If you want to own a vehicle that you can drive into the ground -- and then wonder why it refuses to die -- then maybe you should be driving a big truck or SUV.
That seems to be the conclusion of a study from a website that aggregates millions of used-car sales listings around the country. ISeeCars.com went looking for listings of vehicles with at least 200,000 miles on the odometer. It says it analyzed 30 million listings from 1981 to 2010.
Conclusion: In the search for the top 12 vehicles that have clocked at least 200,000 miles, only one was a car. In last place, in a three-way tie, came the Honda Accord. The rest of the list has nothing but trucks -- pickups or SUVs.
The top two vehicles showing the biggest percentage are two bitter rivals, the heavy-duty -- and gas-guzzling -- pickups from Ford and Chevrolet. The Ford F-250 Super Duty came in first. Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD came in second.
After that came three big SUVs: Chevy Suburban, Toyota 4Runner and Ford Expedition. For long-lasting vehicles, General Motors was the big winner. Seven of the Top 12 vehicles are from GM. ISeeCars.com notes, too, that no European models make the list and speculates that the old ones become more valuable for spare parts as they near retirement.
The vehicles and the percentage of them showing at least 200,000 miles
1. Ford F-250 Super Duty, 4.3%
2. Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, 3.6%
3. Chevrolet Suburban, 3.6%
4. Toyota 4Runner, 3.5%
5. Ford Expedition, 3%
6. GMC Sierra 2500HD, 2.7%
7. Chevrolet Tahoe, 2.1%
8. GMC Yukon XL, 1.9%
9. Toyota Sequoia. 1.7%
10. GMC Sierra 1500, 1.6%
11. GMC Yukon, 1.6%
12. Honda Accord, 1.6%