Best High-Mileage Used Cars
It's a lot of fun to get a new car. Obtaining a brand new, pristine amalgam of shiny steel, crystalline glass, and jet-black rubber is good for the ego. Of course, having some money in the bank can be a lot of fun, too. It might not be as exciting as the visceral thrill of a new car, but it can certainly be satisfying. And if you're looking for that kind of quiet satisfaction, you have come to the right place. Financial experts are nearly unanimous on the idea that to maximize the effectiveness of your transportation dollar, you should buy a used car and then keep it for as long as you possibly can. Why is the right used car a financial boon? First, a used car will be much expensive to buy than a new car of a similar size. Second, a used car that is several years old will typically lose its value at a lower rate than a new car. Yes, you might have to forego the ego stroke of getting a brand-new car, but you can bask in the knowledge you are creating a better financial future. To assemble this list that identifies the 10 best high-mileage used cars, we examined cars that are about five years old and chose the most reliable. We believe these are the cars most likely to comfortably exceed 100,000 miles.
1. 2016 Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry has a stellar reputation for longevity, and the 2016 version continues in that tradition. The mid-size sedan offers plenty of room for five passengers, and they are treated to a quiet, comfortable ride that doesn't even pretend to be sporty. 2016 was a "carryover" year for the Camry, which means changes were minor versus the 2015. That's fine — because the 2015 Camry didn't need much tweaking. Standard equipment includes automatic headlights, heated/powered side mirrors, remote entry, a backup camera, and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The infotainment screen is a 6.1-inch display, and the system offers voice command, Bluetooth, and six-speaker audio. The base engine is a 178-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 28 mpg combined on the EPA test cycle. Choosing a higher trim level can net you a larger touchscreen, alloy wheels, leather upholstery, paddle shifters, satellite and HD radio, dual-zone climate control, and hands-free trunk lid operation.
2. 2016 Honda Accord
The 2016 Honda Accord is a member of the mid-size sedan's ninth generation, and a lot of experts, including us, feel that it is one of the best Accord models ever. Though a mid-generation vehicle, the 2016 was the beneficiary of several worthwhile updates. Most notable are the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus several new safety features as part of the Honda Sensing package. All 2016 Accords have alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display, and a backup camera. A 185-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is the base powerplant, and you might find an up-level model with the 278-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. Some Accords have a continuously variable automatic transmission that can be irritating, but the CVT contributes to excellent fuel economy. While the Toyota Camry skewed toward comfort, the Accord is more likely to appeal to drivers who like a little performance.
3. 2016 Lexus ES 350
A kissing cousin to the Toyota Avalon, the Lexus ES 350 seats five and is feature-filled. Many luxury cars require high maintenance costs if you want to keep them alive and healthy, but the Lexus ES 350 is a major exception to that rule. It is designed to keep ticking and ticking and ticking, offering a cushy, comfortable ride mile after mile. Standard equipment includes alloy wheels, LED headlamps, a sunroof, remote entry, heated/powered side mirrors, and dual-zone climate control. Look around just a little and you'll find examples with leather upholstery, Mark Levinson premium audio, and a powered trunk lid. The 7-inch infotainment screen isn't the most intuitive or driver-friendly of all time, but the capable 3.5-liter V6 engine with 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque makes up for what it might lack. The ES 300h hybrid version provides equal luxury but saves fuel with its gasoline-electric powertrain.
4. 2016 Buick Verano
The Verano was Buick's rather brief recent foray into the compact car segment. It wasn't a huge sales success, and Buick subsequently eliminated the model, but it remains a good choice as a high-mileage used car. The 2016 version is a pleasant combination of relatively simple mechanical components with a quiet and comfortable luxury-style interior. In fact, the interior often makes you forget you're in a car the size of a Toyota Corolla. All 2016 Veranos have alloy wheels, remote entry/start, dual-zone climate control, a split-folding rear seat, and a backup camera. Its 7-inch touchscreen is the gateway to an easy-to-use entertainment setup. If you seek the Verano most likely to surpass 100,000 miles, buy one with the 180-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, good for 24 mpg combined. The optional 250-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four might be harder to maintain.
