Toyota has long been known as one of the most consistently reliable automotive brands on the market. Toyota vehicles last for decades on average, so much so that in the past the automaker’s advertising budget has gone to researching and publishing data on exactly how many Toyotas are still on the road years after they were built.
Recently, iSeeCars released a survey offering the top 20 cars with the longest possible life expectancy. Not surprisingly, half of the 20 cars highlighted were produced by Toyota. Oddly enough, in the top 7, three GM SUVs stood out from the crowd and beat out many of Toyota’s offerings. Here’s what you need to know about the Toyota and GM SUVs with the longest lifespans, according to iSeeCars.
Among the top 7 longest-running cars according to iSeeCars, 3 GM cars stand out in a sea of Toyota-produced vehicles. Among these Toyota-produced vehicles, the vehicles that made the list include the Toyota Prius, Toyota Tundra, Toyota Land Cruiser, and Toyota Sequoia, all of which are known for their reliability and dependability over the years. But don’t count GM out, with three of their SUVs at the top of the list
One of the GM SUVs, the Chevrolet Tahoe
The Chevrolet Tahoe is primarily the next generation of the old Chevrolet Blazer. In 1995, the original K5 Blazer was renamed the Tahoe, leaving the smaller S10 Blazer as the lone Blazer model. This Tahoe was significantly smaller than the larger brand-leading Chevy Suburban, but it shared the same truck platform, making it a true old-school SUV. Not only was the body capable, the powerplant was a proven one, with a GM 350 V8 as the main engine option.
Today, the Chevy Tahoe retains its small, capable mentality, but it has matured over the years. For the 2023 model year, the Tahoe gains independent rear suspension, and the V8 is now mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission for fuel economy and optimal power when it’s needed.
GMC Yukon XL and Chevrolet Suburban
Initially, the Suburban name spanned multiple automotive brands. Near the beginning of automotive history, “suburban” was a name usually given to large, station wagon-type vehicles built on a commercial platform. Since 1934, GM has used the Suburban name on its large, truck-platform-built SUVs, and it’s been a best-seller ever since. While the Suburban, and likewise the GMC Yukon XL, have become luxury-adjacent people haulers over the years, they still share the same GM truck platform bones that have kept them on the road and trouble-free for years.
While the GMC Yukon XL is the more luxurious option of the two, the Yukon carries more technology and luxury features, meaning less potential reliability over time. This puts the Chevy Suburban just above the Yukon XL in overall reliability and reliability over time. Still, both these SUVs are at the top of their class.