How Long Do Hybrid Cars Last: Which Will Make 150,000 Miles?
Which hybrid cars accumulate the most mileage over time?
According to a new data analysis, there's one hybrid that stands head and shoulders above the rest--and it's not the Toyota Prius.
2009 Toyota Prius
Used-car listing aggregator iSeeCars analyzed more than 20 million used-car listings posted during April and May, looking specifically at the listed mileage on the cars.
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Specifically, the site split out hybrids with 150,000 miles or more listed, to see what percentage of the total number for sale were at that level--which it suggests is a proxy for lasting a long time.
2012 Ford Escape Hybrid
The Honda Civic Hybrid, which first went on sale back in 2003, had by far the highest percentage of high-mileage listings: 5.4 percent of the total, the only car to exceed 5 percent.
Next came two hybrid SUVs, the Ford Escape Hybrid and Toyota Highlander Hybrid, which were tied for second place at 2.7 percent each.
The Toyota Prius took third place, at 2.1 percent, followed by the Lexus RX 400h at 1.4 percent.
The last two cars in the iSeeCars listing, the Toyota Camry Hybrid and the Honda Insight (presumably both generations of that nameplate), were both under 1.0 percent, at 0.7 and 0.6 percent respectively.
Phong Ly, CEO of iSeeCars, suggested to Green Car Reports that the two hybrid SUVs may have been used as family vehicles, meaning higher mileage from vacations and holiday road trips.
2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
To which we might add that the Honda Civic Hybrid may have had a higher percentage of fleet buyers, who tend to wring every last mile out of their cars to minimize lifetime ownership costs.