This post is contributed by Julie Blackley, Communications Manager for iSeeCars.com.
When you’re shopping for a used car, reliability and price are two of the most important things to consider. But as used car prices continue to rise, does quality have to take a back seat to help you find a car you can afford? Luckily for savvy car shoppers, the answer is no.
According to recent findings by car search engine iSeeCars.com, used car shoppers can indeed find reliable and long-lasting vehicles across a wide range of price points. The study identified the longest-lasting vehicles most likely to reach 200,000 miles and cost less than the average used car, when comparing three-year-old used car prices.
Longest-lasting used cars under $25,000
Reaching 200,000 miles on the odometer is a significant milestone that only 1% of vehicles are able to achieve. Assuming that a driver averages around 12,000 miles per year, it’d likely take over 16 years to reach the 200,000-mile mark.
If you want to maximize the return on your vehicle investment, here are the longest-lasting used cars for under $25,000:
|Rank||Vehicle||% of cars over 200k miles||Average three-year used price|
|9||Toyota Camry Hybrid||1.5%||$18,723|
|Average for all vehicles||1.0%||$22,334|
Honda’s cars that last the longest
The longest-lasting lightly used vehicle under $25,000 is the Honda Odyssey minivan, which is almost three times as likely as the average vehicle to reach 200,000 miles. Minivans are the vehicles most commonly associated with family hauling, and the Odyssey is known for both its reliability and its suite of safety and convenience features.
Three additional Honda vehicles also made the list, including the Honda Civic, the Honda Accord, the and the Honda CR-V. The Accord and Civic are popular sedans known for their reliability and longevity, and they’re often passed down from parents to their children. The CR-V earns the distinction as the longest-lasting used SUV under $25,000 and is consistently the highest-rated vehicle in its class.
Toyota’s longest-lasting cars
The 2nd-ranked Toyota Avalon is more than 2.5 times more likely than the average vehicle to reach 200,000 miles. With a spacious interior and excellent reliability ratings, it’s a comfortable alternative for people who want a trustworthy family hauler, but don’t want an SUV or minivan.
Toyota, known for producing dependable vehicles, has the most cars on the list with an additional four vehicles, including the Toyota Sienna minivan, the Toyota Prius, the Toyota Camry, and its hybrid variant, the Toyota Camry Hybrid.
Rounding out the list is the Chevrolet Impala, which earns high praise in the large sedan category thanks to its spaciousness and solid reliability ratings.
Why buy a lightly used car?
Buying a three-year-old car saves car shoppers a great deal of money because lightly used vehicles have already taken their major depreciation hit. In fact, the average car loses 38.2% of its value after three years. And because of the growing popularity of vehicle leases, there’s an abundance of three-year-old used cars available for sale.
Buying a car is an expensive and time-consuming purchase. But finding the right vehicle that’s proven to last a long time allows you to get the most value for your purchase.
Check out our full longest-lasting cars study for more information.
Julie is the Communications Manager for iSeeCars.com, an online car search engine powered by big data analytics that helps consumers find the best car deals by providing key insights and valuable resources, like the iSeeCars VIN report. When she isn’t writing about cars, she’s likely wrangling her 2 small children in or out of them. Despite her line of work, running will always be her preferred mode of transportation.