One of the important factors that most people consider when purchasing a car is reliability. Despite the fact that the mindset of modern consumers seems to be geared towards changing their cars regularly (say, every two to three years), many people still think of cars as investments, which need to last much longer than that. While it is true that finding a car that will last after hitting the mark at 250,000 miles is not very common, it is definitely not that difficult to find either. Some models across various market categories still deliver this sort of longevity to the people who choose to buy these cars. We have gathered a list of 50 cars, both new and classic ones, which will keep going even after hitting 250,000 miles.
Ever since the first Subaru Forester model came out, this car has become a hit. It not only comes with an amazing palette of engines, but its 4WD system is also regarded as the best among those that are available today. The turbocharged variants are remarkable, but the engines, which are naturally aspirated, are known to go further than 250,000 miles if regularly maintained.
The station wagon, which is a favorite in Europe, gained popularity because of its reliability and functionality. This is true for most VW Passat generations, and the latest one is not an exception. VW diesel engines are known to outlast all other things in the car, and the 1.8 Turbo engine, which is more recent, has shown to have almost the same level of durability.
RX350/450h is a Lexus that will go the distance. Both the hybrid and gas variants of the car are known for being reliable. In fact, the Lexus RX350/450h is thought to be one of the most reliable in its class. This has definitely expanded the customer base of the vehicle.
This Honda compact crossover has always been packed with really handy features and it also comes with a reliable engine. Case in point: the 2.4-liter four-cylinder which can be found in this car’s older models. The Honda CR-V has nothing flashy going for it, especially if you ask people who find the exterior design repulsive. However, nobody can call into question the fact that this car simply keeps on going well into six figures on the clock.
Lexus ES 350/450
Some may think that this Lexus is rather boring, with the average design it has and its mild performance, but what the ES 350/450 lacks in style it compensates for with its longevity. This car is simply well built. A significant testament to this is the fact that there are a lot of happy owners who still drive their cars well beyond the 200,000 mile mark.
If there is one car on this list that does not need any special introduction, the Toyota Camry is definitely it. For decades, this car has been considered to be among the most reliable you could ever buy, along with a number of other Toyota models. Currently, the Toyota Camry is most likely among the go-to cars of people who are looking for a reliable and durable vehicle. However, beyond that, this car doesn’t really have much more to offer.
When it comes to compact SUVs, the Toyota 4Runner is the kind that has some really extensive history of significant off-road use. This is why many 4×4 enthusiasts all over the world choose the 4Runner as one of their favorites. In addition to its off-road capabilities, this car also comes with engines that can handle that sort of abuse regularly, while still delivering the torque that is needed.
Lincoln Town Car
Lincoln Town Car is one model which shares the same platform as two others, including the Ford Crown Victoria. One thing you can expect about the Town Car is the fact that the specs it features are similar to those of the Crown Vic, but in a package that is more luxurious. The 4.6 litre V8 engine on the Town Car definitely deserves praise, especially since not much has changed during its career spanning 13 long years.
Nissan Titan XD
Whenever there is a conversation about the Cummins diesel engines, they are always praised for their ruggedness, durability and reliability. The Nissan Titan XD offers exactly those things under its hood. The standard engine is the 5.6L V8 petrol one, and it runs for more than thousands of miles. However, if you want to avoid any worries, then you should opt for the Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel instead.
Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
The rivalry between Chevy and Ford transpires the famous performance car segment. So far, Chevy has produced many trucks (which are the primary competitors of Ford’s F-series) and one of them is the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD. Currently, these two brands’ market share are tied and in the United States, both brands have created loyal followings. The Chevy Silverado 2500HD is quite a durable truck that can handle the abuse and carry on running. Very similar to the F-250 Super Duty, on the clock, these trucks can be found with six-figure mileage all over.
The Honda Odyssey has a really flexible 3.5 litre V6 engine and can get to the 200,000-mile mark with ease, serving its owner reliably. It is not only the engine that is wear resistant, but also the transmission. Basically, all the other parts of its mechanical system are up there too. Even if you are one of those people who don’t like the Odyssey’s design, you cannot argue that the Honda minivan is certainly a great choice when it comes to being a reliable ride that the whole family can enjoy.
