Does your pickup truck have 200,000 miles on the odometer? What percentage of vehicles just like yours do you think are still on the road?
According to a recent study by iSeeCars.com, which studied more than 13 million pre-owned vehicles from model-year 1981 to 2017 sold in the U.S. with more than 200,000 miles on the odometers, the most longest-lasting vehicles of any type are full-size SUVs. Examples include the Ford Expedition (5.7 percent), Toyota Sequoia (5.6 percent), and Chevrolet Suburban (4.8 percent).
The top pickup trucks on the list were the Toyota Tacoma, which ranked ninth, with 2.5 percent of its vehicles beyond 200,000 miles. After the Tacoma, trucks included the No. 11 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (2.2 percent), the Ford F-150 (2.1 percent), and the GMC Sierra 1500 (2.0 percent), clearly the best-represented segment after full-size SUVs.
Of course, this survey is not a clear indication that your Toyota, Chevy, Ford or GMC will make it to 200,000 miles or that those not named on this list will not. To do that, we recommend regularly maintaining and caring for your truck for the sake of the person likely to purchase your pickup. And who knows – if it’s not you, maybe they’ll be the ones to take it over 200,000 miles.
It is well known in the realm of automobiles that trucks and SUVs last the longest. Companies pride themselves in the longevity of their vehicles and heavily market this aspect to get more buyers. With reputations on the line, the auto research site iSeeCars compiled a list of the top 10 longest-lasting vehicles. It is stated they analyzed over 12 million cars from 1981 to 2015 to determine which models had the highest percentage of vehicles clocking over 200,000 miles. While the list was all-inclusive, the Toyota Avalon was the only car that made it, and it tied for ninth. Ejecting this outlier from the pack, we are left with the top 10 trucks and SUVs with the largest percentage of vehicles soaring past the 200,000-mile mark.
With fuel prices remaining affordable, the economy continuing to chug along stalwartly, and consumers’ tastes shifting, sales of pickup trucks and truck-based SUVs have been gaining steam rapidly. New-model sales in the combined segments leaped by 13% last year, according to Automotive News, while passenger car sales dropped by 2.3%. Demand is becoming so great the Wall Street Journal reports U.S. new-car dealers are pleading with automakers to shift production away from incentive-laden cars to keep their inventories stocked with big-ticket trucks.
Demand for used pickups and SUVs is likewise heating up. If you’re in the market for something more rugged and capable than that small sedan sitting in the driveway but don’t necessarily want to go all in and spend $45,000 or more on a new truck, the pre-owned market is definitely the way to go. But as always, buying a used vehicle is fraught with potential problems, especially for those who intend to own a workhorse for the long haul.
To help identify which vehicles currently on the road tend to last the longest, the data miners at the used-car site iSeeCars.com analyzed a sample of no less than 12 million vehicles from the 1981 model year and later to determine which have rung up the most miles on their respective odometers. As it stands, pickups and truck-based SUVs dominate the “longest lasting” list, placing 10 out of the top 10 models among all vehicle types.
Space, price, and reliability are typically bullet points atop every new car buyer’s checklist. Reliability especially makes certain brands – historically, companies like Honda, Toyota, Ford, and Chevy – more desirable for consumers. But the list of the longest-lasting models to 200,000 miles (321,868 kilometres) might actually surprise you.
A recent study by iSeeCars takes a look at vehicles that are most likely to reach 200,000 miles and beyond. Interestingly, full-size SUVs (and SUVs in general) top the list with ten entrants, while trucks and sedans follow behind. Take a look at the full list of the 15 cars, trucks, and SUVs that rank near the top in terms of reliability.
The top seven vehicles and eight of the top 11 on the 2019 list of longest-lasting vehicles most likely to reach 200,000 or more are SUVs, based on research by iSeeCars.com. Three are General Motors products, while Toyota Motor Corp. captured five of the top-11 spots with three SUVs and two pickups.
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1.2020 Ford F-150
Ford offers a 3.0-litre PowerStroke V6 turbo diesel engine in the 2020 Ford F-150 full-size light-duty full-size pickup family. Diesel costs a bit more, but they’re known for increased hauling and towing capacity and excellent fuel economy. Ford covers the F-150 with a warranty for three years or 36,000 miles.
