The irony of sports cars is that the cars most closely associated with “pure” “joy” of driving usually get treated with kid gloves and nearly never do as much driving as cars that are uncharitably compared to appliances. But a few sports cars aren’t that way and none is likelier to make it to 150,000 miles than the Audi TT.
Now, I recognize that irony isn’t stupidity. Of course a car with loads of horsepower doesn’t get as much driving action as one that sips fuel and sits comfortably. But it remains encouraging to hear that the Audi TT gets to do so much driving.
With 4.4% TTs making it to 150,000 miles, according to iseecars.com, the little Audi is considerably more likely to get there than the second-place Miata (2.8%) and the third-place Mustang (2.5). More impressively, on average only 1.1% of sports car make it 150,000 miles.
“The Audi TT, the Mazda Miata, and the Ford Mustang are among the lower-priced vehicles in the sports car segment, which suggest that they appeal to more practical buyers who keep them on the road for longer,” says Phong Ly, iSeeCars CEO.
The TT may also have the advantage of having AWD. And while that’s not entirely uncommon in the sports and supercar segment now, it does make it stand out among lower-cost sports cars–though not unique.
Weirdly, though, despite far outperforming the Miata to 150,000 miles, fewer TTs make it to 200,000 miles. While 0.6% of Miatas make the bicentennial, just 0.4% of TTs make it.
That still puts the TT at twice as long-lasting as the average sports car but does inspire begrudging respect for Miata owners.
Neither is as long-lasting as the average car, though, of which 0.8% make it 200,000 miles. The Toyota Sequoia, meanwhile, is the most durable, with 7.4% making it to the 200,000-mile mark.
a version of this article first appeared on fourtitude.com