Like-Model Comparison When Ranking Vehicles, i.e. Full-Size with Full-Size
I recently read an article by Jeremy Korzeniewski regarding pickup trucks likely to pass the 200,000 mile mark. As is the case these days, media covers only what is current, in this sense, meaning newer vehicles within a five-year span. Additionally, he included full-size trucks with mid-size trucks. This is like comparing apples with oranges. The two types of models have varying load capabilities regardless of manufacturer. The research should reflect a span of vehicles beyond the "five-year" span. Maintenance of any vehicle is the true basis of how long it will last. Personally, I ordered an F-150 Heritage in 2004. It is just over 175,000 miles and is still going strong. I have hauled loads of rock, gravel, wood, building materials, computers, etc. The rear shocks are the original parts yet to be changes. I have kept maintenance up on it since day one. I've walked the used car lot of the Ford dealer when I have maintenance done and am amazed at how many vehicles within the past five years are on the used car lot. Most of them have an average of 20,000 to 45,000. The manufacturer and models vary, but it makes me wonder what's wrong with the vehicle if it has low mileage. Deeper research and "same-model" comparison that includes maintenance will provide the consumer with sound information to purchase a vehicle. I have yet to see a Honda pick-up haul full sheets of plywood and/or sheet rock, rocks, gravel, or cinder-block in large loads. I've made many trips to the local Home Depot when the contractors are there in the morning. Honda's and Tacoma's aren't the popular vehicle if you were to take a parking lot survey there at that time.