hybrid over a 10 year old Prius. For a new model I would buy a hybrid because I generally drive 20-30k miles a year (except for this last year). I put 100k miles on my current Prius, bought it used for 10,500 with 40k miles 4 years ago (bargain).
I own a 2008 Tundra Crewmax Limited. What a vehicle! I"ve loved this truck since day one when it was brand new. Still looking good for an older gal, but as they say, old chicken makes good soup! Thanks Toyota 220,000 miles and still going strong.
This is great! I have a 1999 Toyota Camry with 310,100 miles and it runs fantastic!