Research Firm Finds Body-On-Frame Trucks Last Longest

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Let's assume you want to make your last pickup truck purchase ever. What should you buy? According to the folks at iSeeCars, that's a pretty easy question to answer.

Of the 10 top vehicle choices most likely to reach 200,000 miles — a significant milestone for any vehicle — a recent study by the automotive research firm found that all but two were body-on-frame trucks. The two non-trucks were the Toyota Avalon mid-size sedan and Honda Odyssey minivan. The rest were full-size SUVs and just one pickup truck: the Toyota Tacoma.

Of the top eight pickup trucks more likely than others to last to 200,000 miles, the top two are mid-sizers, the Tacoma and Honda Ridgeline, and two of the top three are Toyotas. The rest of the list is filled out with full-size half-ton trucks, all of which have a greater likelihood of getting to 200,000 miles ahead of the average for all automotive models, which is 1.2 percent.

More than 13.5 million used cars sold in 2017 from model years 1981 through 2017 were analyzed for this study. Models not in production as of model-year 2017, heavy-duty trucks and models with fewer than 10,000 cars sold were excluded from the analysis. For each model, iSeeCars calculated the percentage of vehicles still on the road with at least 200,000 miles on the odometer.

Top 10 Longest-Lasting Vehicles

  1. Toyota Sequoia: 6.6 percent
  2. Ford Expedition: 5.4 percent
  3. Chevrolet Suburban: 5.2 percent
  4. Toyota 4Runner: 4.2 percent
  5. GMC Yukon XL: 3.9 percent
  6. Chevrolet Tahoe: 3.8 percent
  7. GMC Yukon: 2.8 percent
  8. Toyota Tacoma: 2.6 percent
  9. Toyota Avalon: 2.4 percent
  10. Honda Odyssey: 2.4 percent

Average for all models: 1.2 percent

Top 8 Longest-Lasting Pickup Trucks

  1. Toyota Tacoma: 2.6 percent
  2. Honda Ridgeline: 2.2 percent
  3. Toyota Tundra: 2.2 percent
  4. Chevrolet Silverado 1500: 2.1 percent
  5. Ford F-150: 1.9 percent
  6. GMC Sierra 1500: 1.8 percent
  7. Nissan Titan: 1.7 percent
  8. Chevrolet Colorado: 1.5 percent

Average for all models: 1.2 percent

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Comments

Not surprised to see the Toys taking the top spots.

The differences are marginal between the contenders.

The Titan is a surprise to make the list.

Not shocked by Fiat (especially its Jeep child) not showing at all.

Well most companies make cars to last 40 to 100,000 miles, take the Neon and Corrolla. Otherwise nobody would need to buy a new one.They make trucks to last a lot longer. My Commanchee is a uni-body, I sold it to a friend with 200,000 miles and he put 3 kids thru school with it an he still drives it....

Well most companies make cars to last 40 to 100,000 miles, take the Neon and Corrolla. Otherwise nobody would need to buy a new one.They make trucks to last a lot longer. My Commanchee is a uni-body, I sold it to a friend with 200,000 miles and he put 3 kids thru school with it an he still drives it....

I wonder how many of those Tacomas had the frame recall done? Seems that would skew the numbers a bit in their favor if most of them had new frames halfway or so through their lives.

200,000 miles ? That's just getting started.

I don't think this comes as a surprise to truck owners.
And as far as 200,000 as the benchmark? Before I was in business for myself I worked at a county garage. All of their fleet, police, fire, ems, road department etc. had over 200,000. In fact, they didn't even start talking replacing them till over 250,000. They ran domestic cars, Chevy, Dodge, Ford. Cars and Trucks.

any serious collision repair is likely to spell death for a hard working truck. the question answers itself.

edit: reference (above) is made to unibody trucks. Body on frame trucks can withstand some serious use/abuse

@papa jim--Many vehicles are totaled because it costs more to repair them than it does to total them. Many of vehicles today will last years longer than they actually do. Deploy a few airbags and it can cost more to replace them than to total the vehicle out. especially if the vehicle has a few years on it. If you maintain a vehicle properly and not have it totaled by the insurance company it can last for many many years. I am amazed by the number of vehicles that reach several hundreds of thousands of miles with plenty of miles left in them.

big deal !


I buy a new truck every 2 years

big deal !


I buy a new truck every 2 years

My 2000 Ford F-150 stepside 2W drive with the 5.4 liter has over 235,*** plus miles every stock same engine same transmission same rear differential same bed same cab same hood same grill same front and back bumper same fuel tank same tailgate same tail lights and aftermarket headlights. I only have to replace the usual like battery,alternator,break pads and etc. and I still race with it against the shakes and garbage motors company aka (GMC). And she still runs like a champ.

