You have plenty to worry about without stressing over your vehicle. You need something that lasts forever like diamonds or fruitcake. So what should you drive? Here are the top five longest-lasting cars we’ve found.
It’s not flashy or sexy, but the Honda Accord won’t stop. It’s been named to the Car and Driver 10 Best list a record 30 times. Honda has sold over 12 million Accords since its debut in 1976. Success brings innovation. Honda engineers continue to improve the bullet-proof powertrains for their bread-and-butter mobile. They know which car writes their checks.
The Accord’s little brother the Civic is also a reliable choice, but it’s more likely to be modified and driven hard.
The Camry is another sober Japanese choice that will never let you down. How do you compete with the Honda Accord? Build a solid sedan that’s just as reliable. Toyota did a lot with this platform too, so you have choices. If you want more luxury, choose one of the Lexus ES or RX models, which share the Camry’s roots. The Avalon is essentially a stretched Camry and the Solara is a sleek coupe version.
Regardless, you’ll get a steady ride well known for going 300,000 or more miles.
Jalopnik published a list of vehicles most likely to reach 200,000 miles. The top seven were all full-size SUVs. The Expedition topped the list, making up 5.7% of the members of the 200k club on the road today. Why? Many of them are work trucks owned by companies that drive them all day but respect them and perform regular maintenance.
Do you drive it hard if it’s the boss’s rig? No. Do you make sure the fluids get changed on time? Of course. So if you’re looking for a reliable gear and people hauler, look for one previously owned by a responsible company.
Old Police Cars
Also near the top of Jalopnik’s 200k list were the Ford Taurus and Chevrolet Impala. Both are extensively featured in police fleets. The cops don’t have time for a breakdown in the middle of a high-speed chase. Neither do you. Like the SUVs above, the police take good care of their vehicles, too. The venerable Ford Crown Victoria also deserves a nod here.
Along with dependability, you might also get a spotlight next to your side mirror.
Famously called “boxy but good” by Dudley Moore in Crazy People, Volvo built its reputation from the sixties to the nineties for safety and durability. A good Swedish car must never leave you stranded in the snow and can survive an impact with a moose.
Most famous for longevity is Irv Gordon’s 1966 P1800, which holds the world record with over 3 million miles. Gordon credits his mileage to timely maintenance and gentle driving.
So you want your car to last a long time? The right machine is only half of the equation. Taking good care of your vehicle and driving sensibly is the other half.