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A Honda Civic can easily last for over 300,000 miles if maintained and taken care of. An extremely well maintained Honda Civic can last over 500,000 miles. Even a Honda Civic that's been neglected and abused can last well over 200,000 miles!
Over the years the Honda Civic has built a reputation for being a reliable car that gets good gas mileage and that can be bought for an economical price.
Honda, a japanese car maker, first released the Civic to the United States in 1973 selling 32,575 cars. By 2021 the Civic has sold over 7.3 million cars in the USA.
The longevity of the Honda Civic stacks up relatively well versus other small cars.
Scroll down to find the bolded Honda Civic % of vehicles for sale. The %=vehicles for sale / total produced.
A higher percentage for sale may indicate that more vehicles are still road worthy and deemed saleable than another with a lower percentage.
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|Make Model||Years Of Sales Data||Total Vehicles Produced||Vehicles For Sale (>200k miles)||% For Sale||Annual Maintenance Costs||Annual Insurance Costs|
|Toyota Tacoma||2000 to 2012||1,903,479||317||0.01665%||626||1338|
|Cadillac Escalade||2000 to 2012||353,524||52||0.01471%||373||1684|
|Toyota Highlander||2009 to 2012||285,943||40||0.01399%||540||1410|
|Ford Edge||2006 to 2010||450,309||50||0.01110%||409||1296|
|Subaru Outback||2000 to 2012||903,166||94||0.01041%||515||1378|
|Honda Accord||2000 to 2012||4,660,421||332||0.00712%||360||1310|
|Jeep Wrangler||2000 to 2012||1,166,707||81||0.00694%||462||1256|
|Toyota Camry||2000 to 2012||5,270,729||340||0.00645%||489||1432|
|Nissan Frontier||2000 to 2012||844,962||53||0.00627%||420||1394|
|Jeep Grand Cherokee||2000 to 2012||2,074,148||127||0.00612%||492||1414|
|Honda Civic||2000 to 2012||3,932,856||229||0.00582%||306||1536|
|Dodge Durango||2000 to 2012||1,007,796||57||0.00566%||477||1440|
|Subaru Forester||2000 to 2012||809,230||36||0.00445%||563||1346|
|Hyundai Santa Fe||2000 to 2012||955,135||42||0.00440%||615||1386|
|Chrysler 300||2003 to 2012||791,297||29||0.00366%||557||1548|
|Toyota Corolla||2000 to 2012||3,933,414||144||0.00366%||479||1400|
|Nissan Altima||2000 to 2012||2,971,271||86||0.00289%||362||1446|
|Volkswagen Jetta||2000 to 2012||1,628,565||44||0.00270%||414||1414|
|Nissan Rogue||2007 to 2010||267,598||7||0.00262%||398||1412|
|Hyundai Sonata||2000 to 2012||1,681,992||43||0.00256%||579||1426|
|Ford Focus||2000 to 2012||2,716,831||67||0.00247%||547||1358|
From the table above we can see that there are roughly twice as many Honda Civics still on the road than Ford Focuses, Volkswagen Jettas and Hyundai Sonatas per vehicle produced (2000-2012 model years with more than 200,000 miles on the odometer).
However, notice that there are less than half as many Honda Civics for sale versus vehicles produced than bigger sturdier built vehicles such as the Toyota Tacoma, Cadillac Escalade and the Toyota Highlander.
Also, compared to larger cars such as the Honda Accord, Subaru Outback and Toyota Camry, the Honda Civic scores significantly less as well.
Factors To Longevity
Multiple factors determine how long a vehicle will last on the road. They include maintenance costs, insurance costs, reliability, insurance costs and trade-in value.
Maintenance costs have a large influence on how long a vehicle will last on the road. If a vehicle is cheap to maintain it will make more economic sense to keep the vehicle on the road as it gets up in age.
According to yourmechanic.com the Honda Civic has an average annual maintenance cost of $306 USD.
This compares well with the Volkswagen Jetta ($414) and Ford Focus ($547).
Keep in mind that for model years 2001 and prior all Honda Civics had timing belts which require replacement approximately every 60,000 - 100,000 miles. Timing belt replacements are somewhat pricey normally ranging from $600 to $1000.
Insurance costs can also influence how long a vehicle will be on the road. Low insurance costs incentivize an owner to maintain and keep their vehicle on the road as opposed to paying higher costs on a newer vehicle.
According to www.quoteinspector.comthe Honda Civic has an average annual insurance cost of $1536 USD. This is a bit higher than the Volkswagen Jetta ($1414) and Ford Focus ($1358).
Reliability / Complaints
According to carcomplaints.com the 3 main complaints are:
- Transmission failure, 2001 Honda Civic, Avg. cost to fix: $2300, Avg. miles: 104,000 miles
- Transmission failure, 2002 Honda Civic, Avg. cost to fix: $2300, Avg. miles: 110,000 miles
- Cracked engine block, 2006 Honda Civic, Avg. cost to fix: $2900, Avg. miles: 97,000 miles
Carcomplaints.com ranks the 2001 Honda Civic as the worst Civic overall having the most complaints and having the highest maintenance costs.
Depreciation / Trade-In-Value
Cars that retain their value will oftentimes be kept on the road longer than cars that lose their value quickly and end up quickly being worth little.
If you're looking for a vehicle that will last you many miles the Honda Civic makes an excellent choice. If taken care of the Civic can give you over 500,000 trouble free miles!