My 2000 Ford F-150 stepside 2W drive with the 5.4 liter has over 235,*** plus miles every stock same engine same transmission same rear differential same bed same cab same hood same grill same front and back bumper same fuel tank same tailgate same tail lights and aftermarket headlights. I only have to replace the usual like battery,alternator,break pads and etc. and I still race with it against the shakes and garbage motors company aka (GMC). And she still runs like a champ.

the FAKE Jeff S

@ Kevin M Smith,

Just stop with your fake news from CNN please!

Stupid article.

I buy a new truck every 2 years
Posted by: Ecoboost Rules | Apr 20, 2018

Good idea if you drive an F150

I still race with it against the shakes and garbage motors company aka (GMC). And she still runs like a champ.

@ Chingon

A 15 year olds moped is faster than your 5.4L!

We are a few thousand miles short of 180,000 miles on 2007 owned 11yrs Honda Ridgeline. It is expected to see more use this summer than in awhile so will get to 200,000 easily. Had timing belt service done around 120,000 miles included water pump and new pulley. Spark plugs done a bit after. I see plenty of 1st Generation Acura MDX SUVs running around and they were produced for 2001. My cousin has one of them got it used in 2008.

@ tntGarbageMotorsCompany(GMC) what do you care the point is the still a bulletproof truck and I’m planning to hit 500,*** plus miles on my FORD F150 SUPER CAB.

@ tntGarbageMotorsCompany(GMC) what do you care the point is the still a bulletproof truck and I’m planning to hit 500,*** plus miles on my FORD F150 SUPER CAB.

@ Chingon

U said it!! I hope u get 500k out of it...good luck....my 98 Chevy has 292k on it. I want 400k out of it!

I wonder how many of those Tacomas had the frame recall done? Seems that would skew the numbers a bit in their favor if most of them had new frames halfway or so through their lives.


Posted by: Kevin M Smith | Apr 20, 2018 1:57:08 PM

I question just how many frames Toyota has even fixed. They just settled a multi-billion dollar lawsuit in late 2016 due to the fact that they knowingly sold rust-rotting trucks and SUV's and denied frame replacements for owners.

I suspect that the biggest contributor to the Tacoma/Tundra making the list is that so many are sold out west where rust rot isn't so severe. In the Northern Midwest and Northeast, a Toyota will have major frame rust in under 5 years unless the owner takes extreme steps to keep the frame protected.

I'm not surprised the Titan is on there. Not very many sold (comparatively) and owners seemed to be particular about them. What issues did they have besides the small rear axle? I don't really know, but I do see older ones quite often. If it was only the rear axle that was an issue it's not surprising that they last long given the fact that nobody bought a Titan for towing.

What I am surprised to see is the Colorado on that list because of the issues it had (first gen) and that the Frontier is not on that list. I thought it had a reputation for good value and reliability but I guess the reliability only lasts up to a certain point and it's not past 200k.

An even more interesting study would be to see results from 2006 to current. I think that would be more telling of current and semi-current quality. 1981 was a long time ago and nothing is built like that anymore.

I'm not surprised the Titan is on there. Not very many sold (comparatively) and owners seemed to be particular about them. What issues did they have besides the small rear axle? I don't really know, but I do see older ones quite often. If it was only the rear axle that was an issue it's not surprising that they last long given the fact that nobody bought a Titan for towing.

What I am surprised to see is the Colorado on that list because of the issues it had (first gen) and that the Frontier is not on that list. I thought it had a reputation for good value and reliability but I guess the reliability only lasts up to a certain point and it's not past 200k.

An even more interesting study would be to see results from 2006 to current. I think that would be more telling of current and semi-current quality. 1981 was a long time ago and nothing is built like that anymore.

these mini trucks hardly see truck duties. their not towing or hauling much.

Yotas are bullet prove, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxK3vFNyYxQ

Oh what a feeling, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxK3vFNyYxQ

@Ecoboost Rules--I don't buy a new truck every 2 years, instead I put the money I would spend on a new truck in my thrift savings plan at work. Much rather build up my retirement fund.

@ Brick,

Here come the L iberals, always trying to trash the best pickup truck out there according to this study!

When will your hate for Toyota ever stop?

@papa jim--Why do you think I am the Fake Jeff. Nothing I posted was critical or offensive. Most vehicles will last much longer if properly cared for unless they get in an accident and the insurance company totaled it. Not to hard to have a vehicle totaled especially when it comes to replacing air bags especially if a vehicle is 10 years old or older.

