25 Cars that Last 250,000 Miles
When buying a new or used car, most buyers are concerned with a few factors: price, appearance and reliability. Today’s consumer wants a car that will last, because repairs can be costly and replacing a car completely isn’t possible for many budgets. You may purchase a car this year, and expect to have it for at least 10 years, if not longer. How will you know your car or truck can go the distance? You will need to look at the most reliable cars on the market, and those that can get you to 250,000 miles should be the first on your radar. We’ve made a list of vehicles from a variety of manufacturers and styles that regularly make it to 250,000 miles or more.
1. Subaru Forester
Subaru first released the Forester in 1997, and it’s been one of the most reliable offerings of the company. The model consistently lands on the “best of” lists in the car industry, and there’s no question why especially with its high-quality 4-wheel drive system. With a Subaru Forester, you get reliability and comfort in one sleek package. Foresters are known for their ability to keep running long after 200,000 with proper maintenance, even going past 300,000.
2. VW Passat
Talk to any owner of a VW Passat or search online, and you’ll see how reliable these cars after the first 100k or 200k miles especially with a diesel engine. Take good care of the engine and the rest of the vehicle, and you can enjoy well over 100,000 miles. The benefit to owning a VW Passat is that they’re surprisingly affordable, and built to last; this lets you get a fair resale price even after the car is several years old.
3. Lexus RX 350/450h ￼
The Lexus RX 350/450h is a mid-size luxury SUV that attracts fans who want a high-end vehicle with all of the bells and whistles yet with good reliability. With the RX 350/450h, it’s a mix of substance meets elegance for their owners, who can clock 200,000 miles easily with good maintenance.
4. Toyota Camry
Long related as one of the most reliable and affordable cars in its class, the Camry first entered the market in 1982. Camry is currently in its 8th generation with no signs of stopping, selling well not only in the United States but also overseas. Toyota has a reputation for consistent reliability, especially with the Camry. The company even featured some of their highest mileage earners on their social media pages, with one Camry owner racking up over 500k. How’s that for reliable?
5. Toyota Prius
Rated one of the top 10 most reliable cars by Forbes, the Toyota Prius is an eco-friendly car that will go the distance. The hybrid engine plays a major part of this, but the battery pack is rated for 150,000 miles in the United States, so even if you have to replace it, you’re still getting plenty of bang for your buck in a Prius. One notable Prius owner has made headlines with his taxi Prius that has over 600,000 miles.
6. Audi Allroad
The Audi Allroad is a family-friendly vehicle that gets you the feel of a sedan with the sleek stylings of a luxury car manufacturer. With a high-reliability rating from Consumer Reports and the similar performance of the VW Passat, it’s another car that should get you to 250,000 miles with no problem if you perform regular maintenance.
7. Mazda 6
The Mazda is a sporty car that’s favored by families and street racers alike. The nearly instant pick up of the Mazda makes its fun to drive, while the durability of the car means it can tackle 100,000 miles and beyond without missing a beat. It’s a rare package to find, which is why you’ll see many Mazda 6 models on the road. What’s better than a sporty car that can go the distance?
8. Toyota Sienna
Minivans have long been associated with durability for the family consumer, made to last through the years of vacations, school drop-offs and hauling assorted gear. Minivans are a popular category but one standout for reliability is the Toyota Sienna. Like the other Toyota cars on this list, the Sienna was made to be comfortable and dependable. Maintain it well, and your Sienna should hit 250,000 miles or more with its 4WD system.
9. Toyota Corolla
Toyota makes yet another appearance on the list of reliable cars that can go 250,000 miles or more, this time with the Corolla. The Corolla first emerged on the market in 1966 and has been one of the best-selling cars ever since. Over the years the Corolla has been redesigned for aerodynamics, and recent models have a high focus on fuel efficiency. Even the older models from the 1980’s have been known to be some of the most resilient on the road, and many Corolla owners say “my Corolla just refuses to die.”
10. Honda Odyssey
Another minivan that holds up to thousands of miles is the Honda Odyssey, appropriately named after incredibly long voyages. Consumer Reports, Forbes, and car industry experts agree that the Honda Odyssey minivan can be a reliable vehicle for 200,000 miles and beyond. The minivan received a redesign in 2005 with an increase in engine power and then in 2014, the transmission was up to 6-speed. Improvements in the overall outer design of the car too every few years has helped many owners get plenty of mileage out of their vehicles thanks to a durable engine and resilient mechanics.
11. Honda Pilot
Honda just makes a good reliable vehicle, and you can even say that about their luxury SUV, the Honda Pilot. The Honda Pilot has been known to need very little of the original car replaced even after as it ticks up past 200,000. At the most, it’s common for Pilot owners to replace the timing belt or other mechanical parts that need to be replaced after so much wear and tear.
12. Honda CR-V
Crossovers are typically reliable vehicles for the long haul, but the Honda CR-V is a standout. Since it came on the market in 1996, the CR-V has been steadily increasing in popularity for years, especially since 2010. With each new version, Honda tries to increase the luxury factor of the CR-V with Bluetooth connection, rear camera technology, and the 2.4 cylinder engine that delivers 185 hp, plus improvements on the all-wheel-drive system. All of this makes for a pretty maneuverable and reliable car that gets 200,000 miles or more.
