It’s difficult to get a clear picture of just how reliable a vehicle is when its compared to others. When you spend thousands of dollars on something like a car, you want to know its longevity. While there are countless industry awards for dependability automakers love parade during commercials, the average consumer knows little of the criteria deciding which make and model is more reliable than others. That’s where a new study from iSeeCars.com comes into play, which looks at vehicles that have reached 200,000 miles or more on the odometer. And GM has four vehicles that made the top ten—the Chevrolet Suburban and Chevrolet Tahoe, as well as their GMC equivalents: the Yukon and Yukon XL.
The study analyzed 13.8 million pre-owned vehicles sold in 2018, from model years 1981 through 2018, that have 200,000 miles or more racked up on the odometer. The study determined the percentage of vehicles with 200,000 miles. While GM didn’t get top honors—that went to Toyota and its Sequoia SUV—it did have two vehicles in the top six. The Chevrolet Suburban took second place in the study with 5 percent of Suburbans sold in 2018 having 200,00 miles or more. The Tahoe took sixth with 3.8 percent of models sold in 2018 having 200,000 miles or more. The Sequoia had 7.5 percent of all models sold last year with at least 200,000 miles.
The study also looked at how these cars were grouped geographically, looking at the longest-lasting vehicle in the top 25 most populous cities. In Detroit, for example, the Suburban made up 7.5 percent of all cars with over 200,000 miles. Detroit was the only city where Chevrolet had a vehicle that was the top longest-lasting car.
Vehicle dependability is huge when buying a car. Next to a house, a vehicle is one of the most important and expensive purchases a person can make. It’s an investment even if its value depreciates by half when you stare at it for too long. What if you’re looking for a car that’ll last beyond 200,00 miles. Well, the study also looked at the percentage of vehicles with 200,000 miles that could reach 300,000 miles, and the pool is small. For example, only 0.2 percent of Chevy Suburbans will likely reach 300,000 miles.