About a month ago, I got a call from my buddy, Fred. Knowing how much I love SUVs, he said “Yo Larry, do you know how many miles an SUV can last? I think I want one.”

We had a long chat.

… Today, I feel good knowing that I helped my friend make the right choice.

If you find yourself asking the same question as Fred – how many miles can an SUV last?

Then you probably want to fix your eyes to your screen cos you’ll get a detailed answer right here

Before that, do you still think an SUV and a Truck are the same? Well, they are definitely not what you think. Find out the truth.

Also, read this If you still get confused about the different types of SUVs?

SUV Age and Mileage – All Explained

What is Mileage?

A car mileage refers to the total distance a car has traveled since it was manufacture. This reading is visible on a vehicle’s odometer.

On a monthly usage, a typical car will usually do about 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers). If you do the math, that equates to 12,000 miles (19,200 kilometers) each year. These average figures can be used to estimate a car’s mileage.

The number of miles on a vehicle’s odometer is one of the most significant factors used to determine the condition and price of used cars.

Mileage indicates the amount of wear and tear the vehicle has sustained over time. In the real sense, a vehicle that has covered more miles has more wear and tear, but one with 60,000 miles on the odometer can easily be in worse shape than one with 120,000 miles.

It is worth mentioning that a car’s life expectancy isn’t determined by miles driven.

As mentioned earlier, mileage is just one indicator of a vehicle’s condition.

Having a high-mileage vehicle means you need to treat it right, show it more love and care if you want to get continued performance from it.

What’s the average life expectancy of an SUV?

Every car has a life expectancy.  According to most manufacturers, putting 12,000 to 15,000 miles on your car per year is considered as “average.” An SUV driven more than that is regarded high-mileage.

But in spite of this, it has been proven that with good care and proper maintenance, a car can have a life expectancy of about 200,000 miles.

Most modern SUVs today can easily reach the 200,000-mile mark without experiencing any significant problems. This predicted longevity however assumes that vehicles in question are serviced regularly and well maintained.

What happens after 200,000 Miles?

For a new car doing an average of 12,000 miles per year, it will take 16 years to hit 200,000 miles

Supposing you purchased a used SUV or perhaps yours has high mileage because you drive it often.

When the odometer hits 200,000 miles, in one more mile it will tick over to 200,001.

Your vehicle doesn’t just turn off and expire. Not at all.

The truth is that nothing happens to the vehicle. If you’ve been religious with its maintenance, then it will continue going further.

What’s a good SUV mileage?

Although mileage can be a bit misleading, you can determine a good mileage by multiplying the average miles covered each year, 12,000 by its age. That means a good mileage for a 5-year-old car is 60,000. A significant difference whether higher or lower would indicate a looming problem in the future.


Keeping your SUV in shape to last longer – How to maintain an SUV with high mileage

If you have plans of getting a new vehicle soon, it’s human of us and natural that we gradually begin to lose attention for our present car most especially when it’s an old car.

But what if getting another vehicle isn’t on your priority at the moment, how do you maintain an SUV with high mileage?

If you don’t plan on getting another vehicle any time soon. You need to ensure that your current one is in good shape and properly taken care of to ensure it keeps serving you well.

For a high-mileage SUV, a little more effort is required compared to owning a vehicle that’s reading, say, 50,000 miles on the clock. More than ever, you have to take more responsibility for maintenance.

  • It’s important you listen to your car, fix things as they need it.
  • Also, keep your oil changed periodically as due.
  • Check the coolant levels, tyre pressure, and tread depth
  • Keep the number plate and lights clean. On monthly basis, the washer fluid should also be kept topped up.

Honestly speaking, maintenance helps them last far beyond what many people have come to expect

Wait a minute!

What if I told you there are SUVs that can go beyond 350,000 miles?

Sounds crazy right? But it’s true.

We’ll be doing a round-up of some of the best SUVs that last longest (they are the ultimate beast). Here’s a teaser! Some of your favorite brands are on that list.

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Also, 100% certain you’re going to love this.

In a couple of days, we’ll be launching a resourceful guide that will teach you how to maintain your SUV – the right way. This will be a premium e-Book and we’ll be giving it FREE of charge but only to members of our inner circle.

The inner circle is a community of proud SUV owners who share their knowledge of having an SUV.

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About the Author

Larry Cruise


I know a lot about cars, man. I can look at any car's headlights and tell you exactly which way it's coming.

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