Do SUVs last longer than cars?

The SUV vehicle segment has become the most popular vehicle segment in America. Consumers have naturally turned to SUVs and crossovers in recent years. Do SUVs last longer than cars?

Do SUV models last longer than cars?

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According to, truck-based SUVs are some of the most durable vehicles ever produced. Some SUVs like the Toyota Land Cruiser and Toyota Sequoia last longer than most sedans and coupes. Only two car models are on iSeeCars’ list of most durable cars, SUVs and trucks. Both of these models happen to be Toyotas.

According to the study conducted by iSeeCars, the Toyota Land Cruiser accounted for 18% of all vehicles surveyed that lasted more than 200,000 miles. The Toyota Sequoia accounted for 14.2%.

The Toyota 4Runner and Highlander are also known to be incredibly reliable over time. Although there is no empirical evidence to prove that SUVs generally last longer than cars, most of the longest-lasting vehicles are SUVs built by Japanese automaker Toyota. The Toyota Avalon and the Toyota Prius are among the most durable vehicles.

If you’re looking for a reliable vehicle that can go over 200,000 miles, ranks the Toyota Land Cruiser, Toyota Sequoia, Chevrolet Suburban, and Ford Expedition among the most reliable SUVs. Consumers can save thousands by buying used models.

How many miles can SUVs last?

The Toyota 4Runner | Toyota

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A reliable, well-maintained new SUV should last 200,000 miles. That equates to about 14.8 years based on the average annual battery life in America. Another study by claims that consumers only keep their new vehicles for an average of 8.4 years.

According to this study, most consumers do not keep the same vehicle for its entire life. With high mileage comes more maintenance and higher maintenance costs. The most reliable SUV models can last over 200,000 miles, but the average consumer simply won’t keep the same vehicle that long.

SUVs seem to be more reliable than cars, but there are anomalies in the motor vehicle category. There are Honda Civic models that have easily lasted over 200,000 miles with routine maintenance. The Drive shone the spotlight on a 2011 Honda Civic model that has clocked up 500,000 miles.

What is considered high mileage for an SUV?

A red Toyota Sequoia SUV.

The Toyota Sequoia | Toyota

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The general consensus in the automotive world is that mileage over 100,000 is where things can start to get tricky for a vehicle. Think of a vehicle’s lifespan as you would think of a human’s lifespan. Halfway through, components may require more maintenance than before. Instead of higher medical bills and more frequent doctor visits, SUVs get higher repair bills and more store visits.

High mileage depends on the specific SUV, but these vehicles quickly begin to lose value as they rack up mileage. Vehicles with over 100,000 miles can be great bargains, especially through private sales. That being said, SUVs with such high mileage can require major work if not properly maintained.

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