Trucks and sport-utilities are the most likely vehicles to reach 200,000 miles, according to iSeeCars.com, an auto shopping information company.
ISeeCars.com culled mileage data for about 30 million used cars for sale in 2013 and looked to see which models were the most likely to have more than 200,000 miles of use.
The Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup was the most durable by that measure -- 4.2% of the trucks for sale last year had more than 200,000 miles.
It was followed by a similar vehicle, the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, at 3.6%; the Chevy Suburban, also 3.6%; Toyota’s 4Runner, 3.5%; and the Ford Expedition, 3%.
“Our thinking is that these trucks and SUVs are used for work and are driven a lot more than other vehicles,” said Phong Ly, chief executive of iSeeCars.
“We also think that manufacturers build trucks to last a long time and withstand harsher conditions because they know how they are used,” Ly said. “You can see that in the advertising slogans.”
And because they are used for commerce, businesses are careful about maintaining the vehicles to get more life out of them, Ly said.
On average, the pickup trucks listed for sale last year had 90,000 miles while passenger cars had 75,000, he said.
Excluding trucks and SUVs, all of the vehicles in the list are Japanese cars with the Honda Accord in the top spot, at 1.6%. The Accord was followed by the Subaru Legacy, 1.5%; Toyota Avalon, 1.5%; Honda Odyssey, 1.2%; and Nissan Maxima at 1.1%.
The only non-Japanese car in the top 10 list is the Ford Taurus. It ranked seventh at 1%.
High-end European models such as BMWs, Mercedes-Benzes and Jaguars don’t show up on the list.
Ly said one reason might be because these cars become more valuable as sources for spare parts as their mileage increases.
The 200,000-mile threshold is just one metric people should consider when pondering what vehicle to purchase, Ly said.
“It is a factor into understanding the longevity and reliability of a car,” he said, “but I would also factor in other data points as well such as the J.D. Power reliability study and Consumer Reports’ evaluations.”
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