The Cars That Will Last the Longest

With the price of cars these days, it makes sense to stretch the life of your wheels a little longer. 

Back in 1966, a guy named Irv Gordon paid about a year’s salary for a beautiful red sports car. He paid $4,150 for the Volvo 1800S, and kept the car for the rest of his life, driving it a record-breaking 3.2 million miles until he died in 2018.

The so-called 3 Million Mile Volvo is now owned by Volvo. The company purchased the car after Gordon died for its heritage collection, but also to study how the car was able to go so much further than any other car in the world.

Gordon had “a fanatical dedication to vehicle maintenance,” Volvo reported in a 2013 press release. 

“I bought my Volvo P1800 on a Friday and immediately fell in love,” Gordon was quoted in the press release that year when he passed his 3-million mile mark. 

The company also attributed the longevity of the little sports car to “an extraordinary demonstration of reliability, durability, safety and intelligent design” of their cars.

Irv Gordon reached the 3-million-mile mark in 2013 on a road trip to Alaska.


Whether you’re the owner or the car maker, it’s an impressive achievement, and lots of people, whether for love or frugality, would like to make their cars last even a fraction of a million miles.

Car owners in the U.S. kept their vehicles an average 12.2 years in 2022. The average vehicle age in the U.S. has risen steadily since 2013.

The annual average mileage driven in the U.S. was 12,300 miles in 2021. That adds up to 150,060 miles over 12.2 years, less than 5% of the distance Irv Gordon drove his red Volvo.

AAA says that a 1991 Chevy Silverado lasted 1.29 million miles, and a 1956 Cadillac Fleetwood lasted more than a million miles. Long-distance drivers tend to be serious about maintenance, AAA says.

There’s different ways to find out which cars might last longest. Consumer Reports does a consumer satisfaction survey on over 300,000 vehicles over 22 years to determine the most reliable car brands. (Volvo ranks No. 14.) 

Data analysts at car search engine iSeeCars tried to determine which vehicles might have the longest lifespan by analyzing over two million cars produced and sold for at least 10 of the past 20 model years, then ranking each model by its highest mileage-achieving cars.

At least 2.5% of the top-ranking 20 models went over 200,000 miles, and the top 1% of these vehicles covered between 230,000 and 297,000 miles over the last two decades. For example, 1% of Toyota Sequoias on the road have at least 296,509 miles on the odometer.

The iSeeCars study isn’t reporting the maximum lifespan of these vehicles, but simply measuring current odometer readings. 

“Most of these cars are still in use and going strong,” said Karl Brauer, iSeeCars executive analyst. “What we see is a list of highly-durable vehicles, capable of more than a quarter-million miles of use if properly maintained.”

There’s that maintenance thing again. 

Here are the cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans with the longest potential lifespan:

1. Toyota Sequoia

Potential lifespan: 296,509 miles

In a separate study, analyzed over 260 million cars sold between 2012 and 2022 to find the probability that a vehicle would make it more than 250,000 miles. They calculated average odometer readings for each vehicle at each yearly age to estimate the chances that a vehicle would last that long. The Sequoia came in with a 47.1% chance of going a quarter million miles.


2. Toyota Land Cruiser

Potential lifespan: 280,236 miles

The Land Cruiser indicated a 47.9% chance of lasting 250,000+ miles.


3. Chevrolet Suburban

Potential lifespan: 265,732 miles


4. Toyota Tundra

Potential lifespan: 256,022 miles

The Tundra indicated a 47.9% chance of lasting 250,000+ miles.


5. GMC Yukon XL

Potential lifespan: 252,360 miles

Chance of lasting 250,000+ miles: 21.3%


6. Toyota Prius

Potential lifespan: 250,601 miles


7. Chevrolet Tahoe

Potential lifespan: 250,338 miles


8. Honda Ridgeline

Potential lifespan: 248,669 miles


9. Toyota Avalon

Potential lifespan: 245,710 miles

Chance of lasting 250,000+ miles: 33.1%


10. Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Potential lifespan: 244,994 miles


11. Ford Expedition

Potential lifespan: 244,682 miles

Chance of lasting 250,000+ miles: 19.9%


12. Toyota 4Runner

Potential lifespan: 244,665 miles

Chance of lasting 250,000+ miles: 41%


13. Toyota Sienna

Potential lifespan: 239,607 miles

Chance of lasting 250,000+ miles: 23.3%


14. GMC Yukon

Potential lifespan: 238,956 miles


15. Honda Pilot

Potential lifespan: 236,807 miles

Chance of lasting 250,000+ miles: 42.7%


16. Honda Odyssey

Potential lifespan: 235,852 miles

Chance of lasting 250,000+ miles: 13.8%


17. Toyota Tacoma

Potential lifespan: 235,070 miles

Chance of lasting 250,000+ miles: 41.7%


18. Nissan Titan

Potential lifespan: 233,295 miles


19. Ford F-150

Potential lifespan: 232,650 miles

Chance of lasting 250,000+ miles: 19%


20. Toyota Camry Hybrid

Potential lifespan: 230,547 miles


21. Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Potential lifespan: 230,515 miles

Chance of lasting 250,000+ miles: 31%


22. Acura MDX

Potential lifespan: 228,472 miles

Chance of lasting 250,000+ miles: 29.2%


23. Cadillac Escalade ESV

Potential lifespan: 228,449 miles

Chance of lasting 250,000+ miles: 12.5%

The ESV is the stretch-length Cadillac Escalade. The regular Escalade’s potential lifespan is 224,782 miles.


24. Honda Accord

Potential lifespan: 226,168 miles

Chance of lasting 250,000+ miles: 27.1%


25. Toyota Camry

Potential lifespan: 223,249 miles

Chance of lasting 250,000+ miles: 20.4%


26. GMC Sierra 1500

Potential lifespan: 222,691 miles

Chance of lasting 250,000+ miles: 18.3%


27. Ford Ranger

Potential lifespan: 220,980 miles

Chance of lasting 250,000+ miles: 14.1%


28. Lincoln Navigator

Potential lifespan: 220,319 miles


29. Nissan Armada

Potential lifespan: 220,172 miles


30. Toyota Highlander

Potential lifespan: 218,075 miles

Chance of lasting 250,000+ miles: 17.5%

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