13. Toyota Highlander
The Toyota Highlander has been a consistent bestseller by Toyota for years, and even as it’s gone through design changes, the fact remains this is a reliable car. You can now get a hybrid version of this beloved vehicle, but even the older 3.5 V6 engines will give you effortless reliability. Highlander owners just advise you perform regular maintenance and your car should last.
14. Honda Civic
The Honda Civic is a compact that packs speed, reliability and good handling in one great little car. Not only do you get good fuel efficiency, especially with newer models or the hybrid, but you also enjoy a car that will keep up with all of the miles you put on it. The Honda name is synonymous with reliability, and that’s what you get with the Civic. Take good care of it with regular maintenance, and you should have no problem getting to 250,000 miles. It may look like a standard compact, but many Civic owners are devoted and you can see all kinds of custom vehicles.
15. Toyota 4Runner
An off-roading favorite, the Toyota 4Runner placed at #3 in iSeeCars.com study conducted in 2016 for long-lasting vehicles. The study showed that 5.2 percent surveyed had 4Runners with over 200,000 miles. Not only will this vehicle take you off the beaten path, but it will cross the country with ease. More recent generations of have resulted in continued improvements of its engine to 4-liter V6.
16. Ford F-150
The Ford F-150 has been a reliable truck for years, and a favorite among working people. Well-suited for farms, ranches, and service providers, the F-150 has been the bestselling vehicle for over 40 years. If you need to haul stuff, carry lumber, or do any other task, this truck is up to the job, even after 100,000 miles. For an F-150 to read 250,000 miles or more isn’t rare, it’s expected by vehicle owners.
17. Ford F-250 Super Duty
Just like the F-150, the F-250 Super Duty is a popular truck that was designed for heavy repeated use. Whether you’re traveling across country or towing trailers, this truck is made to bear it all. Ford expects their truck buyers to get thousands of miles out of a vehicle, and this is no exception. It was engineered to withstand plenty, and you can expect it to keep going and going.
18. Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
A competent contender for the Ford F-250 Super Duty, the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD is another truck made it to perform for 200,000 miles and beyond. One owner actually reached 1 million — yes 1 million — miles in his Silverado in 2008, and it was chronicled on NPR. Even if your truck doesn’t hit 1 million, you can expect to get more 200,000 miles in your Silverado. The vehicle has been designed for extreme ruggedness and reliability.
19. GMC Sierra 2500HD
Another familiar choice among truck buyers is the GMC Sierra 2500HD. General Motors Company has included some high-mileage Sierra owners in their marketing campaigns to show how durable these vehicles are built. Solid with long-lasting mechanics, the Sierra 2500HD is a heavy-duty truck that’s in for the long, long haul.
20. Mercedes Benz W123
You may be surprised to see a Mercedes on this list, but these luxury vehicles are just as durable as they are stylish. Some Mercedes models from the 1980’s have been known to go into the million mark, but the W123 is a great reliable car even now, giving you miles upon miles without trouble. Mercedes will give you a special badge for your vehicle’s grille once a dealer has authenticated your milestone.
21. Mercedes Benz E Class W124
What did we say about Mercedes Benz? The E Class W124 is an upgraded version of the W123 and designed to last for over 200,000 miles. They don’t make this particular model anymore, but you can expect even a used one to have a durable engine for 250,000 miles or more.
22. Toyota Land Cruiser
For true off-roading in the Outback, the Toyota Land Cruiser is a must-have. The truck has been one of the bestselling body-on-frame 4-wheel drive vehicles for years. Australia first fell in love with the Land Cruiser in the 1950’s and hasn’t waned in its love of the off-road vehicle either. The 4.2-liter diesel engines make it a good choice for outback adventurers, UN workers, and other groups that seek adventure. Venture hard and the Land Cruiser will keep up with you 250,000 miles or more.
23. Nissan Patrol
A Nissan model makes its first appearance on our list. The Patrol is a durable SUV capable of crossing a variety of terrain with ease. While other SUVs that can go 250,000 miles or more may catch your eye, be sure you consider the near-indestructible beast that is the Patrol.
24. Ford Crown Victoria
The Ford Crown Victoria has been a popular vehicle for United States police officers for years, and there was even a model designed specifically for law enforcement. Ford doesn’t manufacture the Crown Victoria any longer, but that’s not a problem: there’s plenty around due to their long-lasting nature. Once these vehicles are removed from a law enforcement fleet, they’re transformed into taxis. As durable workhorses, you can easily get 250,000 or more out of a Crown Victoria.
25. Lincoln Town Car
Like the Ford Crown Victoria, the Lincoln Town Car isn’t made any longer, but it’s still on the road. The Town Car has a reputation for its durability and high mileage earning. It’s also a luxurious and sleek car that packs a 4.6 liter engine for impressive power. When it was made, it was one of the bestselling vehicles for chauffeuring in Canada and the United States.