There are a few different reasons why a car might stay on the road forever. When a model turns up on the list of most reliable vehicles every year, the automaker deserves a great deal of credit. The company created something that could stand the wear and tear of daily driving, regardless of climate or driver skill.
In some cases, owners have an attachment to the vehicle and will pay whatever it takes to keep it going. But it is not necessarily a good value to keep something just because it lasts. When you see work vehicles like pickup trucks or taxis ranking among the longest-lasting cars, you know the investment was probably worth it.
While 100,000 miles used to be a worthy goal for a vehicle, the bar has risen higher in recent years. Consumer Reports began publishing lists of cars most likely to hit 200,000 miles and keep on going even after reaching said goal. Search engines like iSeeCars have done the same, using results from actual cars that changed hands on the used market. Now, it’s time to look even higher.
Here are 20 cars that could take you to 300,000 miles and beyond. To compile the list, we included vehicles that had the highest percentage of cars lasting the longest, cars that have been the most reliable over the past decade, and cars that went on sale with the most miles. In some cases, vehicles met all three criteria.
1. Honda Civic
Sales figures are an obvious endorsement for the staying power of Honda Civic. Every year, the compact model places in the top 10 of all vehicles sold in America, and it made the list of longest-lasting among Consumer Reports subscribers in 2015, too. Finally, iSeeCars counted it among the cars that owners keep for 10 years or longer. It can hardly be a coincidence. If you want a safe bet for a compact car that could hit 300,000 miles, go with a Civic.
2. Subaru Legacy/Outback
If you look at owner satisfaction, dependability, and fuel economy, you’ll always find Subaru ranking among the best auto brands. Therefore, it was no surprise when we saw Legacy show up among cars lasting over 200,000 miles. The high-rated sedan, along with the Outback on which it is based, gives car owners a good chance at going to 300,000 miles and beyond. You’ll get your money’s worth with this one.
3. Toyota Tacoma
The new-for-2016 Tacoma didn’t get great reliability scores out of the gate, but this pickup had an incredible run earlier in this decade, and was a warrior in the early 2000s. When we conducted a search of used cars with more than 300,000 miles on them, the 2002 Tacoma was the most common result. As one of the most enduring models from the most reliable brand, used Tacomas are great bets to steam past your highest mileage goal.
4. Lexus CT 200h
There is no question about the durability of Toyota Prius, and Lexus buyers have access to the same platform in the CT 200h. Whatever you might compromise in engine power or handling, this car makes up for in fuel economy and overall dependability. Consumer Reports named it one of the most reliable cars of 2016 based on agency tests and consumer feedback. In short, it’s a good bet to go the distance — maybe as far as 300,000 miles.
5. Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Like Accord versus Camry, the annual battle between Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado 1500 is worth your attention. Both pickups are top sellers every year, and the automakers have a running battle to outperform the other on work sites. (Ford still has the edge.) If you look at trucks with a zillion miles on them, you’re going to find Silverado right there. These trucks are built to endure abuse and last forever, so there’s a good chance you can blow past 300,000 miles in one, as so many have in the past.