The PowerStroke engine delivers 440 pound-feet of torque, driving the F-150 through a 10-speed automatic transmission. The F-150 will tow up to 11,400 pounds and carry up to 1,940 pounds payload. The diesel’s fuel economy is impressive, returning up to 20 mpg in city driving and up to 25 mpg on the highway, with an average of 22 mpg combined.
A list of long-lasting pickups would be incomplete without any pickup trucks manufactured by Ford. Ford Motors produce several pickup trucks, including mid-sized, full-sized and heavy duties.
There is a reason why their F-150 is popular, and it has a lot to do with the fact that it is a rugged vehicle that goes the extra mile.
The F-150 is made from military-grade aluminum and has been tested in off-road races. The newer vans have triple the amount of high-strength steel, which more than likely increases the van’s safety as well as its longevity. Ford also boasts that its F-150 is America’s best full-size pickup.
2.2020 Chevrolet Silverado
Chevrolet also has a new turbo diesel engine available for the new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 light-duty full-size truck. The 3.0-litre Duramax is an inline six-cylinder power plant rated at 460 pound-feet of torque and 277 horsepower. This engine also comes with a 10-speed transmission. Chevrolet trucks come with a three-year, 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, and Chevrolet covers its diesel engine with a five-year or 50,000-mile powertrain warranty.
In addition to the new engine, the Chevrolet Silverado was completely re-engineered last year with an all-new chassis that should be exceptionally durable. A new Trail Boss trim includes an extra-tough 4WD system. Small changes like a new taller steering knuckle reduce bump feedback to the steering wheel, and this truck comes with four-wheel disc brakes.
The Chevy Silverado is one of the most dependable full-size pickups. When you want a long-lasting vehicle, you are obviously going to want a vehicle that is dependable both on and off-road.
Most of the Silverado’s body is made from high-strength steel, and it has superior strength. The cargo bed is also made of steel.
The Silverado comes with a V8 285-420 hp engine, outstanding towing capacity, roomy and upscale cabin and a standard Teen Driver feature. The vehicle is available in both rear-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive vehicle. The van seats 3-6 persons with its roomy cabin space.
Nipping at the heels of the F-250, the Silverado 2500HD retains its spot at #2 with 5.7%. While 0.3% could be a large number of vehicles, the 2500HD was trailing by 0.6% last time.
The Chevrolet Silverado is the only American truck on this list – but not the only truck. At 1.9 percent of models making it to 200,000 miles, the Silverado ties the Honda Pilot. The Silverado, as a nameplate, has been around since 1998.
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3.2019 Ram 1500 Classic Diesel
The story of Ram’s half-ton full-size pickup is a little confusing because there are two different 2019 RAM 1500 models. One is an entirely new design, and the other is the vehicle’s previous generation, now called the 2019 RAM 1500 Classic. The Classic is available with a turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine with 420 pound-feet of torque and 240 horsepower. This engine can no longer be ordered on 2019 models, but trucks with this long-lasting engine are still available at dealers. The new-generation Ram will also receive a turbodiesel option for the 2020 model year, but it isn’t yet on sale as of this writing.
The Ram 1500 Classic transmission is an advanced eight-speed automatic with your choice of rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. Ram Trucks covers its vehicles with a three-year, 36,000-mile general warranty and a five-year or 50,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Well, surprise! You probably didn’t expect to see a Dodge vehicle on this list, but the Ram 1500 is actually one of the most durable and long-lasting trucks on the market. The Ram 1500 has been labelled as one of “America’s long-lasting pickups.” The new models of the van have undergone performance testing in a variety of conditions, including double off-set potholes and frame twisting. So, the newer models may be more suitable for roads that are not well paved or maintained. The older vehicles can also withstand difficult terrains and take its owner on off-road adventures. The Ram 1500 definitely raises the bar on ruggedness.
4.2020 Toyota Tundra
Toyota does not offer a diesel option on the 2020 Toyota Tundra full-size light-duty truck, but it does provide a proven 5.7-litre V8. This engine delivers 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque, routed through a six-speed automatic transmission. Toyota’s been making this engine a long time, and the brand’s reputation for longevity and reliability is unmatched. Toyota covers the Tundra with a three-year, 36,000-mile comprehensive warranty and a five-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Depending on the trim level you buy, you can order your Tundra with a convenient extended cab or a full four-door crew cab. However, the gasoline engine returns only 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg in highway driving. The tradeoff here is that the Tundra is less expensive to purchase than the diesel-powered options from other brands.
