Does Subaru make the longest-lasting cars? According to a new report from iSeeCars, Subaru has only one model in its all-wheel-drive lineup with the greatest potential to go over 200,000 miles. It's the 2023 Subaru Outback based on its past longevity history.
The iSeeCars lifespan study analyzed over two million cars produced and sold for at least 10 of the past 20 model years, ranking each model by its highest mileage-achieving cars. The models listed below have seen high mileage use, clearing between 200,000 and 300,000 miles over the past 20 years.
iSeeCars 20 SUVs with the greatest potential lifespan
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"What we see is a list of highly-durable vehicles, capable of more than a quarter-million miles of use if properly maintained," said iSeeCars Executive Analyst Karl Brauer. "And to be clear, this study isn't reporting the maximum lifespan of these vehicles. This is simply a measure of current odometer readings. Most of these cars are still in use and going strong."
As you can see, the Subaru Outback is the one Subaru SUV model with the greatest potential lifespan and is expected to go over 200,000 models. Outback's likely lifespan is 208,298 miles, according to the iSeeCars study.
How does the Subaru Outback's dependability compare with other Subaru models?
Looking at another dependability study, IHS Markit, now part of S&P Global data, reveals which Subaru models last the longest. The Subaru Outback midsize SUV takes the longest-lasting crown but not by much. The data says that 97 percent of Outback vehicles sold over the last ten years are still on the road today.
The data is based on IHS Markit research on vehicles in operation as of June 30, 2022, for model years 2013 to 2022 versus the total new registrations of those vehicles.
Subaru Forester is the second longest-lasting Subaru model
The Subaru Forester compact SUV is right behind the Outback, with 96 percent of the compact SUVs sold over the last ten years still on the road today.
The Subaru Impreza compact sedan and hatchback models and the Subaru Legacy sedan are the next longest-lasting models. S&P Global says 95 percent of Impreza and Legacy models from 2013 to 2022 are still on the road today.
Where do the Subaru Crosstrek and Ascent rank in longevity?
The S&P Global report does not rank the Subaru Crosstrek subcompact SUV. We know it's rated one of the most reliable Subaru models by Consumer Reports. The Subaru Ascent 3-Row family hauler was new in 2019, and more data on the midsize SUV needs to be collected.
As in other studies, the Subaru Outback has a history of being the longest-lasting model that will go well over 200,000 miles.
Brauer pointed out that the above models have the greatest "potential" lifespan if properly maintained. This means getting regular oil changes and doing the recommended 15,000, 30,000, and 60,000-mile services on time.
Customers who buy the Subaru Outback tend to have higher incomes and are more likely to spend money on maintenance than buyers of the other Subaru models. There is very little difference in the drivetrains of the Outback compared with the Forester compact SUV and other Subaru models.
If you take care of the 2023 Subaru Forester, Crosstrek, Ascent, or other Subaru all-wheel-drive models, they will likely go well over 200,000 miles and much longer. It's why the 2023 Subaru Outback has the greatest potential lifespan. Outback owners take care of essential things like regular maintenance.
In the comment section below, let us know how many miles you have on your Subaru and what model you own.
Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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