It’s an inconvenient truth that cars don’t last forever. Having spent all that money and driven your new car off the dealership lot, you know that it’s doomed. Over time, our vehicles will inevitably have its parts worn down, and take on various damages which push it closer to the end of its useful life. Unfortunately, you’ll never be able to buy a car that’s going to last forever. However, you can still stretch out the life of your next car by buying the right model. In this post, we’ll list some cars which have been known to last for thousands of miles on the road. While yours might not make it to 200,000, getting one of these reliable machines will certainly up your chances!
Out of all the vehicles on this list, the Nissan Quest is probably the least well-known. It’s never really been a household name, and some people I know who absolutely adore Nissan haven’t even heard of it. More than 10,000 of these rugged MPVs changed hands through used dealerships in 2015, and they remain a fairly popular choice. In all those Quests which were traded last year, a small proportion had over 200,000 miles on their odometer. While they’re certainly not the most luxurious used cars currently on the market, they’re extremely tough and dependable, and will give you years of trouble-free use.
If you’ve never heard of the Impala, then I can only assume you’ve started your passion for cars long before you’re legally able to drive! The Impala has had a rich and intriguing history. The debuted to a very receptive market in the 50s, had a line of truly gorgeous coupes in the 60s and then some frankly revolting eyesores in the 80s. Over the past 20 years, a lot of the Impala models have been decent machines, but overall fairly forgettable. Having said that, they’ve also ranked among the most long-lasting passenger vehicles in the world. Around 1.3% have slugged their way past that 200,000-mile mark, a lot of them as part of rental fleets. If you can get your hands on one, you certainly won’t be returning to the dealership any time soon!
Subaru drivers can be fiercely loyal to the brand. I’ve met people who hang onto their cars for decade after decade, splashing out on expensive maintenance just because they know other cars can’t measure up. This strangely devout Subaru fan base leads me to wonder how many people have made it past 200,000 miles in the same car. This is something we may never find out, but there’s solid evidence to show that Subaru can produce some seriously long-lasting cars. A large proportion of the long-lasting cars sold at various dealerships were legacies, some of which had clocked well over 200,00 miles. This sleek saloon was at its peak in popularity around 2004, so it’s safe to assume that most of the Legacies you’ll find at used dealerships are just over 10 years old.
It’s no secret that Japanese cars have a knack for being reliable, and the rest of this list is certainly going to attest to that! Toyota’s Sienna minivan has had something of a puzzling sales history in recent years. 2015 saw its best sales figures since its last peak in the mid noughties. Some people believe this is because the new generation of millennials are starting families and settling down. When you’ve got kids, you need a vehicle that’s going to be spacious and versatile. Furthermore, with the various financial challenges which come with a family means it’s important to have a vehicle that’s going to be economical and long-lasting. Siannas have all of that. Every now and then you’ll come across one that’s lasted past 200,000 miles. If you’re in the market for a Currie Motors Used Toyota, keep an eye out for this gem!
Despite originating from Japan, the Honda Civic has become something of a western icon. It’s among the most popular models that Honda has ever produced, and that’s saying something! Now in its tenth generation, there are a pretty incredible number of civics out there which have racked up over 200,000 miles, and all Civic variations have an excellent reputation for their low maintenance requirements. Many of these are older, four-door models, which make up most of the civic fleet. However, you’d probably be able to find a few nice coupes from the noughties scattered around used dealerships.
BMW 4 Series
You may have thought that buying a car for its reliability would mean that you’d have to sacrifice a certain degree of style and aesthetic beauty. If you get a BMW Series 4 Coupe, that certainly won’t be the case! For my money, BMW is one of the most reliable high-end German car manufacturers, and have put out vehicles which Mercedes and Audi can only dream of. The series 4 Coupe not only looks incredible, but is wonderful to drive, and its range of engines provides you with excellent performance and economy.
If you’re sick of all the saloons and hatchbacks on this list, then maybe a good SUV will be more up your alley. The NX was released as a competitive answer to the BMW X3 and Audi Q5, and really beat them at their own game. They not only offer a lot of practical features, but are easy to drive and give you all the major benefits of an SUV. The car is exceptionally reliable, with reports of breakdowns begin very rare and its exceptional build quality being praised by countless motor journals. the Lexus NX also looks a lot more attractive than many of its close rivals, such as the Range Rover Evoque. Although there’s no diesel option for this car and the experience of driving it isn’t the most exhilarating in the world, an NX will definitely serve you well.
Tesla Model S
Most people haven’t been paying the Tesla Model S all that much attention. However, in a few decades, people will be looking back on it as one of the revolutionary steps towards a world that’s full of electric cars. This is one of the few electric models which appears to hold style as a priority, has a great 300-mile range per charge, and has been creating a buzz with the nuances of its supercar performance. Despite the massive amount of techy features which fill up the car, the construction of the Model S’s electric motor is pretty simple. With few moving parts and an emphasis on reliability, these cars are expected to give their growing base of users years of trouble-free use.
The Subaru Forester is made up of a great estate body on an exceptionally tough four-wheel-drive chassis. Forester owners can also enjoy a significantly raised ride height, too. If you’re an enthusiast and take a Forester for a test drive, you may realise that this SUV feels a lot like others which have been released around the same time. However, it’s the Forester that pioneered this crossover design. While it’s not electrifying to use, you don’t have to be driving it for long over rough ground before you can tell that it’s built to last. The biggest downside of this massive SUV is that it uses a massive amount of fuel, and only gets 33 miles to a gallon. However, if you want a durable, practical and rugged car, then you could do worse than the Forester.