rather than assuming one make/manufacturer is inherently better, look for certain things that will make any car last longer.
reliable engine (the 4 and 6 cylinders they put in jeeps are amazing) and the little (under 2liter) japanese engines last a long time too.
look for a manual transmission, it’s easier to replace a clutch/friction plate than a torque converter. plus you can feel if the gears are chewed up by a bad driver with a simple test drive
look for a car not driven by me (or someone like me). heavy footed, young, male, with job that pays well so we can afford to be hard on cars
if I had to suggest one particular car, the mazda 626 with 4cyl and manual tranny… they’re solidly built, pretty quick and fairly cheap to repair when bad things happen… but like I said, don’t buy it from me…
you can also look at production numbers… for example. the Chevy 350 v8 is the most produced engine on the planet (don’t ask for a site, I think I read it in car and driver while waiting at the dentists office)… so if you hurt it somehow, you can probably find replacement part(s) for it anywhere in the country and probably for cheap. eg2, if you look around you’ll see lots of 95, 96, 97 mazda 626s around, which again means parts are easier to come by…
just my 2cents