Longest Lasting Trucks On The Road
Want To See 200,000 Miles? These Pickups Will Get You There!
Pickups are such an American staple that they should be discussed in the same breath as apple pie and bald eagles. Chances are if there's not a pickup in your driveway, there surely is in the neighbor's. Along with popularity, the price of pickups has also been on a steady rise, with -ton trucks easily reaching into the $60,000 range. Because of this, folks often seek out not only the truck will best fit their needs, but also the truck that will last the longest.
Automotive research firm iSeeCars.com analyzed nearly 16 million used car sales in 2019 and was able to drill down the pickups most likely to reach the 200,000-mile mark based on the percentage sold that had already done so. The study also excluded vehicles that didn't have a 2020 model year or were considered to be heavy-duty or low volume. For this reason, no - or 1-ton pickups have made the list.
Of the pickups surveyed, the average number of any particular model to reach the 200,000-mile mark was 1.8 percent. The researchers at iSeeCars.com found five models that exceeded the average and four that came in just below it.
With that said, let's take a look at the top nine pickups most likely to reach 200,000 miles!
Honda Ridgeline - 3.0 percent
Yes, for the sake of this study the Honda Ridgeline is considered a truck. And Honda has more of these vehicles reaching the 200,000-mile mark than any other auto manufacturer, by percentage anyway.
Toyota Tundra - 2.9 percent
Honestly, we wouldn't have guessed that Toyota's Tundra -ton pickup would rank above its midsize brethren, the Tacoma, but here we are. Toyota has been a brand known for reliability, and its trucks are no different.
Toyota Tacoma - 2.5 percent
Tacoma is easily the king of the midsize pickup class, with more sales each year than any other manufacturer. It also comes as no surprise that these trucks often make it well beyond 200,000 miles.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - 2.0 percent
Chevrolet's Silverado 1500 outranks its mechanically similar GMC Sierra 1500 cousin by a fair margin. This could be attributed to the fact that Silverado pickups are more often found on the jobsite and in use by tradesmen who run their trucks for a long time.
Ford F-150 - 1.9 percent
The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling pickup in America for more than four decades. Similar to our theory on the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, the Ford F-150 is a mainstay of service fleets nationwide. It's not surprising then to see these trucks crest into the 200,000-mile realm.
GMC Sierra 1500 - 1.7 percent
On the flip side, the GMC Sierra 1500 is often viewed as more of a luxury truck than the Silverado or F-150, meaning they are found in fleets and on jobsites far less frequently. Owners use them more for recreation or lifestyle, racking up fewer miles during their lifespan.
Ram 1500 - 1.1 percent
This one has left us a bit perplexed. In our research, Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups are the most likely to hit 1 million miles. So, then, why is the Ram 1500 so unlikely to crest 200,000 miles? We've got our theories, but none are sound enough to elaborate on quite yet.
Chevrolet Colorado & GMC Canyon - 0.8 percent
This is another anomaly that we can't explain, other than to figure Colorado and Canyon owners simply don't drive as much as Ridgeline owners do. GM sells more of these midsize trucks than Honda, and they launched in about the same year (2004 for Colorado and 2005 for Ridgeline). Our best guess revolves around the desirability of the first generation's inline five-cylinder engine. But that's only a guess.