It should be of no surprise to you that another of Toyota’s pickup makes the list of long-lasting pickup trucks. The 2017 version of the Tundra started the year off as the No. 1 in Light Duty Pickup and has an award-winning foundation. The best thing about the Tundra is that Toyota improves its design and performance year after year. Thus, some versions of the Tundra have 310-381 hp engines and can pull as much as 10,500 lbs. The newer versions have modern features such as ventilated seats, daytime running lights and an infotainment system. Some models, though, have uncomfortable seats.
One of two Toyota trucks on this list, 2.6 percent of Tundra models, make it to 200,000 miles. The current Tundra has been around in its current form since 2006 – but an update is coming. Spy photos show a brand-new version of the truck with what appears to be a fresh look and an air suspension.
5.2019 Nissan Titan X.D.
If you want to maximize the life of any truck, a heavy-duty model is a way to go. The 2019 Nissan Titan X.D. offers the longest standard warranty of any new truck with five years or 100,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage. Buyers have a choice between a 5.6-litre gas V8 with a seven-speed automatic transmission, or a Cummins 5.0-litre V8 turbodiesel with a six-speed automatic.
Cummins is a well-known diesel engine manufacturer, and this engine offers 555 pound-feet of torque and 310 horsepower. In the Titan X.D. chassis, this combination will tow up to 11,960 pounds and carry up to 1,920 pounds. One last note that bears well for this to be a long-lasting truck: 2019 Nissan trucks received the highest initial quality rating from J.D. Power.
Nissan vehicles are known to most as being durable and for having a good resale value. Their vehicles are also known for their low maintenance costs and ruggedness. The Titan, like its namesake, is supersized, and its 2017 version has been labelled as “America’s Best Truck Warranty.” This does not mean that the warranty makes the truck long-lasting, despite surpassing the coverage offered by its competitors. This truck is a rugged, supersized full-size pickup truck that is available as a 2-door truck or 4-door truck. It has only been in production since 2003, but its reputation proceeds it well.
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6.2020 Jeep Gladiator
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is brand-new this year, so it’s hard to tell how it will last. But this Jeep mid-size pickup comes with the very reliable 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine, tuned to produce 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The standard transmission is a six-speed manual, but an eight-speed automatic is available and is likely to last longer than a manual. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator carries a three-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, with five years or 60,000 miles coverage on the powertrain.
The Gladiator includes best-in-class (for mid-size crew cab 4X4 trucks) towing capability of 7,650 pounds, and best-in-class payload capacity of 1,600 pounds. Fuel economy with the automatic transmission is estimated at 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. Oh, and by the way, the Gladiator is a convertible.
7.2020 GMC Canyon Diesel
Both the 2020 GMC Canyon and the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado mid-size trucks are available with a 2.8-litre four-cylinder Duramax turbodiesel. This engine produces 369 pound-feet of torque and 181 horsepower, enabling either truck to pull trailers up to 7,700 pounds. When paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, these trucks return up to 20 mpg in city driving and 30 mpg on the highway. G.M. gives both trucks a three-year, 36,000-mile general warranty and a five-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
The GMC and Chevrolet mid-size trucks are also available with a well-known 3.6-litre gas-powered V6 engine, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s worth noting that all Duramax-powered mid-size trucks come with four-wheel drive. If you prefer a rear-wheel-drive truck with a diesel, you’ll have to upgrade to the larger GMC Sierra or Chevrolet Silverado.
The GMC Canyon is another full-sized pickup truck to make a list. This truck can definitely give its owners 300,000 miles on the odometer. Apart from its endurance levels, modern versions of the truck borrow some of the technology from bigger pickups for optimum performance. Critics have rated GMC’s Canyon with more than 8 points out of 10 for the past couple of years in terms of its performance, interior and operation costs. The van is an excellent off-roader and has 181-308hp. It can seat 2-5 people (somewhat comfortably) depending on the model you get. It is available for purchase in rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
8.2019 Honda Ridgeline
The 2019 Honda Ridgeline is a unique truck because it’s built with a stamped body like an SUV, rather than a traditional ladder frame like most trucks. As a result, the Ridgeline has a much smoother and quieter ride than most trucks. The Ridgeline is a front-wheel-drive vehicle, with all-wheel drive available as an option.
