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Foreign cars top list of those likely to last 200,000 miles

Posted June 30, 2015 5:30 p.m. EDT
Updated June 30, 2015 6:23 p.m. EDT

Who doesn't love a shiny, new car? But then again, who wants the payment that comes with it?

Cars are lasting longer than ever, and it's not uncommon to pass 200,000 miles. Certain models are more likely to get you there.

The average age of a car on a U.S. road is now more than 11 years.

Many new cars are on the road, but there are plenty of relics too. And then there are those that have done some serious traveling.

Brent Mather, the owner of a 2006 Lexus IS 250, has more than 230,000 miles on his odometer.

"I do an oil change every 5,000 miles,” Mather said. “I make sure the air pressure of the tires is good and I keep looking out for it."

Consumer Reports surveyed readers to find out which models most often made it to 200,000 miles.

The responses covered more than a million vehicles. An interesting find: the top 10 were either Toyotas or Hondas.

The Prius, Camry 4-cylinder, Corolla, Sienna V6 and Highlander V6 represent Toyota on the list. From Honda, the Odyssey, Pilot, Accord 4-cylinder sedan, CR-V and the Civic, excluding the SI and GX Hybrid models.

Those owners spent an average of $550 on maintenance and repairs last year on items such as brakes, shocks and timing belts.

According to Consumer Reports, by the time a car hits that stage, you should think about replacing it.

"By 200,000 miles, most cars' hard life on the road has begun to take a toll on the structure and key components," Jim Travers of Consumer Reports said.

Older cars don’t have the latest safety advances, like collision avoidance, blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning.

Newer models can better absorb the impact of a crash and help keep you safe.