Bay Area Traffic

Study IDs The Most Durable Cars For Bay Area's Roads

Mike Colgan
March 06, 2019 - 2:54 pm

A new study has identified some SUV's and American-made cars as the most likely to reach 200,000 miles for Bay Area drivers. 

The Toyata 4Runner topped the regional road list from, but that's not the surprise. 

In San Francisco, three of the five longest-lasting vehicles are domestics. The GMC Yukon XL was ranked third, the Chevy Suburban and the GMC Yukon.

Simply put, full-sized SUVs are likely to survive the longest. 

The reason why SUVs like the top-ranked Toyota 4Runner are so durable is that they are built on truck-based platforms and have the durability of a pickup truck," said Julie Blackly from 

Reaching 200,000 miles used to be a major milestone for an automobile, but Blackly said more vehicles are leaving that mark in the dust. 

"That's because cars that are being built today are better than ever and people are following strict maintenance and repair schedules," she said. 

In terms of maximizing mileage, the Toyota Avalon was the highest rank sedan for the Bay Area. 

The full national report is available here.