Buying a car is a major investment. Not only does it need to get you safely from point A to point B, but the vehicle should also be reliable for many years. However, rather than determining if a car is “good” by how long it lasts, experts recommend going by how many miles you can accrue on it without encountering any major issues. For example, a car with 100,000 miles in five years that only needed maintenance (oil change, tire rotation, for example) would be considered “better” than a car with 100,000 miles in seven years but needed major repairs.
Here is a list of 12 cars you can trust to last 200,000 miles with just routine maintenance, according to Consumer Reports.
1. Toyota Camry
2. Honda Accord
3. Honda CR-V
4. Toyota Prius
5. Toyota Sienna
6. Ford F-150
7. Toyota Corolla
8. Toyota Highlander
9. Toyota 4Runner
10. Toyota Tacoma
11. Honda Civic
12. Honda Pilot
For the past few years, Japanese car models have topped the Consumer Reports' most trusted vehicle list. This year’s list, however, features one American-made car: the Ford F-150. This full-sized pick-up truck is best for those who have to move heavy, big equipment as part of their work or day-to-day life. While the car is also the lightest in the Ford F-series, it can still hold a payload of up to 1,000 pounds.
Honda: Pilot, Civic, CR-V, and Accord
Honda is a favorite brand because their cars are incredibly durable inside and out. Four Honda models made this year’s list: the Pilot, CR-V, Civic, and Accord. The Pilot is a modern SUV with three rows, perfect for a large family on the go. The CR-V is also a popular mid-size SUV — Honda sold more than 238,00 units in 2022 alone. The Civic and Accord are sedans ideal for people looking for a safe vehicle on a budget.
Toyota: Camry, Prius, Sienna, Corolla, Highlander, 4Runner, and Tacoma
Toyotas frequently top best car lists due to their affordability, reliability, and ease of use. Many people learn to drive in Toyotas and commit to the brand for the rest of their lives.
Regarding larger vehicles, Consumer Reports recommends the Tacoma, Highlander, 4Runner, and Sienna. The Tacoma is the rare pick-up truck that is great on miles and not too large compared to other trucks. The Highlander is a sturdy SUV great for growing families, while the 4Runner is an excellent fit for people who like off-roading and driving on rough terrain.
Soccer moms rejoice in the reliability of the Sienna minivan, and environmentalists love the Prius, one of the first mass-produced hybrid vehicles in the world. Rounding out the list are the Corolla and Camry, which are two beloved, reliable sedan models great for city, suburb, and rural driving.
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