What Used Vehicle Models Last The Longest?

By Naylor's Auto Repair on Fri, 11/03/2023 - 11:15

One of the most common questions people have for their mechanic is “What is the best used car to purchase?” This is especially common from parents shopping for a safe, reliable, and affordable vehicle for their new driver.

Whether you’re buying your first car or needing a new reliable commuter, the technicians at Naylor's Auto Repair have the decades of experience in auto repair to have seen which used vehicles regularly last the longest. A reliable used car can save you time and money annually by avoiding frequent repairs. Before you head to the used car lot or Facebook Marketplace, check out our list of vehicle models proven to last the longest.

The 25 Longest Lasting Used Vehicle Makes and Models

Many models have proven their mettle by consistently demonstrating durability and reliability on the road. Buyers love these cars because they are great cars for first time drivers, commuting to and from work, or being your trusty weekend toy hauler. Here’s a curated list of 25 used car makes and models that have earned a reputation for their longevity:

  • Toyota 4Runner
  • Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Toyota Prius
  • Toyota Avalon
  • Toyota Tundra
  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Honda Civic
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Toyota Camry
  • Honda Accord
  • Mazda MX-5 Miata
  • Toyota Sequoia
  • Honda Pilot
  • Toyota Tacoma
  • Acura MDX
  • Honda Element
  • Honda CR-V
  • Toyota Sienna
  • Subaru Outback
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Lexus RX
  • Chevrolet Silverado
  • Ford F-150
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These models, spanning various categories from compact cars to trucks, have been celebrated for their ability to surpass the 200,000-mile mark with minimal major repairs, making them stellar options in the used car market.

Is Buying a Used Car Better Than New?

The debate between buying a new car versus a used one is common, with valid arguments for both options. Used cars, especially those with a proven track record of reliability, tend to depreciate slower and can be more economical when it comes to insurance premiums and registration costs. Their reliability is often well-documented and cost-of-ownership consistent, giving buyers comfort in their purchase.

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However, it’s worth acknowledging that used cars might come with their own challenges, such as wear and tear and potentially imminent repairs that can only be caught with a thorough pre-purchase inspection by a professional mechanic.

On the other hand, new cars are equipped with the latest technology and features, offer modern conveniences, potentially better fuel efficiency, and can come with the certainty of a warranty.

The Best Way to Ensure You’re Buying a Reliable Used Car

The best way to confirm that the used car you want to purchase is a good investment is to bring it to Naylor's for a pre-purchase inspection . We offer a thorough and transparent examination of the vehicle, educating you on the car's current condition and any potential issues that could require repair in the future. This information gives peace of mind and can even be used in negotiating the sale price to compensate for urgent repairs.

Visit Naylor’s Auto Repair for Used Vehicle Inspection or Repair

Purchasing the best, most long-lasting used car is easier when you partner with us. At Naylor’s Auto Repair, we’re here to assist you every step of the way, from pre-purchase inspections to ongoing maintenance and repairs. Call us or schedule an appointment online.