The crossover SUV from Acura is among the most reliable in its class, a fact that is proven by many happy customers all over the globe. Since it has a 3.5L V6 engine with 279 horsepower, the powertrain in the Acura RDX is decent and doesn’t endure a lot of stress. If the car receives regular maintenance, it can easily go further than the 250,000 miles. The RDX has the standard 6-speed automatic transmission, which also helps in improving the car’s mileage.
When it comes to the market in North America, one car that is considered to be among the most reliable is the Chevrolet Impala. This is a car that is ready to suit your needs, even if that includes covering 250,000 miles or more during its lifespan. This sedan comes with the ECOTEC 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder engine as standard, but if you really want to make sure that you get the most out of the Chevrolet Impala, then you should opt for the standard engine choice of 3.6L DOHC V6 with 305 horsepower and a 6-speed automatic.
Corollas, especially the older ones circa 1989, are some of Japan’s most resilient cars ever. There are many instances when these small sedans have easily reached the 250,000-mile mark. It definitely helps that these cars have an amazing selection of engines that are all well-built. It does not matter if the car’s version is JDM, American, or European, the Toyota Corolla is basically built to last.
Luxurious SUV’s do not always mean reliable vehicles. The numerous examples out there are enough to prove that this is true. With that said, the Honda Pilot definitely does not belong to the said group. As a matter of fact, some first generation Pilots that are still out there have some pretty outrageous mileages. The SUV’s latest version promises to deliver the same reliability, but at this point, it’s too early to say.
The story of the Audi Allroad is quite similar to that of the VW Passat. The Audi A4’s crossover variant has shown to be rather resilient and quite capable of getting great mileage if it is regularly maintained. This applies to many of the engine choices.
Some people like Scions, while others hate them. It is not common to find someone who does not have an opinion about these cars. In spite of what you might think about this brand, the Scion xB has shown to be a car that is reliable. It simply keeps going, and if you go by the feedback of customers, these cars will reach the 250,000-mile mark with ease.
If the Yin is Toyota Land Cruiser, then the Yang is Nissan Patrol. These two vehicles, even though they are different, feature engines which are similar and seem to be quite indestructible. They also have impressive off-road capabilities, and overall, boast of great build quality. The Nissan Patrol isn’t your usual everyday SUV. They didn’t have soccer moms picking up their kids after school in mind when they designed this vehicle. They designed the Nissan Patrol to traverse the most hostile terrains you can find.
GMC Sierra 2500HD
GMC Sierra 2500HD is another popular choice for those who need a pickup truck that is capable of both transporting heavier loads and towing. Even though it might not be as well-known as the Ford or Chevy, the GMC Sierra trucks’ presence in the U.S. market has always been an established one. This is certainly a solid vehicle that has capable engines, definitely cut out for heavy-duty use.
Imagine something as reliable as a Camry but has the capability to make you grin whenever you step on the gas pedal. The Mazda 6 can probably be best described that way. It’s definitely a luxury sedan which offers formidable performance, and reliability to boot. That is something we don’t often see these days.
If you are looking for a solid package that has a great off-road capability and payload capacity, then the Toyota Tacoma is definitely worth considering. However, do keep in mind that it can’t quite match the capabilities, interior features, or overall performance of many of its competitors. The ruggedly handsome looks of the Tacoma and the available off-road gear it has almost redeem the so-so fuel economy and tight interior of the vehicle. The standard engine of choice is a 2.7L four-cylinder that makes 180 lb-ft of torque and it is paired with either a manual that is five-speed or an automatic that is six-speed; there is an optional 3.5-liter V-6 (265 lb-ft) that mates to either a six-speed manual or automatic. If it is properly equipped, as much as 6800 lb can be towed by the V-6. For serious adventurers, a heavy-duty suspension and appearance upgrades can be added by a TRD Pro trim.
