Ten Cars Proven to Get to 200,000 Miles and Beyond
Almost any car can make it to 200,000 miles and beyond, if you’re willing to throw enough money at it.
But that’s not necessarily a good idea. It’s better to buy a safe, reliable model, and then decently maintain it. Go after the maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual, take care of minor problems as they arise, and keep it clean.
These are the ten cars, SUVs, minivans, and pickup trucks that Consumer Reports survey respondents most often reported reaching more than 200,000 miles, drawn from the survey’s responses. They’re listed in order based on the total number of responses, with the Toyota Camry the top model.
Given that we’re looking at a long span of years for this analysis, be aware that road-test scores, reliability, and other ratings vary over time. Whether buying fresh or used, it is wise to check the ratings available on the CR model pages for the specific model year you are considering.
Click through the links below to read the accomplish road tests and see the detailed reliability, holder satisfaction, and pricing information.
Sure, it might seem vanilla, but the Camry truly produces what shoppers want in a midsized sedan.
The Camry offers a no-fuss driving practice, fine outward visibility, controls that fall lightly to mitt, and a roomy interior. A quiet cabin, slick powertrains, a convenient rail, and sound treating make it pleasant and capable.
Year after year this sedan produces outstanding reliability and solid proprietor satisfaction. The Camry acquitted itself well in crash tests, and fuel economy is competitive. We got twenty six mpg overall with the V6 engine and twenty eight mpg with the four-cylinder, topping out with the Hybrid’s thirty eight mpg. The redesigned two thousand eighteen Camry is presently on sale.
The Accord is one of the better midsized sedans. It is well-equipped and competitively priced, and it performs well. It treats responsively, however the rail can be a bit choppy. It has a roomy and well-finished interior.
The four-cylinder gets thirty mpg overall with its continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Three.5-liter V6 is upbeat and refined, and gets a decent twenty six mpg overall. But the infotainment system on EX and above versions is unintuitive. Standard automatic climate control is a nice feature, but the LX lacks a power seat.
The Accord Hybrid has an EPA rating of forty eight mpg combined. (Learn about the two thousand eighteen Honda Accord coming in fall 2017.)
In our tests, the Prius returned fifty two mpg overall, a significant improvement over the previous generation’s forty four mpg. On top of that, the fresh car also treats more responsively and rails more conveniently. Colorful digital gauges predominate the dashboard with abundant fuel-economy information. The touch-screen infotainment system is fairly straightforward.
The sensible Prius has always been about efficiency and low operating costs. The car can drive solely on electrified, up to about twenty five mph typically, and the engine is now quieter when it kicks in. However, tire noise is noticeable, and cabin access is not as effortless because of the car’s lower stance.
A plug-in version, the Prius Prime, can go about twenty three miles on electrified power, and takes five hours to charge on 120V. For 2017, forward-collision warning with automatic braking is standard.
The redesigned CR-V gains features, space, and optional turbo power. While the base LX trim is fitted with a carryover 184-hp, Two.4-liter four-cylinder engine, EX and above trims sport a 190-hp, 1.5-liter turbo. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard and works well with either engine. Fuel economy is exceptional at twenty eight mpg overall for the EX.
Treating is more nimble and sure-footed, and the rail is sustained. There’s less road noise and a quieter cabin. The interior is comfy and roomy, particularly the rear seat, and more upscale.
Controls have been improved. An available 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility and Garmin navigation. Available safety gear includes automatic emergency braking and blind-spot warning.
As minivans go, the Sienna is a sensible choice, but it isn’t very engaging to drive. The Sienna rails cosily and is quiet inwards, but treating is lackluster.
It has a upbeat Three.5-liter V6 engine but the fresh eight-speed automatic doesn’t shift as slickly as the previous six-speed version. However, the transmission helped improve fuel economy to twenty one from twenty mpg. The all-wheel-drive version—the only minivan on the market that has AWD—sacrifices one mpg.
An eighth seat cleverly stores in the back when it isn’t installed in place. The two thousand seventeen update also brought a standard backup camera, an extra LATCH attachment, and a front-passenger seat-cushion airbag. Reliability has been above average. That and the availability of all-wheel drive are the Sienna’s fattest advantages over any other minivan.
The Civic is substantial and capable. The Two.0-liter four-cylinder and optional 1.5-liter turbo produce good fuel economy, and the turbo brings more oomph and readily available power.
The continuously variable transmission (CVT) amplifies the noise of the base engine; it works better with the turbo. The rail is convenient, treating is precise, and the interior has a lot of storage space. However, the car’s low stance means you may have to perform the limbo to get in and out. In addition, the front seats lack adjustable lumbar support, which could cause discomfort.
We found Honda’s infotainment system to be unintuitive—the only way to avoid it is to get the base LX. Forward-collision warning is available. A four-door hatchback and Si version are fresh. A 306-hp Type-R spectacle version has just joined the model line.
The Corolla produces a comfy rail and has a quiet, spacious interior for a compact sedan. Treating is lackluster but very secure. A sportier S version has a tauter suspension with marginally better treating.
The continuously variable transmission (CVT) is fine when loafing around but can elicit noisy engine noise under higher revs. Fuel economy is excellent at thirty two mpg overall and comebacks forty three mpg on the highway.
Inwards, padded and stitched surfaces contrast with a number of drab, hard-plastic bits. Upscale features include standard Bluetooth connectivity, automatic climate control, and a touch-screen radio with ordinary controls. The rear seat is one of the roomiest in the category. For 2017, Toyota has made forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking standard.
Raunchy and ready to tackle off-roading adventures, the truck-based 4Runner falls brief of most modern SUVs on all other counts. Its rough-sounding Four.0-liter V6 engine is powerful and reasonably fuel-efficient. But the rail is unsettled, and treating is clumsy. The figure leans noticeably while cornering, and the bobbing and bouncing rail chips away at driver confidence.
A high step-in and low ceiling compromise access and driving position. The SR5’s 4WD system is part-time only. A third-row seat is optional, and the power-retractable rear window is handy. Reliability is well above average, but it scores too low in our testing to be recommended.
The Toyota Highlander ranks among the best midsized, three-row SUVs, with a desirable balance of an absorbent rail, responsive treating, and generous interior space. A third row permits seating for eight in a pinch—seven with optional second-row captain’s chairs—and folds vapid lightly for more cargo stowage.
The punchy Trio.5-liter V6 engine is matched to an eight-speed automatic for 2017. While the fresh transmission isn’t as slick as the previous six-speed one, it helped improve fuel economy to twenty two mpg overall. The Hybrid version gets twenty five mpg overall.
It’s a long reach to some controls, particularly the touch screen. The Entune system includes a larger 8-inch screen. A comprehensive suite of safety technology, including automatic emergency braking, is standard for the two thousand seventeen model year.
Ford’s big-selling pickup truck has an all-aluminum figure, which saves about seven hundred pounds over steel. Engine choices include a Trio.5-liter V6 engine, Two.7- and Three.5-liter turbo V6s, and a Five.0-liter V8. For two thousand seventeen the Three.5-liter turbo gets an optional 10-speed automatic transmission; other models use a six-speed automatic.
We tested the Two.7- and Three.5-liter turbo engines, and each delivered abundant power. In our tests the Two.7 got seventeen mpg overall, one mpg better than the turbo Trio.Five. The Two.7 is also remarkably quicker from zero to sixty mph.
The cabin is very quiet, but the rail is jittery. Safety offerings include forward-collision warning and blind-spot monitoring. Other notable features include a 360-degree-view camera and integrated loading ramps. Reliability has dropped to below average. The F-150 receives significant updates for 2018.