CNET’s Top 5 Most Durable Cars

Odometer (Legend):  532,046


Odometer (ILX):  107,890



“Lord of Odometers”?  Well now, I must say that’s a first!  My coworker Derek coined that nickname for me in an email today at the office.


Derek bought his new Audi A5 Cabriolet in May, and I took it for a spin back then.  It appears that he’s now mastered the art of pre-meditated odometer photos (learning from the best, of course!) as he pulled off this feat:


That’s right, my friends.  Radio station set to “60’s on channel 6,” driving 6 miles per hour, with 6666 miles on the odometer and 666.6 miles on the trip meter.  Now, if only it had been 9 degrees warmer it would have been 66 degrees Fahrenheit, too!  Man, Derek was on a roll with this one.  Congrats to him!  For some of my odometer pics from over the years, you can see my post Odometer Photo Phrenzy.


Alright, all you high-milers.  What makes and models do you feel are most likely to run the longest?  Brian Cooley of CNET (who, BTW, I got to meet at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show!) has summarized the top 5 most durable cars according to data from RL Polk.  The average car on the road today is 11.4 years old.  Not surprisingly, Honda’s Accord tops the list.  See for yourself:

NSX talk:  It was three years ago, in January 2012, when the “Concept” Acura NSX debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.  That same day, Acura showed us the all-new ILX compact sport sedan and the latest generation RDX SUV.  I was in attendance for the festivities.  Now, it’s finally time for the rubber to hit the road with regard to Acura’s latest NSX supercar.  After extensive engineering & development, the production version of the twin-turbo NSX will roll out before the public eye on January 12, 2015.


I’m excited for the opportunity to attend, and you can bet I’ll do my best to snag a front-row seat for the occasion.  For those of you who wish to participate from the comfort of your desk chair, you’ll want to tune in at 11:50 a.m. (Eastern time) to Acura’s YouTube channel.  Here’s a teaser that’s been posted in the meantime:

Looks and sounds like a pretty mean ride to me.  Have a great Friday & weekend!

15 Responses to “CNET’s Top 5 Most Durable Cars”

  1. Shaubhik Roy Says:

    Tyson, I would definitely have to put the Honda Accord and the Honda Civic on the list. Their suspensions can take a beating as well. I still haven’t replaced the original shocks/struts yet, and I am at 205,000 miles or so. Here is an important note for Honda engines and other manufacturers as well: Adjust your valves! Not every vehicle uses a hydraulic lifter. Ok, let’s hear some other opinions!

    • I haven’t done struts on my Legend, either. Ride is still decent! I had a dream last night I still owned my first car, the 1986 Chevy Celebrity. Now that thing was a bounce machine.

  2. Shaubhik Roy Says:

    It looks like I need new rear shocks. I was also told my brake drums (original) need to be replaced. I declined on both. If it ain’t broke don’t fix.

  3. Hmm…. 666,666 miles in the Legend, going 66mph and getting 66mpg in 66 degree weather?

  4. We need a sedan update . . . . ok, it’s just me . . . but anyway

  5. Most durable cars..well sure there are many more top ones. One I would have to add is just about any old Chrysler with a slant six. Or the 1980 Chevy Malibu that I could never seem to kill..and I tried

  6. Funny you ask. I bought it from a friend of my Mother with about 80k miles. Had a small v6 with no power and was an ugly green 4dr. But for $800 it was good transportation. I drove it everywhere and brought it up to close to 200k miles. By then it had its issues and I sold it to a guy who was from Europe on vacation here in the US for the summer. He paid me a few hundred and claimed he was taking it to Utah and around other western states. I bet that old Chevy made it too

  7. I’m hoping Acura will tweak it just a bit to give a bit of a surprise at the unveil

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