"During a certain era, automakers made vehicles that only lasted three years or so. But cars today can last over 200,000 miles if you maintain them to the letter of the law," says Jody Devere, CEO of AskPatty.com, a car web site for women. Pickups and SUVs on average last longer, she says. "When you think about what those vehicles are to be used for, it makes sense—they can carry more weight and are built for rougher driving conditions." But, she continues, all cars are now built to last if you take care of them.