5. 2016 Toyota Avalon
A larger version of the Toyota Camry, the first-generation Toyota Avalons were extremely reliable, high-quality vehicles, but their exterior appearance and interior style left something to be desired. That changed for the better with subsequent generations of the model, and the 2016 Avalon is excellent all around. Alloy wheels, automatic headlamps, LED taillights, heated/powered side mirrors, and dual-zone climate control all came standard, though the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system suffers from Toyota's former reluctance to embrace AppleCarPlay and Android Auto. Some 2016 Avalons have an 11-speaker JBL audio system, wireless phone charging, and an upgraded infotainment system with navigation. Like a couple of other vehicles on this list, the Avalon features Toyota's 3.5-liter V6 that is so well-regarded for its longevity and more-than-reasonable 30 mpg on the highway. A hybrid powertrain is also available with slower acceleration but even better gas mileage.
6. 2016 Kia Soul
The Kia Soul subcompact hatchback is one of the most versatile cars per dollar available in the United States. Happily, the car isn't just inexpensive but also very well-built and reliable. Shaped a bit like one box stacked on another, the Soul's unexpectedly roomy interior makes it great for hauling combinations of people and stuff. Up to five can ride comfortably with cargo space enough to suit them. Standard features on even the lowest level 2016 Souls include 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks and a six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth. Common options include touchscreen audio, a rearview camera, and satellite radio, but you can also get bigger wheels, leather upholstery, and two-tone exterior paint. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 130 horsepower motivates the base model and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 164 horsepower does the same for upper-level models. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard in all but the base model, where you might find a six-speed manual.
7. 2016 Toyota Corolla
The Toyota Corolla is one of the best-selling cars of all time, and a key reason for its success is its durability. The 2016 Corolla is an excellent choice as a high-mileage used car because it sits in the middle of a very well-regarded Corolla generation. The front-drive compact five-passenger Corolla is powered by a 132-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. Corollas equipped with the continuously variable transmission offer fuel economy of 34 mpg combined, while Corollas with conventional automatic transmission turning in 32 mpg. Some Corollas are very basic cars with minimal equipment, but you can also find 2016 models with navigation, heated seats, and a power-operated moonroof. Even the base model has LED headlights, daytime running lights, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, Bluetooth, and a four-speaker audio system.
8. 2016 Hyundai Accent
The Hyundai Accent has very quietly assumed a place among the most reliable and economical small cars available in the U.S., and it is a solid candidate to turn in 100,000 trouble-free miles. Available as a sedan or hatchback, the front-drive Accent is roomy enough for five, and in the Hyundai tradition, it is feature-filled. The base model features a manually adjustable driver seat, tilt steering wheel, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, remote entry, and a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio. It is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 137 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is impressive with an EPA rating of 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. Options like LED auxiliary lights, a rear spoiler, and alloy wheels can dress the car up.
9. 2016 Toyota Prius
The Toyota Prius is the vehicle most Americans think of when they hear the term hybrid. And beyond its outstanding fuel economy, the Prius has also proven to be a model that delivers praiseworthy longevity. You won't win many stoplight drag races, but 100,000 miles is an easy target for a 2016 Prius, and many owners get much more. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine is supplemented by an electric motor powered by an onboard battery pack. All 2016 Priuses have alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED tail lamps, heated/powered side mirrors, and remote entry and start. Standard features also include automatic climate control, dual 4.2-inch information screens, and a 6.1-inch touchscreen display along with a six-speaker audio system. Some examples of the 2016 Prius will have upgraded equipment that could include wireless phone charging, a collision mitigation system, heated front seats, and a sunroof.
10. 2016 Buick LaCrosse
The Buick LaCrosse is a full-size sedan that has built a reputation for reliability and low-key luxury. The LaCrosse's interior is its best feature. It is attractive, features luxury materials, and is laudably quiet. Part of a model generation that began in 2010, the 2016 model has some valuable features that previous years lacked, most notably Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 2016s also have a backup camera and an available Wi-Fi hotspot. In many instances, if you are looking for affordable transportation, a model's base engine is the best choice — but in the LaCrosse, the optional 303-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 is the one to get. The LaCrosse eAssist mild-hybrid models with a four-cylinder engine supplemented by an electric motor have just 182 horsepower, which is barely adequate in such a big car. The 2016 LaCrosse earned a Good rating (the highest offered) in its Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, and it earned an overall five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.