@oxi--You need to get some help. Just a few fan boys are brand bashing but they brand bash all brands that are not their favorite (including you). All the current trucks are good and each one has their strength and weaknesses. As for being racist toward Japanese brands many of us own various Japanese brands. Is someone who owns a Nissan or Honda a racist if they don't own a Toyota? Maybe if they were a white supremacist or Neo-Nazi.

You don't have to defend Toyota. Toyota stands on its own merits and has a long history of good reliable vehicles. If someone criticizes them then that is their own problem.

@oxi liberal thinking people don't buy Toyota Tacoma Pickup Trucks? I know plenty of liberal thinking people with them.
You should not have one I remember President Regan in early 80s shaming people that bought cars from Japan.
I loved my 1980 Honda Prelude.

@ tntgmc if the truck accomplish 500,*** I’m good and hey good luck with that too.

Unibody Ridgeline longer lasting than ANY domestic pickup.

As for being racist toward Japanese brands many of us own various Japanese brands. Is someone who owns a Nissan or Honda a racist if they don't own a Toyota?

Posted by: Jeff S | Apr 21, 2018 8:11:33 AM

What's ironic is that I have owned multiple Toyota and Nissan midsize pickups over the years, which is why I am critical of the frame rust issue with Toyota BOF trucks and SUV's. Nothing is more agonizing than watching a reliable little pickup rot away prematurely. Especially when it's clearly an issue of poor bed and frame design - the bed designs hold moisture and the open-C frame collects mud/salt. Once corrosion starts, it spreads aggressively due to inferior steel composition and poor anti-corrosion treatments at the factory.

Oxi:

I have owned Toyota and Nissan products, so I speak from experience when I point out their rusting issues. That doesn't make me "racist".

What you view as brand bashing is no different than your endless (and often baseless) bashing of domestic brands. Also, I would be willing to bet that statistically, the typical liberal buys strictly import brands like Toyota, Honda, Hyundai...

I am certainly not a liberal. I don't know why you insist that I am. I don't know what my political views have to do with pickup trucks to be honest.

Obvious that vehicles built stronger, last longer. That most of the vehicles on their list are not pickups has less to do with durability, and everything with usage. Domestic fleet and other work trucks reduce the longevity scores as they have to actually earn a living. Same applies to the listing of pickups. Those less likely to be used as work trucks lead the rating, the Nissan placing low, and Ram not even placing tells you something. About the only useful thing is that the Avalon and Ody are as durable as BOF trucks.
@Dave- using the Corolla as an example of a short lived vehicle just makes you sound uninformed.

papa jim--Why do you think I am the Fake Jeff?...Posted by: Jeff S | Apr 21, 2018

@Jeff S

Answer: Nobody's name gets spoofed more than yours. It's a safe bet.

Ridgeline owners are a curious lot.
Toyota owners to a lesser degree.
We see the same behavior with EcoBoost owners.
Going to extremes to recommend their particular brand and citing anecdotal evidence as solid irrefutable proof.
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Comparing a Ridgeline to any 3/4 or 1 ton truck for longevity is laughable. It is a akin to comparing a Challenger and a Minivan for passenger hauling. Both can do it, but one isn’t primarily designed as such.

Toyota owners tend to be loyal and repeat customers.
Many overlook minor maintenance issues, but see the same on a domestic truck as an indication of poor quality. They also dismis independent quality metrics as biased when they don’t support their brand.

EcoBoost guys are getting to be annoying.
Living in an alternate reality where premium fuel drinking turbo V6s are expected to work as hard as say...the 6.2 cammer.

No-one pays much attention to the Ridgeline guys when they tout the advantages of their machine because most folks understand that the Ridgeline is a complete machine of Engineering compromises. But when push comes to shove, if you tow frequently, use the truck off-road, or desire capability and fuel economy, the Ridgeline is at the bottom. The Ridgeline is a Honda truck for Honda people.

Toyota does stand on its own and fan boys or not, it doesn’t really matter.

EcoBoost is another of Ford’s quick adoption of an idea that isn’t the best use of engineering tech. But for trucks that don’t tow more than a few times a year, but can accelerate like a car, it is a reasonable edition.

As to MY annecdotal evidence, all my life we’ve driven vehicles to 150k or more. Work trucks on the farm are often overloaded, towing over the limit, and rarely kept inside. The current Super Duty at this city dwellers House is an old farm truck, 230k, not in use because Dad wanted a dually with a ranch bed and my brothers both like Cummins. You don’t see many import trucks on big Midwest farms. Then again, the AWD Toyota SUVs and Subaru’s are extremely popular with the ladies.

