What Cars Last the Longest? The Answer May Surprise You!

August 28th, 2020 by

While car buyers may have different criteria they’re looking for when purchasing a used vehicle, one of the most common among all shoppers seems to be longevity — how long the car or truck will keep driving. Frequently, Toyota models appear to outlast many other makes, and they do take many of the top spots for longest-lasting used cars. It’s also interesting to note that many of the longest-lasting vehicles appear to be full-size SUVs. Additionally, according to iSeeCars, many of the longest-lasting vehicles can push up to 200,000 miles or more on their odometers.

So, if you’re searching for the perfect used vehicle, here’s a list of the top longest-lasting makes and models in order from longest to shortest in longevity.

Toyota Land Cruiser

A Toyota Land Cruiser driving along a mountain road with forested trees all around.

Image via Unsplash by vitorrossetto

The Toyota Land Cruiser has been an icon of the auto brand for around 60 years since it became popular shortly after World War II. The Land Cruiser holds the top spot for the longest-lasting used vehicles, and it’s no surprise why. With excellent off-road capabilities, reliability, and durability, the Land Cruiser is built to last.

Toyota Sequoia

The Toyota Sequoia takes the number-two place in the list. The Sequoia’s longevity can be attributed to its size (with enough room for eight to 10 people), its powertrain, and its capabilities for hauling and driving over variable terrain. If you’re looking for something that can deliver on durability and longevity, the Sequoia has you covered.

Ford Expedition

The Ford Expedition debuted in 1996 for the 1997 model year and has been one of the longest-lasting full-size SUVs since. With comparable power and durability to the Toyota Sequoia, this SUV has the power and capabilities to haul and tow heavy payloads and transport up to nine passengers. With the durability and longevity of the Expedition’s mechanical, safety, and comfort features, it’s no surprise that many of these SUVs keep going, even with higher mileage.

Chevrolet Suburban

The Chevrolet Suburban has a long history going back to 1935, when the Suburban officially debuted, and it has been the longest-running model name in production. Few large SUVs can offer the reliability and durability that the Suburban delivers, so if you’re looking for a used full-size SUV with the power, towing, and hauling capabilities to last you through the years, the Suburban might be just the vehicle for you.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is the only hybrid to make this list of longest-lasting used vehicles. The fuel savings alone can make this SUV worth every penny spent on it. It’s easy to drive with smooth handling, and it boasts an efficient powertrain that gives it its signature fuel efficiency. So if you’re looking for a used hybrid, the Highlander may be exactly what you need.

Chevrolet Tahoe

The Chevy Tahoe is another great option for a long-lasting and reliable used vehicle that’s been in production for over 25 years. This full-size SUV boasts enough space for a large family, hauling cargo, and packing in luggage and groceries. It’s also built to tow, so you can tow a boat, camper, or trailer. Much like the Suburban, the Tahoe has what it takes to last.

GMC Yukon XL

This full-size SUV shares the same platform and many of the same components and parts as the Tahoe and Suburban, which most likely explains why each of these models lasts so long. With a powerful engine, capable towing, and the room for a growing family, the Yukon XL delivers on being one of the longest-lasting used vehicles.

Toyota 4Runner

The Toyota 4Runner is another rugged off-road SUV that delivers on performance and reliability. Many 4Runners come standard with an all-wheel-drive system, though you can find used 4Runners with four-wheel drive. That said, the 4Runner’s suspension and handling were designed more specifically for rugged terrain and beaten paths, but this vehicle still makes an exceptional daily driver. If you want the power and capability similar to a Land Cruiser combined with the comfort and easy handling of a Sequoia, the 4Runner has much to offer.

GMC Yukon

The GMC Yukon is the shorter body variation of the Yukon XL and carries essentially the same platform, powertrain, and drivetrain. Its shorter wheelbase takes a little away from its cargo capacity compared to the Yukon XL, but its durability and power are not lacking. With three rows of seating and the towing capabilities you would expect from a full-size GMC SUV, the regular Yukon makes another great choice for a reliable used vehicle that lasts.

Honda Ridgeline

The only Honda on this list, the Ridgeline delivers the efficiency and longevity that Honda is known for. The Honda Ridgeline isn’t quite as mighty of a pickup truck as a Silverado or a Tundra, but it delivers car-like comfort and the towing and hauling capabilities that you’d need for light transport. In addition to its capabilities, the Ridgeline is also durable and reliable, and it provides the safety standards you’ll need to travel securely. For used pickups, the Honda Ridgeline makes the list as longest-lasting.

Toyota Tundra

The Toyota Tundra makes the list as the second-longest lasting pickup truck. With towing and hauling capabilities that you’d expect from a full-size heavy-duty pickup, the Tundra also boasts a durable power plant that delivers long-lasting performance. If you’re in the market for a used pickup truck larger than the Ridgeline but with similar longevity, the Tundra may be a vehicle to consider.

These 11 vehicles have what it takes to reach the high-mile mark. While many of the longest-lasting used vehicles are SUVs, the pickups on the list can also be great choices, especially if you need to tow a trailer or haul a heavy payload. If you’re looking for a sedan, you can find a few Honda and Toyota models, like the Toyota Avalon, that might suit your needs. So no matter the style of vehicle you’re looking for, when you shop used, be sure to look for something that is long-lasting and durable.

Visit Sweeney today, or contact us, to get started on finding a used car that will last.

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