Every Ridgeline comes with Honda’s well-developed 3.5-litre V6 gas engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The Honda V6 is rated to produce 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Honda offers a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty, with coverage for five years or 60,000 miles on the drivetrain. But when you want one of the longest-lasting trucks, what you’re really buying is Honda’s general reputation for quality and longevity.
The longest-lasting pickup on this list is the Honda Ridgeline. The now 13-year-old truck spans two generations and two build styles: both body-on-frame and unibody. With 3.0 percent of models making it to 200,000 miles, the Ridgeline comes in at eighth.
9.2020 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty
GMC has just lately released the 2020 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty lineup, and it’s impressive. Buyers can choose between a large 6.6-liter gas V8 or a 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8 engine. Diesel engines are paired with an Allison 10-speed automatic transmission for extra capability. With the Duramax, the new GMC Heavy Duty will tow up to 35,500 pounds, which is far more than what most states will allow on a regular driver’s license.
GMC also includes a host of advanced tech features on the new Sierra Heavy Duty, including a new ProGrade trailering camera system and the MultiPro six-function tailgate. GMC’s warranty coverage is three years or 36,000 miles bumper-to-bumper, and up to five years or 60,000 miles on the drivetrain.
G.M. likes to share a lot of their vehicle’s hardware irrespective of what name they fall under. The Sierra and Silverado share a lot of similar features, especially in terms of the hardware.
It isn’t a bad decision by Gm because the Sierra has a fully-boxed frame, with main rails, and some of the body is made of high-strength steel.
Its base is augmented with Duralife brake rotors, and if you are getting a new model, you can purchase the truck with upgrade rear axles and 2-stage semi-elliptical multi-leaf springs. Under load, this van performs well. This van is also good for off-roading.
The third workhorse truck to make a list is the Sierra 2500HD. Unlike its Silverado Cousin, it has dropped one spot to #6 with only 4.6%. This does continue to tell us that heavy-duty work trucks are built to a higher standard in order to maintain their long-lasting appeal to the workforce. It makes the GMC Sierra 2500HD one of the longest-lasting pickup trucks you can have in your arsenal.
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10.2019 Ford Ranger
Ford brought back the Ranger mid-size pickup for 2019, offering just one engine option. The 2019 Ford Ranger engine is an EcoBoost 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The benefit of the EcoBoost engine really shows up in the fuel economy ratings, but it’s unclear if this will translate into a longer-lasting truck.
According to EPA estimates, 4X2 Rangers will return 21 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, with 23 mpg in combined driving. 4X4 Rangers will achieve 20 mpg city and 24 mpg highway, with a combined rating of 22 mpg. Ford sells the Ranger with a three-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, plus a five-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Heavy-duty models from Ford, Chevrolet and GMC were the highest-ranking pickup trucks, with full-size SUVs from Toyota, Ford, and Chevy, also placing among the top models. Six percent of Ford F-250 Super Duty pickups – the top-performing model among all used vehicles – were found to still be on the road after running for more than 200,000 miles. Six of the top 10 models on the list are from General Motors, and two each are built by Ford and Toyota. Neither Nissan nor FCA placed any trucks among the top-ranked vehicles.
According to iSeeCars.com CEO Phong Ly, big trucks and SUVs top the longest-lasting list because they’re primarily used as work trucks, and while they’re driven hard and usually rack up third more miles than the typical family ride, they also tend to be more meticulously maintained. “Manufacturers build trucks with these demands in mind and stake their reputations on how long their trucks will last. Longevity is even a major focus of their marketing campaigns,” says Ly. “Similarly, the largest SUVs, such as Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL, are also often used for business purposes, such as in the livery industry,”
The fine print: iSeeCars.com studied more than 12 million cars sold last year that were originally from model years 1981 through 2016. Models that were not in production as of the 2015 model year were excluded from further analysis, as were models with fewer than 10,000 cars sold. For each model, the number of cars with at least 200,000 miles was expressed as a percentage of the total number of cars sold.
The iSeeCars.com study also identified the longest-lasting green, luxury and sports cars and the brands most-likely to reach 200,000 miles overall.
An automotive data and research company, the iSeeCars website, analyzed last year’s sales of more than 13.8 million used cars, model years 1981 through 2017. Models not in production as of the 2018 model year, heavy-duty vehicles and low-volume models were excluded from the analysis.