As far as discussions about vehicle longevity go, it’s hard not to include the Chevy Suburban. Currently in its twelfth generation, this full-size, body-on-frame SUV has been roaming American streets since 1935. Now, the Suburban has been ranked as one of the longest-lasting vehicles available.
In a study performed by iSeeCars, the Chevy Suburban ranks third on the list of 20 cars with the greatest lifespan, with a potential mileage of 265,732 miles or more. In fact, the only vehicles with higher potential longevity were two Toyotas, with the Toyota Sequoia ranking at the top with a potential mileage of almost 300,000 miles.
To collect the data used in this study, iSeeCars studied more than two million vehicles sold for at least 10 years in the past 20 model years, and then ranked each model by its highest mileage-achieving example. All vehicles that were ranked had at least two percent of units surpass 200,000 miles, while the top one percent of these vehicles drove between 230,000 and just under 300,000 miles over the past two decades.
“What we see is a list of highly-durable vehicles, capable of more than a quarter-million miles of use if properly maintained,” said Karl Brauer, iSeeCars Executive Analyst. “And to be clear, this study isn’t reporting the maximum lifespan of these vehicles. This is simply a measure of current odometer readings. Most of these cars are still in use and going strong.”
As for the foundation of this dependable SUV, the current 2023 Chevy Suburban is available with three powerplant options. These engines include the atmospheric 5.3L V8 L84 producing 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, the atmospheric 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline engine developing 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, and the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax engine, which churns out 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.