A recent study conducted by market research firm iSeeCars indicates the Chevy Suburban is one of the longest-lasting nameplates around, with many examples of the full-size SUV surpassing 200,000 miles driven.
iSeeCars recently published its Top 15 Longest-Lasting Cars ranking, which is based on the percentage of registered vehicles of a particular nameplate that have surpassed the 200,000-mile mark. . The study found that 6.6 percent of all Chevy Suburban models registered in the U.S. today have 200,00 miles or more – making it the third longest-lasting vehicle, based on this metric. The Toyota Land Cruiser was first, with 18.2 percent of vehicles reaching at least 200,000 miles driven, followed by the Toyota Sequoia at 14.2 percent.
Not surprisingly, the GMC Yukon XL, which is essentially a rebadged version of the Suburban, was right behind it in fourth, with 5.5 percent of Yukon XLs hitting 200,000 miles or more. The Chevy Tahoe, of which the Chevy Suburban is an extended wheelbase version, was also among the top ten longest-lasting vehicles at 4.4 percent. The GMC Yukon was twelfth overall at 3.7 percent.
While iSeeCars did not say why fewer GMC Yukon and Yukon XL models hit 200,000 miles than Chevy Suburban and Tahoe models, it could be due to the fact that they are more likely to have added luxury features, which could increase repair costs later in the vehicle’s life span and make it more likely owners will replace the vehicle instead of repairing it. This may also be why the Cadillac Escalade is absent from the top 15.
iSeeCars analyst Karl Brauer was not surprised to see GM’s four full-size SUVs perform well with regard to longevity and reliability.
“All manufactured by General Motors, the Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL, and Chevrolet Tahoe share a platform and many common parts, confirming why these popular family vehicles are all likely to last 200,000 miles,” said Brauer.
Brauer had high praise for the Toyota Land Cruiser and Sequioa, as well, which could be described as rivals to GM’s own full-size SUVs.
“The iconic and indestructible Toyota Land Cruiser is engineered to last at least 25 years, even under the harshest of driving conditions, as it is relied upon in many developing countries where off-road driving is the norm,” said Brauer. “And like the Land Cruiser, the truck-based Toyota Sequoia has the durability of a pickup chassis with three full rows of seating for up to eight passengers, making it a capable family hauler that endures demanding use while towing heavy loads.”