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Survey Says Many Cars Now Last 200,000 Miles

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Posted at 5:15 PM, May 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-30 14:04:28-04

(CONSUMER REPORTS) - Cars have started lasting longer than ever. The average age of cars on U.S. roads has now surpassed eleven years. And passing the 200,000-mile mark has become more and more common. A Consumer Reports reader survey, covering more than a million vehicles, identified which models most often reach 200,000 miles.

The top ten were either Toyotas or Hondas. They’re the Toyota Prius, Camry 4-cylinder, Corolla, Sienna V6, and Highlander V6. And from Honda, they’re the Odyssey, Pilot, Accord 4-cylinder sedan, CR-V, and the Civic, excluding the Hybrid, SI and GX.

Owners spent an average of $550 on maintenance and repairs in the past year on things like brakes, shocks, and timing belts.

Still, Consumer Reports said by the time a car hits 200,000 miles, you should think about replacing it. By then, most cars’ hard life on the road has begun to take a toll on the structure and key components. And older cars just don’t have the numerous safety advances that have appeared in recent years. Those included collision avoidance, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, side-curtain airbags, and electronic stability control.

Plus newer cars have been made with advanced steel and structural architecture that absorb the impact of a crash better.

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