Just about any car worth the rubber it rides on will make it to 200,000 miles- if you’re willing to spend some money on maintenance. But we would like to do better than that. We would like to narrow the selection down to cars that are likely to make it to the 200,000-mile mark with the least amount of extraneous maintenance. So with the exception of oil changes, and maybe a light tune-up, here are 6 vehicles that have an excellent, if not the best, chance of going the distance.
A very popular line of cars, the Civic is famously reliable and easy to maintain- for a foreign car. The 2.0-liter engine goes easy on the gas, which lends itself to reliability. The Civic also comes with a long list of options for those of us who just can’t stand to drive away with a stock model.
A lot of people might be surprised to see a Ford on this list. However, this legacy automaker has made a lot of changes to its manufacturing process that has brought their level of quality way up. They have also become a leader in improved fuel economy vehicles, and the F-150 is one of the most fuel-efficient full-sized trucks on the market.
When you’re looking for a sensible option for family driving needs, you cannot do better than the Toyota Sienna. It features responsive 3.5 liter V6 and an 8-speed automatic transmission. It isn’t as smooth as the previous Sienna, but the gas mileage is slightly improved- a fact that might help to push you up to the 200,000-mile line.
The Suburban has always been sturdy and reliable line of large utility, family vehicles. In its class, the newer Suburbans are dominant both in terms of popularity and resale value. Admirers of the series will appreciate the enhanced ride quality and luxury over more utilitarian earlier models.
Another stand out in the heavy sport utility class, the newest GMC Yukon is a safe bet if you’re aiming for reliability. Its mechanics give it a slightly lowered probability of making a clean jaunt to the 200,000-mile mark compared to the others on our list. But you have to expect to sacrifice some reliability in vehicles with off-road capabilities.
There’s a reason the Camry is the most popular, and the most stolen, vehicle in America- they’re reliable. The fact is, we could have populated this entire list with Toyotas. But the 2018 Camry, with 32 mpg and respectable 3.5 liter V6, is a safe bet when reliability and functionality are your top priorities.