New Study Reveals The Most Dependable Cars Money Can Buy

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iSeeCars has looked into which vehicles are most likely to reach the 250,000-mile mark.

Every year, millions of buyers trawl the used car classifieds to find something reliable and durable. But not all cars are equal, and some will give up before you want them to. A handful, however, have been built to last forever. A recent study from iSeeCars has determined which vehicles are most likely to reach the 250,000-mile mark, and some of the entrants may surprise you.

Before we get into the results, it's best to understand the methodology behind the study. iSeeCars looked at 260 million vehicles sold between 2012 and 2022 and calculated the average odometer reading for each vehicle at each age. "A proprietary model based on these average mileages was developed to estimate the probability that each vehicle would survive to various mileage thresholds," the study reads.

Overall, the Ford F-350 Super Duty that's most likely to last the longest, with a 49.1% chance of reaching the magic 250,000-mile figure.

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The next three vehicles on the list come from Toyota, with the Land Cruiser (47.9%), Tundra (47.9%), and Sequoia (47.1%) all standing a solid chance of reaching 250,000 miles. The best-ranking passenger car is the Avalon, which finished in 11th position. The now-discontinued sedan has a 33.1% chance of reaching a quarter-million miles. The remaining vehicles in the top 23 are trucks or hail from Japan, which shows a strong trend.

"It's not surprising to see so many trucks, including heavy-duty trucks, on this list," said Karl Brauer of iSeeCars. "Trucks like the Ford F-Series Super Duty are work vehicles, often purchased by businesses to serve as a key resource driving a company's success. We've also seen models like the Toyota Land Cruiser and Sequoia consistently displaying a long potential lifespan when looking at the market data."

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Ford has been suffering from an array of quality issues and, last year, suffered more recalls than any other automaker. It's surprising to see two vehicles within the top 10. However, the brand is trying to get things back on track and has implemented stringent quality control methods with the latest Super Duty trucks. Hopefully, this extends to the rest of the lineup.

iSeeCars has also provided separate lists for passenger vehicles, trucks, and SUVs. Look closely, and you'll notice a lack of European and Korean cars. The only Euro models to make the list are the Volkswagen Golf (14.2%), Volkswagen Jetta (11.7%), and, surprisingly, the Audi A8 L (11.1%). Aside from the German luxury sedan, the only other premium vehicles to make the list are the Lexus GS 300 and the Acura MDX, RL, and TL models.

Other strong contenders include the GMC Sierra 2500HD (41.3%) and Chevy Silverado 2500HD (41.2%), along with the Toyota 4Runner (41.0%) and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (31.0%).

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