20 Aug Four of the best old cars still on the road in 2019
Every now and then, you’ll read about a faithful driver who, having commuted to work every day for their entire working life, hits the million mile mark on their car. It’s an impressive feat, but as more and more cars stay on the road for a longer time, patterns are emerging as to which cars are truly built for the long haul. With that in mind, here’s a look at four long-lived vehicles that are still chugging along decades after their release.
Honda Accord: Long considered the gold standard for frugal drivers looking to squeeze every last mile out of their ride, the Honda Accord is a road warrior. First built as a sedan in 1976 (with a hatchback option), then as a coupe from 1987 until 2017, the Honda Accord regularly tops lists of longest-lasting cars on the road. In fact, consumer advocate Clark Howard recently named it as one of the top cars likely to provide headache-free driving for at least 200,000 miles.
Volvo 240: We can’t forget the Swedes and their utilitarian tanks better known as the Volvo 240. In the ‘80s, it was hard to miss these boxy workhorses all over the roads. Dreamed up by the late Volvo Chief Designer Jan Wilsgaard in 1973, these cars were produced until 1993, with nearly three million units sold worldwide, and were often referred to as “bricks” (extremely safe bricks, at that.) Offered in four- and six-cylinder varieties, the 240 was eventually phased out in favor of the 260, but when you see an older Volvo on the roads these days, it’s likely to be a 240.
Geo Metro: Built in the early 1990s, the Metro boasted a whopping 53/58 mpg fuel rating, making it a model well ahead of its time, especially back when gas was cheap. This subcompact wasn’t much to look at, but it was reliable as all get-out. U.S. News takes a closer look at this cult classic.
Chevy Silverado: Lest we forget the truck fans out there, we present the Chevy Silverado, specifically the mid-2000s models. Newer than most cars on this list, the Silverado is a worthy entry because its owners tend to put them through punishing conditions – from rain and snow to mountains and mud – which makes it especially interesting to learn that these trucks can still easily fetch more than $10,000 a full 20 years after their release. Built on the same chassis as the GMC Sierra, the Silverado has sold more than 14 million units since its debut in 1998. These heavy-duty pickups – which are still made – are offered in two- and four-door varieties with regular, double and crew cab options. Safe and reliable, the Silverado can last quite a while, as evidenced by one couple who drove theirs for 1.6 million miles in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Will today’s cars hold up as well? Only time can answer that.