Cars that Go 200,000 Miles 5/25/15

Cars are lasting longer than ever... which brands go the extra mile

Cars are lasting longer than ever. The average age of cars on U.S. roads is now over eleven years. And passing the 200,000-mile mark is more and more common. A Consumer Reports reader survey, covering more than a million vehicles, identifies which models most often reach 200,000 miles.

The top ten are either Toyotas or Hondas. They’re the Toyota Prius, Camry 4-cylinder, Corolla, Sienna V6, and Highlander V6. And from Honda, they’re the Odyssey, Pilot, Accord 4-cylinder sedan, CR-V, and the Civic, excluding the Hybrid, SI and GX.

Owners spent an average of $550 on maintenance and repairs in the past year on things like brakes, shocks, and timing belts.

Still, Consumer Reports says that by the time a car hits 200,000 miles, you should think about replacing it. By then, most cars’ hard life on the road has begun to take a toll on the structure and key components. And older cars just don’t have the numerous safety advances that have appeared in recent years. Those include collision avoidance, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, side-curtain airbags, and electronic stability control.

Plus newer cars have advanced steel and structural architecture that absorb the impact of a crash better.

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