Chevrolet, GMC Among Longest-Lasting Vehicle Brands, Study Indicates17
Vehicle buying and research site iSeeCars.com recently analyzed over 15.8 million vehicles to determine which brands and vehicles most commonly reach the 200,000-mile mark.
Although no General Motors vehicle topped its segment in the study, Chevrolet and GMC were both found to be among the longest-lasting car brands. GMC ranked third in the study, with 1.4% of all GMC vehicles reaching 200k miles or more, according to iSeeCars. Chevrolet was classified fourth, though it was tied with GMC, with 1.4% of Bow Tie-badged products also reaching the 200k mile marker. Toyota was first overall with 1.8% of its vehicles reaching 200k miles, while Honda was second at 1.6%.
The industry-wide average for a brand was 1.0%, so both Chevrolet and GMC are performing above the industry average when it comes to vehicle longevity. Cadillac and Buick did not appear in the top 20, meaning less than 0.1% of Cadillacs and Buicks turn over to 200k miles.
Phong Ly, CEO of iSeeCars, was not surprised to see Japanese brands dominate the study and also expected American brands to perform well due to their rock-solid trucks and SUVs.
“Given the track record for reliability among Toyotas and Hondas, it’s no surprise that they earn the top two spots on the list,” said Ly. “The majority of the longest-lasting SUVs and pickups are American vehicles, which helps contribute to their above-average ranking on this list.”
The longest-lasting truck was not a Chevrolet, GMC or even a Ford, however. A whopping 3.0% of all Honda Ridgeline pickups reach 200k miles, making it the longest-lasting pickup according to iSeeCars‘ study. The Toyota Tundra was second at 2.9%, followed by the Toyota Tacoma in third at 2.5%. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 finally appears in fourth in the ranking, with 2.0% of the Chevy trucks reaching 200k miles. The Chevrolet Suburban also fared well for its segment, with 4.9% reaching 200k miles – placing it fourth overall among full-size SUVs.
The longest-lasting vehicle overall, according to iSeeCars, is the Toyota Land Cruiser. The site found that 15.7% of Land Cruisers sold will reach 200k miles or more – an unsurprising result given the SUV’s tried and true durability.
View the entire iSeeCars study at this link.
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GMC and Chevy have made some truly horrible junk from 2000-2008 like the Malibu, Envoy and Trailblazer. All were utter pieces of trash with the interior falling apart in 5000 miles, and constant problems thereafter.
The toyos and Hondas cant haul any weight and are usually not involved in any work ie, construction or industry. I have 15 GMC trucks hauling seafood and we have had 100% reach 200k and 100% reach 500K . We even have a few with 600-900K. Had an 1989 Chevrolet hit 1,000,00 )There is no way a Toyota or Honda would hold up under these conditions. The GM motors are indestructible, the transmissions last 200-700K miles. The only way any have been taken out of service in 24 years is due to wrecks or obsolescence. The motors are 6.0/5.3 and big block 502 all gas . These trucks have given me a definite advantage over my competitors! We just recently purchased a new 6500 Series with Dura max–keeping my fingers crossed
I believe any of these vehicles are capable of reaching 200,000 miles if you were inclined to put up with it for that long and took care of it as recommended.
I have a 2009 Cadillac Escalade EXT with 206,000 km on it and it is still going strong. I recently towed a 28 ft. travel trailer from Calgary, AB through the Yukon and Alaska and no problems. The engine and transmission still going strong. Best ride ever. I have had many offers to buy it however it’s not for sale.
I don’t see the big deal. I have always gotten over 200,000 miles on a vehicle including the ’72 Suburban I own. Original motor too!
I agree. I don’t start thinking about replacing my truck until 250,000 miles. Just cost to much money to replace at a greater frequency. I find the 1% figure surprisingly low based on the number of GM, Ford, and ram trucks that are 10 years old or older that I see on the road.
In the rust belt if they develop a costly repair and they are rusty they are parts
I believe products like Buick and Cadillac are driven buy a different dimagraffi and don’t have high mileage in short time frames like more meat and potato types like Honda Toyota and Chevrolet brands driven by younger people
@Jeff: Exactly. But in my years of selling Buick’s and driving many myself (still do), I’ve seen a lot of Buick’s with well over 200K. I’d love to read about the total number of miles that old 3800 V6 alone has done!
I’d like to make a point from this article that may be missed overall. Take the Honda Ridgeline. I’m going to bet on this one that the true reason for this is because of the slightly better MPG’s it will get but is still a “truck”. For people who may have a need for a “light-duty” type truck and they put on tons of miles, then the Ridgeline makes sense. It’s a front-drive based trucklet and if driven nice will get descent fuel economy. All the more reason for GM, Ford and Ram to up their game in the small truck department. Not the mid-sized like the Ranger and Colorado. Small sized and maybe even make it a front drive.
A Ridgeline slows down to 50 pulling a fishing boat up a little Hill
I think the article is a hoax. I had over 250k on my GMC Van. Then i put 360k on a Suburban which I still have and now have 140k on a new Yukon Denali. I wont get rid of the Suburban or the Yukon till they reach at least 500k. My Suburban can sit for a month and starts as fast as when it was new. Runs better now than when it was new and I beat the tar out of that thing. One of the best vehicles I’ve ever owned.
Yep — GM builds good stuff these days.. I have put over 250,000 miles on 2 different Astro vans and am now driving a 2003 Tahoe with over 400,000 miles. Only normal wear and tear stuff like water pumps, etc.
Great Cars and trucks.. Just change the oil and keep driving…..
toyota is an old history thats all what it is ,,, chevy is the true winner and should be in first pleace
This article is garbage. Toyota’s numbers have been easier to track because of the ability or local skill to work on them. No independent mechanic in my area wanted to work on one so they all went to the Toyota garage where the mileage could be tracked. Whereas the GM, Ford and Chrysler built products everyone could work on so they never made it back to the dealers garage for the mileage to be logged. Also, back in the 80’s and 90’s the Toyota garage charged less per shop hour than did the big three so the Toyota’s went to to the dealer where my Chevy went to my garage for time up or repair. No factory received my mileage as did the Toyota’s. It all depends on who’s writing the story.
I’m Currently pushing Astro with 326000
I’m Currently pushing Astro with 326000
Also the Astro I have came with the owner’s manual where the mileage and repairs were logged