Ford F-350 Tops List of Vehicles Most Likely to Reach 250K miles

If when you roll off a dealership lot your goal is to hit at least a quarter of a million miles, Ford F-350 Super Duty is the odds on favorite to get you there, according to a report compiled by iSeeCars. 

The average vehicle has only an 11.8% chance of lasting 250,000 miles, according to iSeeCars, but with a 49.1% chance of hitting the 250,000-mile mark, the F-350 Super Duty is not only the highest rated truck on the updated Longest-Lasting Cars Study, it’s also the highest rated vehicle on a list dominated by pickups. In all, pickups make up six of the top 10 spots. Executive Analyst Karl Brauer noted that vehicle lifespan continues to grow with more than 20 cars now having a 20% chance or better to last at least a quarter million miles. “For most of the automobile’s history, 100,000 miles was considered the maximum usable lifespan,” he said. “Over the past 30 years we’ve watched an increasing number of cars reach 200,000-plus miles…”

While two Super Duty models cracked the top 10, Toyota is the top-ranked brand with the most vehicles on the longest-lasting list, which includes SUVs, vans and passenger cars. Heavy duty trucks, however, are the most common vehicle type to reach 250,000 miles.

Aiding in their longevity is that heavy trucks like Super Duty and Chevrolet’s and GMC’s HD models are most often business tools, “purchased by businesses to serve as a key resource driving a company’s success,” Brauer said. Also helpful are diesel engines available in these models. 

The average truck has a 25.9% chance of making it to 250,000-plus miles, with nine models above that average. Most of the above-average trucks are heavy duty models, but the Toyota Tundra, Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, and Chevrolet Avalanche also have a better-than-average chance of reaching 250,000 miles, according to iSeeCars. 

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