The National Highway Traffic Safety Association's (NHTSA) latest report confirms this observation. It shows that the average passenger car easily exceeds 150,000 miles, while pickups, SUVs and vans routinely yield 180,000 miles. This is in comparison to a 1995 study where the average car reached 125,000 miles and the latter grouping managed 150,000 miles. Interestingly, the NHTSA report also reveals that while passenger vehicles are lasting longer (in terms of years), pickups (specifically, light trucks) and SUVs are lasting less when compared to the 1995 study. Analysts attribute this change due to the increase usage of such vehicles as daily transportation instead of hauling cargo.
While technologies such as corrosion protection and synthetic oils are partly credited for the increased longevity of today’s vehicles, maintenance--such as regular oil changes--remains a key factor.