Ford F-250 Super Duty
The F-250 Super Duty is a lot like the F-150 but the F-250 is larger and is a beast at towing. Heavy-duty use was definitely in mind when this car was designed and it shows in every component on this truck, from its frame to the lineup of engines which can handle the extra load day to day. From the start, these trucks were more or less required to have the ability to reach rather high mileage, so it’s not surprising that you will find a number of these trucks which have clocks showing over 250,000 miles.
Similar to many other Toyotas that are on this list, the full-size packaged Sequoia is a rugged and very reliable SUV. The 5.7L V8 engine that pairs with a 6-speed automatic on the Sequoia can survive even driving conditions that are really extreme or neglect. Therefore, if it is well-kept, it will easily reach and pass 250,000 miles. The Toyota Sequoia might not have great fuel consumption, but hey, it is still one full-size SUV.
Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD
One heavy-duty truck on the market that is really popular and trusted is the Silverado 3500HD. When it is equipped with the Duramax® 6.6-liter Turbo-Diesel V8, this truck can really bear all kinds of abuse and reach the 250,000-mile mark without trouble. The standard engine of choice of the Silverado 3500HD is a Vortec® 6.0L petrol V8, a powertrain which can go for miles – hundreds of thousands – like it’s nothing.
The Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla have a similar reputation. The Civics have been known for being fuel-efficient and reliable compact cars that will get you to the place you have to go. It was a no thrills sort of car and it still is to some extent. It gained a large following around the globe, especially in the U.S. owing to its customization potential and great engines. A Honda Civic is always a safe option whether you are buying it new or used.
The Ford F-150 is also known as America’s workhorse, and for good reason – it is extremely reliable. It’s no wonder that you can see these trucks in many ranches and all types of small businesses across the United States. This truck has been the default for generations because people can rely on it to get the job done, on a daily basis, for many years. Needless to say, an F-150 that is well-maintained can cover 250,000 miles like it’s nothing.
The quiet, practical cabin on the Chevrolet Equinox makes the vehicle a smart buy. However, with a well-tuned chassis, the vehicle is a desirable buy. There are three turbo fours to choose from: the 170-horsepower 1.5-liter and the 137-horsepower 1.6-liter diesel that are matched to a six-speed automatic, or the rather gutsy 252-horsepower 2.0-liter matched to a nine-speed. There is a standard 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen that has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but there is also an optional 8.0-inch screen. In addition, the are available active safety features like automated lane-keeping assist and emergency braking.
Despite the fact that it is not produced anymore, the Saab 9000 was a perfect example of just how great the Swedish automotive industry used to be at one point. It had Fiat’s Tipo Quattro platform, which three more Fiat models shared, and it featured a lineup of engines that were more than decent. This car wasn’t overly pretty, but it was definitely loyal to its owner.
Toyota Land Cruiser
Outside of the U.S., the Toyota Land Cruiser is considered to be an off-road vehicle that is among the best one can buy. It is built like a tank, has an outstanding AWD system, and comes with an engine that is almost immortal, especially the 4.2 litre diesel unit. For many Australians, this is their vehicle of choice. They drive it when they go into the bush or in various UN missions all over the world.
Even if it is already a favorite when it comes to hybrids, the Toyota Prius still gets a good mark regarding reliability. By now, there have been numerous times that the hybrid engine has proven its worth. It certainly makes the Prius nearly as good as a Camry, except for one slight problem. Even before the engine begins to fail, the battery pack will have to be replaced several times. Since it still costs a lot to buy battery packs, it somehow nullifies the engine’s reliability. Despite having said that, the Prius still deserves to be mentioned.
VW Golf 4 TDI
The 1.9 liter TDI engines that the Volkswagen Golf 4 came with are still arguably among the best engines ever made by VW. The turbocharged diesel units are pretty flexible, yet also robust. There are numerous Golfs with really high mileage on the clock but still run quite well, and they will most likely continue to do so in the foreseeable future.
