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24 Reliable Cars That Last Over 250,000 Miles

While flashy and expensive cars will provide more fun than you can shake a stick at, they usually aren’t the most reliable options. With a few notable exceptions, reliable vehicles tend to be a bit boring.

Just look at Toyota. They are known to build practically bulletproof cars that will keep running for decades, but most of their models are far from exciting.

Today, we’ll take a closer look at 24 reliable cars that will easily reach 250,000 miles, provided that you service and maintain them as the manufacturer recommends. By the way, there are a lot of Toyotas on this list.

Honda S2000

Honda S2000
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Let’s start with what’s probably the biggest surprise on this list: the Honda S2000. The most reliable cars tend to be boring everyday models, SUVs, and trucks with massive engines. They’re certainly not highly-strung sports cars! The Honda S2000 is the exception to that rule.

J.D. Power has given it a reliability score of 97/100, and we can’t find any model that scored better. Its reliability is accompanied by low yearly maintenance costs, estimated to cost an average of less than $500 annually.

Lexus ES 350

Lexus ES 350
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The Lexus ES 350 midsize sedan offers plenty of luxury and power, and Lexus cars are famous for their reliability. J.D. Power even crowned it the most dependable compact premium car in 2018.

The ES 350 has a 260-horsepower V6 engine, and while it may drink a bit of fuel, the overall maintenance costs are very reasonable.

Toyota Land Cruiser

Toyota Land Cruiser
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The Toyota Land Cruiser is known to be one of the most reliable vehicles that money can buy, easily outlasting most SUVs. It is also the longest-running vehicle in Toyota’s lineup.

Toyota engineered the Land Cruiser to last more than 25 years, and several owners report that the odometer has passed 300,000 miles. Its dependability is also why the Land Cruiser is one of the most popular vehicles for overland expeditions.

Toyota Prius

2023 Toyota Prius
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The Toyota Prius has earned a reputation for being a bit dull and humdrum, but there’s no denying that it’s also among the most reliable cars ever. Despite all its years on the market, the Prius remains the poster child of hybrid cars.

Hybrids have recently been called out for being a flash in the pan. While the future does indeed go all-electric at the moment, the Prius is still relevant and will last more than 250,000 miles if taken care of. Yearly maintenance costs are also low – comparable to the all-electric Tesla Model 3.

GMC Yukon XL

GMC Yukon XL
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The GMC Yukon XL is absolutely massive and comes stuffed with high-tech features. You’d think that would make it less reliable, but according to J.D. Power, that’s not the case.

The Yukon XL is powered by a 5.3-liter V8 paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Such a large engine won’t be as stressed as a smaller unit, which increases reliability. Impressively, some owners claim to have surpassed 400,000 miles behind the wheel of their Yukon.

Toyota Highlander

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The 2018 Toyota Highlander is among the most popular midsize SUVs. That’s understandable, considering it has a great interior, good ride quality, and decent handling. Did we mention that it’s also highly reliable?

With just regular servicing and maintenance, the Highlander will keep running forever. It’s easily one of the most durable vehicles on the used market.

Kia Rio

Kia Rio
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You may be surprised that Korean carmaker Kia made it onto this list, especially considering the reputation they once had. However, J.D. Power says the Kia Rio is one of the most reliable cars you can buy.

The Kia Rio won’t just save you money on repairs and maintenance; it’s also very cheap to buy, especially on the used market.

Toyota Tundra

Toyota Tundra
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The Toyota Tundra has proven beyond any doubt that it can exceed 250,000 miles. One owner drove his Tundra past the one million-mile mark almost a decade ago.

Whether you want an old model or something new, plenty of Tundras exist to choose from. One thing they all have in common is the legendary reliability, largely thanks to the engines that chug along effortlessly.

Honda Accord

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The Honda Accord has been among the most reliable cars on the market ever since it made its debut in the mid-70s. Practically every Honda has a life expectancy exceeding 20 years, and you can put a lot of miles on a car in that time.

RepairPal estimates that the yearly maintenance cost for a 2012 Honda Accord is around $500. It may not be the most exciting car out there, but saving money makes up for that.

Toyota Camry

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Toyota’s Camry is the Honda Accord’s closest rival – including in the reliability department. The Camry has been around for more than 40 years, and thanks to reasonably powerful engines, decent ride quality, and spacious interior, they’ve become sought after by those looking for a dependable bargain.

The Camry is also cheap to own, with the average yearly maintenance cost under $400.

Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla
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The Toyota Corolla is one of the best-selling vehicles ever. It offers all the basics and absolutely no frills. However, that’s precisely why it’s such a reliable daily driver. Expect any repair and maintenance costs to be minimal as well.

As plain and basic as it may be, the Corolla is a sought-after model among those who don’t want to spend a fortune on car ownership. J.D. Power gave the 2019 Corolla a reliability score of 92/100.

Lexus CT 200h

Lexus CT 200h
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The 2015 Lexus CT 200h is a great all-rounder. This hybrid hatchback offers good handling and excellent fuel economy and is also practical. A 1.8-liter engine, in combination with two electric motors, produces 134 horsepower.

It has a J.D. Power reliability score of 88/100, and Lexus build quality is second to none, so there’s no reason why it wouldn’t last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance.

