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6 Quick Picks: Longest lasting cars, trucks, SUVs, and minivans

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During the decades following World War II, cars were glamorously styled but they didn’t last for very long without plenty of tender, loving care. (Pexels)

BY Christian Wardlaw


Saturday, May 27, 2017, 9:00 AM

During the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, my father bought a new car every two years. Cars didn’t last as long back then as they do today, but even by the standards of the time his behavior was unusual. He was a car guy, though, and he had the means to do, so for decades he bought high and sold low.

Many people prefer to take a different approach to vehicle ownership, buying one and driving it until regularly repairs become detrimental to their financial health. This helps to explain why the average age of a typical vehicle on American roads in 2016 was 11.6 years, according to vehicle registration analysis performed by IHS Markit. That’s a record.


Several factors are driving the aging of the country’s vehicle fleet:

The Great Recession and the slow economic recovery played a large role, along with economic shifts that have eroded the middle class and reduced discretionary spending across large swaths of the population.

Stagnant household incomes didn’t start to grow again until last year. Given this, during the past decade the people who could still buy cars were taking out longer-term loans on both new and used vehicles in order to make them more affordable. In turn, consumers are keeping their cars for a greater amount of time in order to pay them off.

Modern vehicles are higher in quality, designed and engineered to last longer than ever, and even when they’re treated with relative indifference. This means they don’t cost much to own and maintain as they age, which means it isn’t necessary to replace them as often.

Which cars last the longest?


Nearly a century ago, cars broke down frequently, requiring significant repair or replacement. Today, cars last much longer. (Pexels)

If you’re of the mind that it makes sense to buy a new car today and then drive it for a long time to come, two organizations have identified those makes and models which are most likely to hit the 200,000-mile mark.

Consumer Reports, based on its annual subscriber survey of 740,000 people, has identified ten vehicles that are the most likely to make it to 200,000 miles.

A used car listings search engine and automotive research company called iSeeCars has also performed an analysis of more than 13 million vehicles, and has created lists of vehicles that last the longest.

What Daily News Autos has done here is to cross-reference this research, profiling the makes and models that both companies have identified as most likely to provide 200,000 miles of faithful service. The vehicles are listed below in alphabetical order.

Ford F-150


For 2018, the Ford F-150 sees minor styling updates, moderate safety and technology improvements, and major drivetrain upgrades, including a new turbo-diesel engine. (Ford Motor Company)

According to iSeeCars, full-size trucks and SUVs are, generally speaking, the most durable vehicles you can buy. This stands to reason, as they are built on platforms and are powered by drivetrains that are designed and engineered to tow and haul plenty of weight.

However, among them, only the Ford F-150 appears on both the iSeeCars list and the Consumer Reports list.

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