As far as mini vans are concerned, Toyota’s Sienna is one of the most reliable options on the market. The Sienna is extremely well built and has an impressive 4WD system. Because it was specifically designed for long-distance travel, the Sienna is sort of expected to reach and pass high mileage marks. One would think that other minivans on the market would be able to do the same, but sadly, that isn’t the case.
During its lifetime, the Toyota Highlander had several design updates that made it larger and able to offer more space in the passenger cabin and several other additions. However, what remained the same was its reliability. The earlier models came with a 3.5 liter V6, a piece of machinery which has proven to be quite tough and can easily outlast a lot of its competitors when taken care of.
If you are prepared for its regular maintenance, then the Ford Taurus can easily reach the 250,000-mile mark. For optimal results, the engine of choice should be the 288 horsepower 3.5L V6 instead of the SHO’s 2.0-liter Ecoboost inline-four or 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6. The engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic, which will certainly help its durability.
The boxer engines of the Subaru are well-known for being able to endure extremely tough situations. Therefore, if you choose to purchase the Legacy sedan, you will have no worries passing 250,000 miles. Your rugged companion is a standard all-wheel-drive and comes with a 2.5L engine or a 3.6L matched to Lineartronic® CVT transmission.
A good car that would have a higher rank in its class if there weren’t a lot of other good compact cars on the market…is the Hyundai Elantra. It boasts a cabin that is spacious and well-built, and seats that are comfortable. It also has a lot of active safety features and available techs. Compared to many other competitors, the Elantra offers more space in the trunk. There is also another available style for this Hyundai – the Elantra GT with a hatchback body. The GT has a base engine that is more powerful and has considerably more cargo space. The 2018 Hyundai Elantra comes from a generation with predicted reliability ratings that are outstanding. All the vehicles have an average rating of three. The rating of the Elantra is great for any car, yet in its class, it is also among the highest.
In spite of the familiar outward appearance the new Wrangler is sporting, the team of designers and engineers did a thorough job when it comes to introducing modernity to the template. This resulted in the minor increase of the windshield’s rake, a measure which was taken with a lot of care in order to preserve the profile of the classic Jeep. Regardless of model or trim, a key aspect of the allure of the Jeep is the topless motoring. It has been this way since the time of the original Willys.
Ford Crown Victoria
It is probably the police cruiser that is the most recognizable in the world. It also happens to be a car that is among the most reliable out there. Ford Crown Vics with high six figures mileage are gradually being phased out, but when their law enforcement service is over, they’re usually repurposed into taxis. Finding a Crown Vic that has reached the 500,000 mile mark is not really uncommon, let alone the 250,000 mark.
Dodge Ram Cummins
Once Dodge and Cummins realized that both parties could benefit from working together, they created a truck which quickly became a certified top seller. Cummins engines that are in recent Dodge Ram models come in two variants – the 5.9L turbocharged inline 6 and the 6.7 liter newer version. Both these engines deliver serious performance, with an excessive amount of torque and really decent peak horsepower. In addition to their raw power, the said engines are also remarkably reliable.
Mercedes-Benz E Class W124
The Mercedes Benz W124 E Class introduced updated versions of legendary diesel engines found in W123. Needless to say, this Mercedes also lived to become one of their most reliable and durable models to date. With proper maintenance, hitting the 250,000 miles mark was nothing unusual, and these cars were known to go much further than that.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
As far as off-road experience is concerned, the Jeep Grand Cherokee pretty much beats all other mid-size SUVs. That said, being capable of carrying out a task is definitely different from being built for the purpose of mastering it. The 2016 Cherokee models were designed specifically for what the Jeep built its brand on. It comes with a 295-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 paired with an eight-speed automatic and a rear-drive as standard. There is also an option to choose between a 240-horsepower turbo-diesel V-6 or a 360-horsepower 5.7-liter V-8. The three setups of four-wheel drive each have varying capabilities. The Grand Cherokee has a tidy cabin which has touchscreen infotainment and even has optional Wi-Fi, making the SUV a nice place to be if you are fording rivers or just running errands.