Ford F-150

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This Ford F-150 remains the best-selling pickup truck in the States, largely thanks to its ruggedness and durability. After all, it is “built Ford tough.” It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for a vehicle for your daily commute, a work truck to haul stuff around in, or an off-roader; the F-150 will get the job done.

The F-150’s average expected lifetime mileage is between 150,000 and 300,000 miles. Clearly, 250,000 miles shouldn’t be a problem with some TLC and regular maintenance.

Chevy Silverado

Chevrolet Silverado
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The Chevy Silverado is just as competent and durable as its competitor from the Blue Oval brand. In fact, Chevrolet has an exclusive club for owners who’ve racked up more than 100,000 miles on their trucks. It’s called Truck Legends.

Apparently, there are more than 5,000 members in the club. We’ll take that as a sign that the Silverado will last long if you take proper care of it.

Honda Civic

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Honda’s humble Civic may have earned itself a reputation as a ricer or rice racer. Basically, it’s a car that’s modified to look and sound fast but without the actual power to make it move. That being said, Honda has built some fast Civics over the years.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a slow or fast model; all Honda Civics offer unrivaled reliability. Owners in various forums and chat groups claim their cars cruised past the 400,000-mile mark without any issues, just requiring regular maintenance.

Toyota 4Runner

Toyota 4Runner
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The 2017 Toyota 4Runner is a great midsize SUV that’ll satisfy most people’s everyday needs and any weekend adventures – even if those involve off-roading.

Toyota built the 4Runner to tackle rough and rugged driving conditions. Even vehicles that are regularly driven off the beaten path can keep running forever. Average yearly maintenance costs are estimated to be between $500 to $700.

Hyundai Elantra

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The Hyundai Elantra is another Korean car that should sail past the 250,000-mile mark with few problems. J.D. Power rewarded the 2020 Hyundai Elantra with an 87/100 reliability score.

The Elantra comes loaded with equipment, and if you want a truly fun car to drive, check out the Hyundai Elantra N version.

Toyota RAV4

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We couldn’t develop a list of reliable cars without including the Toyota RAV4. The compact SUV has a lot more interior space than its exterior dimensions suggest, and it also packs many features as standard.

In true Toyota fashion, the RAV4 is built to last and will keep running for decades. If you stick with the recommended service intervals, 300,000 miles is very realistic, according to the owner’s forums.

Toyota Sequoia

Toyota Sequoia
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Toyota’s Sequoia is one of the Japanese carmaker’s larger vehicles. It scored higher on J.D. Power’s reliability ratings for a decade than any other large SUV.

Pricey when new, it’s possible to save a decent chunk of money by purchasing a used one. As long as the previous owner takes care of it and stays on top of maintenance, the Sequoia should be able to breeze through to 300,000 miles and beyond.

Nissan Altima

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The Nissan Altima is a midsize car that offers an efficient engine, a spacious cabin, a decent amount of standard tech, and great build quality.

Granted, there are more exciting cars than the Nissan Altima, but it’s an absolute bargain for the price. It’s also very cheap to own and maintain, so if you want a car that’ll get you from A to B for years, you should consider the Altima.

Mazda 6

Mazda 6
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The Mazda 6 is one of the more exciting cars that’ll last you a lifetime. Its 2.5-liter Skyactive engine produces 184 horsepower, and Mazda is known for building cars that are fun to drive.

Mazda’s 6 also returns a very reasonable fuel economy, managing 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Regarding reliability, RepairPal scored it 4.0 out of 5.0, making it much more reliable than the average car.

Honda CR-V

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The Honda CR-V is not only one of the best compact SUVs on the market, with a J.D. Power reliability score of 90/100, it’s among the best regardless of the segment. Getting past 250,000 miles shouldn’t be a problem.

Part of the CR-V’s popularity is obviously because of its reliability and solid build quality, but it also delivers in other areas. The CR-V has an interior that’s pleasant, comfortable, and spacious. It also offers decent tech and returns excellent fuel economy.

Ford Expedition

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If you need a large, spacious SUV, you could do much worse than the Ford Expedition. J.D. Power scored the Ford Expedition high for initial quality, and Kelley Blue Book named it ‘Best Buy.’

The Expedition lets the whole family travel in comfort on even the longest road trips. It even has reasonable mpg – 24+ on the highway.

2021 BMW 4 Series

The new 2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe.
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BMW has suffered from some quality issues, so we were surprised to find one of their cars among J.D. Power’s best-scoring vehicles, getting 87 out of 100 for reliability.

People can’t agree on the latest 4-Series’ styling, but the technology and engineering hiding under the exterior are second to none. BMW’s cars are also known to be proper driver’s cars, so you’ll have some fun on your way to 250,000 miles. Just don’t expect ownership to be cheap. The average yearly costs are more than double that of the Japanese cars on this list.

Andre Nalin

Author: Andre Nalin

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Andre has worked as a writer and editor for multiple car and motorcycle publications over the last decade, but he has reverted to freelancing these days. He has accumulated a ton of seat time during his ridiculous road trips in highly unsuitable vehicles, and he’s built magazine-featured cars. He prefers it when his bikes and cars are fast and loud, but if he had to pick one, he’d go with loud.

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