Of any truck model in production in 2021, the Ram 3500 pickup is most likely to reach 200,000 miles or more, according to a new study by automotive research firm and car search engine iSeeCars.com. The study found that 8.4% of Ram 3500 pickups are expected to be on the road after 200,000 miles. The Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD (6.3%) and Ford F-350 Super Duty (5.8%) are second and third on the list.
iSeeCars.com analyzed over 11.8 million pre-owned cars sold in 2020. For each model, the percentage of the number of vehicles with at least 200,000 miles was mathematically modeled.
"The data confirms what most would expect — the bigger they are the harder they drive. Trucks, in general, are some of the longest-lasting vehicles in the U.S. fleet,” said Karl Brauer, executive analyst for iSeeCars. “And heavy-duty trucks last up to twice as long as light-duty versions, confirming the aggressive use cases many of these HD models are subjected to. Of course, they cost more than light-duty models, but with this kind of lifespan HD models are arguably a better investment, especially considering their increased capabilities throughout that lifespan."
When compared to all passenger cars and trucks, however, two truck-based SUVs take the overall prize for longevity: the Toyota Land Cruiser (16.3%) and Toyota Sequioa (11.2%). These truck-based SUVs occupy the top spots by a wide margin, with the Sequoia twice as likely to reach 200,000 miles as the next ranked car on the list.
When analyzing which light-duty pickup trucks are most likely to reach 200,000 miles, six pickups rate above the 1.9% average for the vehicle class. Three additional longest-lasting pickups join the top-ranked Toyota Tundra, the second-ranked Honda Ridgeline, and the third-ranked Toyota Tacoma.
“On average, pickup trucks are almost twice as likely to reach 200,000 miles with a 1.9% average for the segment, which is nearly double the average for all vehicles,” said Brauer. “Pickup trucks are commonly used as work vehicles and are likely to accrue more miles than a typical passenger car while often benefitting from more consistent preventative maintenance and necessary repairs.”
Analyzing passenger cars only, the top 16 models identified each have over 2.5% of their vehicles (more than two-and-a-half times the overall average) reach 200,000 miles, and include a mix of vehicle types with 10 SUVs (including a hybrid), three pickup trucks, one sedan, one minivan, and one hybrid hatchback.