Forbes has compiled a list of the top 10 cars most likely to run over 250,000 miles. It's not a surprise that a Subaru made the list. The Subaru Forester SUV made the top 5 vehicles list that is most-reliable and able to pile up the miles according to Forbes.
Subarus are known to go this many miles and more, and one thing you’ll notice about their owners, is how long they hang on to them. Like a badge of honor, they watch the odometer to see it roll over the 100,000 mile and then 200,000 mile marks and beyond. Many Subaru owners consider their car a member of the family and wouldn’t dare get rid of them, and according to Subaru, 96 percent of all Subaru cars built in the last 12 years are still on the road today. Forbes found this to be true.
How Forbes came up with the list
To determine which new cars would be the most likely to reach 250,000 miles and beyond, they combed the predicted reliability ratings for new vehicles published annually by Consumer Reports. The report is based on subscriber surveys received for over 1 million vehicles from the 2005 through 2014 model years. They take into consideration 17 potential problem areas, from major engine components, drivetrain, brakes and even paint, trim and interior accessories. Forbes narrowed down the highest-ranked cars according to which models Consumer Reports specifically recommends from their own road tests and owner satisfaction surveys. The Subaru Forester ranks in the top 5 of all vehicles.
Subaru Forester #5
The Forester is Subaru’s number one selling vehicle around the globe and its made at the Japanese automaker’s plant in Gunma, Japan. The popular small SUV received a Consumer Reports reliability rating of 62 percent above the average vehicle for reliability. Forester is popular with families because of its all-weather capabilities and its utility. Many fans mod their Forester and there are off-road clubs for adventure enthusiasts.
What else sets the Forester apart?
Subaru uses a unique engine design called "the boxer", and it sits at the heart of every Subaru vehicle. The name comes from the way the pistons move. In most cars, pistons move up and down. In the boxer engine, the pistons move horizontally, like a boxer punching. The advantages are many. The Subaru Boxer engines' unique design provides less vibration, and the major components stay lubricated reducing wear and friction compared to “dry starting” Inline and V-type engines. Think of it like a roll-on deodorant where you have to get the ball wet by rolling it before it works. The Subaru Boxer stays lubricated and there is less friction when initially starting the vehicle.
What cars made the Forbes top ten list? Go to Page 2
Here’s Forbes’ list of most likely vehicles to run for over 250,000 miles with their Consumer Reports Reliability Rating from 10th place to number one. Toyota Sienna (55), Lexus RX 350/450h (57), Mazda6 (57), Volkswagen Passat (59), Audi Allroad (61), Subaru Forester (62), Toyota Prius/Plug-In Prius (63), Lexus ES 350/450h (63), Toyota Camry/Camry Hybrid (66), and Scion xB (81).
Subaru Forester owners are the most loyal automobile owners in the world because they know their car is dependable and they can count on their multi-use vehicle to take them anywhere they want to go. It’s not a surprise that the Subaru Forester SUV is in the top 5 cars most likely to go more than 250,000 miles.
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