@Jeff S

papajim is like James Comey. The more he talks, the worse he looks.

Jeff S

good idea to save money for a retirement plan

I have a different idea:
I spend every penny I get cause I figure I can be dead tomorrow and I later regret that in the past I didn't buy a new truck when I had the money.
also going to a new truck dealer is an enjoyable and exciting experience for me and I make the most of it, the salesmen hate me sooo bad, I intend to buy the new truck but they really have to work extra hard. ( i force them to make the buying process extra long so I can enjoy the experience longer)

also spending big money forces you to work harder to make more money to make up what you spent, I mean why do you work for? If I was afraid to spend money I would quit my job and go on welfare.

Jimmy

As an Eco-Boost owner I just want to share how wonderful it is with guys that never even driven one.
It doesn't require premium gas, I use 87 octane in mine.

Just be true and honest with yourself and admit you're jealous of the Eco-Boost.
I understand I too would hang my head in shame if a less than half smaller V6 engine would blow my big V8 off the road plus get better gas mileage doing it.

Everybody is making up lies with bad timing chains and turbo failures only because they are jealous. I am simply defending the Eco-Boost and being honest by telling everybody the ONLY problem with the Eco-Boost is bad throttle bodies.
I am being fair and honest admitting they do have a problem so you can be fair too by not lying about the engines require only premium gas.

That's funny, that is exactly what i did last year. My RAM 2500 was issue prone, I'm in my 40s and figured i'd get one more truck to just keep alive as long as possible. I ended up getting the gas Titan XD 4x4 in SL trim. 4WD for the winter months, decent interior, comfortable ride and decent payload. I work from home so it's not like its my daily driver. But the plan is to make this my last truck.

Lifes to short to drive an old vehicle.

@Ecoboost--Whatever works for you, if that motivates you to work harder then good for you. Constantly striving to do a better job just for my own self satisfaction is enough for me. For me not having any debt frees me and allows me to focus on becoming better. I have never even thought about being on welfare. Also the satisfaction of taking care of a vehicle and having it last years. Anyone can buy a new vehicle but not everyone takes the time to care for it and make it last. People will take notice and compliment me on how good my vehicles look and run. I have learned that most vehicles regardless of brand can last a long long time. I can afford a newer vehicle but I take pride in taking care of what I own and making it last. Taking care of things and making them last was drilled into me by my parents who were raised in the Depression and by a grandfather who drove an old Pontiac thru the Great Depression overhauling the motor several times so that his family was taken care of and so that he could keep workers on his own farm--not just because he needed them but so that they would have a job and food. My maternal grandparents were hard workers and very giving to people in their community. Years after their death people still talk about how my grandparents helped them when they need it most. I never heard anyone say a negative word about either of them. I can never be exactly like my grandparents but their influence has made me who I am today.

@ Brick,

Toyota is the best in this study, so give your L iberal hate a rest and understand the facts have determined the Tacoma to be the best in this study!

Now go back to your L iberal campus safe space!

This is as dumb as those awards that award vehicles as being reliable... the 1st three months... 3 months is not reliable, 3 decade is reliable.

The REAL Jeff S

Tacoma only had 2.6 percent. That doesn’t really seem like a lot to me. In fact, pickups overall didn’t fair well against body on frame SUVs. Sequoia had 6.6 percent and expedition and suburban were both over five percent. Those are more impressive numbers. And are we really still talking about the rusted frame thing? Yes, it happened, but your favorite truck model has had some bad press too. In any case the frame issue is not hurting their sales at all. So your wasting your breath pointing it out. If you feel like beating dead horses, then do so thoroughly. What percent of trucks sold had frame issues? How many of those issues were fully resolved or settled by the manufacturer? How many customers took a total loss and were negatively impacted in their finances for a very long time? I get real tired of coming on to this site and having to sift through half truths and misinformation in the threads. Trucktrend was probably wise to remove comments. Some chevys shake, this ford is on fire, that Tacoma has a rusty frame and some people keep talking about plastic hubcaps on rams (but I haven’t seen any). Only an indoctrinated lemming would call a manufacturer’s product flawless.

his is as dumb as those awards that award vehicles as being reliable... the 1st three months... 3 months is not reliable, 3 decade is reliable.

Posted by: uh huh | Apr 22, 2018 7:56:05 AM

You must be a Ford owner complaining because they never made the top of the list.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA



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