Every drivet on the American roads wants to own a vehicle that will serve him for as long as possible – I believe the exact word is “forever”. Or at least for 20 to 30 years and counting. First things first, I gotta say that if a car still looks, feels and operates good after 200K miles behind it, that’s usually a sign of a top-dog, a sure thing. And the nice folks at iSeeCars.com reviewed 12 MILLION cars, dating back to ’81 up to 2016 and checked every single model to see which ones managed to stand out with a 200K miles range on them at resale in 2015. They used a pretty complicated system that allowed them to figure out which cars had the most model years currently driving in the United States. Now, to be honest, I have to mention that we don’t really know much about these stamina-packed steel horses: there’s no info on how many times the cars were repaired (and how much did that cost), how many times they broke down, and finally, how many times they ruined the owner’s life with sudden stops in the middle of the road or with engine blasts. Still, if you’ve got the highest % of long-riding models in the streets, that means you did something right with your line-up. So, the following list included 8 vehicles that can easily do 200K+ miles without even breaking a sweat. Ready? Here we go!
#1 – The Nissan Quest
I bet you’d never guess that a family-friendly minivan could be a workhorse and last for 200 thousand freaking miles. Well, that’s a fact, my friends, so, kudos to Nissan! The Quest might not be the best-looking car on the road (or the best minivan on the market, for that matter; hello, Toyota Sienna!), or even the most popular one in the segment, but when it comes to endurance and stamina, it’s the real deal. By the way, back in 2014 (that’s 12 years ago) the Nissan Quest managed to sell 46.4K units, while 10 years later – in 2014 – they could only move 10K units). But that still doesn’t matter, because today we’re talking about 8 vehicles that can easily do 200K+ miles, and, judging by the fact that we’ve still got the early editions taking folks places without breaking down or causing too much trouble, I’d say the Quest is doing a pretty decent job. So, a lot of vans were sold on the resale market last year, and about 1.3% of the vehicles that came packed with 200K miles on the odometer were Nissan Quests.
8 Vehicles That Can Easily Do 200K+ Miles – #2, The Chevrolet Impala
As far as affordable full-size sedans go, the Impala is definitely one of the most loved and respected ones in the industry. Well, no big surprise there, because this model was first introduced to the world ages ago – back in the ’50s. In the ’60s you had the coupes; in the ’80s you had some weird designs. And today it’s one hell of an investment for that hard-earned money. When it comes to good-looking sedans Chevy sure does know how to make them shine. In addition, this full-sizer is also a super-strong, reliable and durable vehicle, with – again – a 1.3% share among all the vehicles sold in 2015 with 200K miles on the meter. So, if you’ve got an old (but not rusty) Chevy Impala that’s been around for a while and you wanna sell it, I suggest you demand top dollar for it and never let the buyers take it off your hands with pocket money, because the resale value on a long-lasting car like that is quite decent.
#3 – The Toyota Sienna
Remember I mentioned the Sienna as the king of minivans on the American market when talking about the Nissan Quest? Well, it’s time to shed some light on it: yes, it definitely is the hottest minivan out there, and not only in terms of exterior looks and interior comfort level. It’s also pretty tech-packed (for a car like that, I mean), fuel-efficient and good when it comes to reselling it. By the way, last year, in 2015, the Sienna had the best sales year ever since the rise of the segment back in the 2000+, with 137.5K units sold. The Toyota minivan has a unique vibe, an attractive side that makes multi-child folks stick with it. Aha, I’m talking about the families driving to a soccer/b-ball/baseball game with the kids in the back seats of a Sienna. As for the numbers, at least 1.4% of all the vehicles currently on the road that managed to go beyond that 200 miles line and still be able to perform strong and steady are Siennas.
#4 – The Honda Civic
Alright, let’s move on with the list of 8 vehicles that can easily do 200K+ miles. Next up we’ve got Honda and their world-famous Civic sedan. And despite the fact the manufacturer is a Japanese company (yep, yet another one), here in the United States it’s got something of an iconic status. Today it’s in the tenth gen, so, you could imagine that there’s a lot of Honda Civics out there with more than 200K miles behind their backs. Now, while the most popular edition has always been the 4-door classic mid-size sedan, there have also been tons of coupes on the streets, so, count them in as well. One last thing: the current, 2016 model looks really great and is finally bringing back that customer love and support. The car had some difficulties back in the day, but this year the company is set out to go big with the Civic. Next year we’ll even get the performance-oriented Type R, so, that’s a win-win, ladies and gentlemen.
8 Vehicles That Can Easily Do 200K+ Miles – #5, The Toyota Camry
When it comes to the Toyota Camry, I can’t really describe it to you folks, because you already know everything you need to. Yes, it’s the best-selling mid-size sedan in America (ever) and one of the best-sellers in the automobile industry, period. And partially that huge success is due to the model’s natural durability and reliability. About 1.6 percent of all the vehicles with 200K miles on the road sold in 2015 were Toyota Camrys. Despite the fact that experts in the industry keep talking about the legendary mid-size sedan losing its grip and falling behind the pack in terms of fuel-efficiency, technological features/safety equipment and design, the Camry is still warm and sound and is not willing to go down without a fight. The customers love it for being highly affordable, safe, reliable, and, as we just witnessed, highly durable. As it turns out, that’s the dream-pack for any middle-class man/woman looking for a good bang for their bucks.
#6 – The Ford Taurus
Speaking of models that have been roaming the American streets for ages, I gotta mention the Ford Taurus, another full-size sedan from the early days. This car was first introduced to the public back in 1985. For years, the Blue Oval Brand was working on this go-getter and perfecting it for several generations, until they got the perfect thing. In the 2007-2010 period the Taurus was extremely popular among rental car fleets and – wait for it – police departments all over the States. Well, that pretty much explains why there are so many Taurus models with 200 miles on them (that’s 1.8%). Right now the Detroit giant is working hard on entering the Chinese market with this full-size sedan, and if they succeed, that will be the first fruitful attempt of a US automobile manufacturer to grow roots in the Asian segment. If not, we’ll still get to enjoy it to the fullest. So, either way we’re in luck. Ok, I’ve gather y’all today to talk about 8 vehicles that can easily do 200K+ miles – let’s not forget about that. There are only two models left!
#7 – The Honda Accord
This one is the Camry’s biggest rival and the closest thing to a perfect mid-size sedan. When you hear about the titans clashing just know that it’s Honda fighting against Toyota. By the way – this is the second car from Honda in the list, and that means it’s quite a popular brand here in the land of the free. Durable and reliable cars have always been one favorite picks, so, that’s how the Japanese managed to dominate the American market for so many years. Last year, 2.3 percent of the vehicles sold with 200K miles behind their backs were Accords. There’s a lot of talk around the web that the segment of mid-size sedans is losing its former might and is about to get crashed by the SUVs. That might be a possibility 10 to 20 years later, but for now they are well on their way and can’t nobody mess with them. The Camry and the Accord are the all-time leaders of sales, and actions speak louder than words, you know?
#8 – The Toyota Avalon
Aha, so, Toyota DID actually outrun Honda! Once again! This gorgeous large sedan is the company’s pride and joy and makes 2.7% of the 200K mile-makers in 2015. And that’s what makes it the best among the 8 vehicles that can easily do 200K+ miles. Numbers don’t lie. To tell you the truth, the Avalon has a lot in common with the aforementioned minivans, because it’s quite popular with big-happy families and it’s pretty spacious (both in the interior and in the cargo). So, if taken care of properly, the Toyota Avalon will serve you for decades.
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