What car lasts the longest?

Which vehicle should I buy if I want the longest life out of it?

Adam answers:

There is no absolute answer to this, largely because the quality of automobiles in general has gotten so high. A few years ago, the consensus would have been to buy Japanese cars over all others if you wanted a long life span for your car. These days the answer is murkier.

That said, I looked at various dependability studies and came up with this list of cars known to have a long life in several categories. This list takes into account models that have existed for a while and have been shown to be dependable, thus predicting that these models will continue to have long lives. Models that didn’t exist  a few years ago obviously don’t make the list; vehicles that have been significantly redesigned in the recent past might also not be listed.

Use this as your starting point if long-term reliability is highly important to you.

Sedans & Coupes:

  • Acura ILX
  • Audi A4
  • Audi A5
  • BMW 4 Series
  • Buick LaCrosse
  • Buick Regal
  • Buick Verano
  • Cadillac CTS
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda Civic
  • Hyundai Azera
  • Hyundai Elantra
  • Infiniti Q70
  • Kia Cadenza
  • Kia Rio
  • Lexus CT Hybrid
  • Lexus ES
  • Lexus GS
  • Lexus LS
  • Mazda3
  • Mazda6
  • Mazda MX-5 Miata
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • Nissan Leaf (Electric)
  • Nissan Maxima
  • Porsche Boxster
  • Porsche Cayman
  • Scion xB
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Toyota Camry
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Toyota Prius (Hybrid)
  • Toyota Yaris
  • Volkswagen Passat

SUVs, Crossovers, Minivans & Wagons

  • Audi Allroad
  • Chevy Equinox
  • Chevy Traverse
  • Honda CR-V
  • Hyundai Equus
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Infiniti QX80
  • Kia Soul
  • Kia Sportage
  • Lexus GX
  • Lexus RX
  • Mazda 5
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Mazda CX-9
  • Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
  • Mitsubishi Outlander & Outlander Sport
  • Nissan Xterra
  • Porsche Cayenne
  • Subaru Forester
  • Subaru Outback
  • Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • Toyota 4Runner
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Toyota Sequoia
  • Toyota Venza

Pickup Trucks:

  • Toyota Tundra