Despite the Miata being a sports car, you will have no worries regarding the maximum mileage as long as your car is taken good care of. The reason for that is its very simple mechanics which are crowned with an engine of 2.0-liter Skyactiv inline-four. What it means for MX-5 owners is that they will only need to do regular maintenance on it – a relatively cheap expense compared to that of other sports cars out there.
A capable sedan that has a decent list of options and a spacious, comfortable cabin – this pretty much describes the Altima. The choices for the engine are a 182-hp 2.5L inline-four or a 270-hp 3.5L V-6, but both have a CVT. A little fun is infused by the SR through the addition of unique wheels, paddle shifters, and stiffer suspension tuning. A strong active-safety bundle is created by its forward emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. The Altima also includes blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, advanced safety features which cost extra or aren’t even available in a number of rival mid-size sedans.
BMW 5 Series E39
Produced between the years 1995 and 2004, the BMW 5 Series sedan’s E39 generation has not really aged well, but used to be one of the great German engineering examples. On the used cars market, it’s not unusual to find an E39 that has passed the 250,000 mile mark, and a well-maintained one can cover even much more. The inline six engines from BMW are known for their reliability and decent performance. The E39 5 Series isn’t an exception.
With its sheet metal handsomely styled and its aggressive front end, the Chevrolet Malibu is among the best options when it comes to family sedans. Its interior offers more legroom in the rear-seat than before, whereas the overall design and materials give the sedan an upscale look. A 160-hp turbo 1.5L four-cylinder is under the hood, while a 250-hp turbo 2.0L four is optional. The engines come with a six-speed automatic and a front-wheel drive. The Chevrolet Malibu is a favorite family sedan and it is a great car in itself. It is attractive, relatively light for the class it belongs to, and solidly built.
The Explorer is an SUV that is still a contender owing to its premium interior which seats seven, rather high-tech features, and pretty robust mechanics. It has a 290-hp V-6 and front-wheel drive as standard, but there is an optional all-wheel drive. Other powerplants include a 280-horsepower turbo four and a 365-horsepower twin-turbo V-6, which also comes with a Sport model that has a sport-tuned chassis and an all-wheel drive. The Explorer offers a solid ride with a quiet cabin, but it feels larger than it actually is.
This crossover from Toyota is a bestseller and at present, is at its fourth generation. Similar to the previous generations, the most recent one has also shown that it is quite reliable. Basically, that means the XA40 RAV4 also has the capability to go beyond 250,000 miles. This is especially true if you follow a schedule for regular maintenance and if it isn’t put through much hassle. There is a range of diesel and petrol engines to choose from. If durability is what you want, then the RAV4 that has automatic transmission should be your choice.
Back when Mercedes-Benz cars were not synonymous to expensive maintenance, a number of cars that are the most mechanically invincible and reliable were actually built by the German car manufacturer. In this aspect, the most notable is definitely the W123 platform, especially the diesel units. Mercedes even handed out badges and certificates once you reached certain mileage. The badge that you could get which was the most prestigious was for a million miles. That fact speaks a lot about these cars.
The Outback is a crossover-utility vehicle and it rides on a suspension that is slightly raised in order to have more ground clearance. However, in every other manner, it is a Subaru Legacy station wagon. This configuration has become so popular, that in the U.S, Subaru is offering just the Legacy wagon. The Outback might not be a vehicle that inspire a lot of thrills, but that is not its mission. The Outback will instead get the driver, his passengers, and his cargo wherever he wants to go, quietly and comfortably, across any terrain. All he needs to do is look out for bears when he ventures off the beaten path.
The modern full-size truck has turned into a luxury yacht on land, with advanced technology packed full in to it and with lightweight materials used for its construction. Even though it is a throwback to a simpler time, the Toyota Tundra still does conform to the size of today’s huge entries. If you are looking for something that comes in a capable package which is relatively affordable and spacious, then the Toyota Tundra is the truck for you. Just keep in mind that the latest style, features, and technology might be missing, although this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.