Most of the Cars that Reach 200,000 Miles are Full Size GM SUVs

The Chevy Suburban, thanks to its longstanding nameplate, is a model of durability. Turns out that it’s not just the name that lasts, though. The actual vehicle does, too.

iSeeCars recently did an analysis of more than 13 million vehicles to figure out which ones stay on the road the longest and of the top ten (aggregated in a handy list over at Road & Track), full-size GM SUVs were disproportionately represented.

The Suburban, the GMC Yukon XL, the Chevy Tahoe, and the Yukon were all in the top ten. Mind you, that doesn’t exactly mean that that most of them stay on the road that long.

Of all the vehicles in America, the Toyota Sequoia is the one that stays on the road for 200,000 miles in the greatest proportion. Still, though, only 6.6% of them making it that far.

By contrast, 5.2% of Suburbans make it to 200,000 (which is nearly how far away the moon is). That makes it third overall, just behind the Ford Expedition (5.4%). As for the others, 3.9% of Yukon XLs, 3.8% of Tahoes, and 2.8% of Yukons could have made it to the moon.

And while those aren’t exactly enormous numbers, they all far outstrip the automotive industry as a whole, only 1.2% of which make it to the 200,000 mark.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, in the luxury category, the Cadillac Escalade ESV and Escalade top the list, both making it to 200,000 in equal proportions (1.6%, that is).

That’s a surprising dominance for the GM body-on-frame SUV, but not just for GM. Nearly every vehicle on the list is body on frame, except for the Avalon, and the Honda Odyssey, which come in 8th, 9th, and 10th on the list.

And while body-on-frame construction is falling out of fashion, it does at least prove the value of making vehicles that way. It also proves that while the old expression “they just don’t make ’em like they used to” might not literally be right, it kind of is figuratively.

[source: iseecars.com]

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