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Honda, a Japanese carmaker, first released the Civic to the United States in 1973, selling 32,575 cars.
Estimations put total Honda Civic sales in the USA at 7.3 million cars by the 2021 year-end.
Over the years, the Honda Civic has built a reputation for being a reliable car with good fuel efficiency at an economical price.
A Honda Civic can easily last for over 300,000 miles with proper maintenance.
An exceptionally well-maintained Honda Civic can last over 500,000 miles.
Even an average Honda Civic that's been neglected and abused can last well over 200,000 miles!
This article will explain the following:
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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 roadworthy and deemed saleable than another with a lower percentage.
|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 roughly twice as many Honda Civics still on the road as Ford Focuses, Volkswagen Jettas, and Hyundai Sonatas per vehicle produced (2000-2012 model years with more than 200,000 miles on the odometer).
However, less than half as many Honda Civics are for sale compared to 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.
Multiple factors determine how long a vehicle will last on the road.
They include maintenance, insurance, reliability, and trade-in value.
Maintenance costs greatly influence how long a vehicle will last on the road.
If a vehicle is cheap to maintain, keeping the vehicle on the road will make more economic sense 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 that 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 instead of paying higher costs on a newer vehicle.
According to www.quoteinspector.com, the Honda Civic has an average annual insurance cost of $1536 USD. This is higher than the Volkswagen Jetta ($1414) and Ford Focus ($1358).
According to carcomplaints.com, the three main complaints are:
Carcomplaints.com ranks the 2001 Honda Civic as the worst Civic overall having the most complaints and having the highest maintenance costs.
Cars that retain their value will often be kept on the road longer than cars that lose their value quickly and quickly be worth little.
One trick to improve the depreciation rate of your Honda Civic is to use a properly sized steering wheel cover.
Suppose you're looking for a vehicle that will last you many miles. In that case, the Honda Civic makes an excellent choice because if taken care of, the Civic can give you over 500,000 trouble-free miles!