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Table 1-26: Average Age of Automobiles and Trucks in Operation in the United States

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YearPassenger CarsLight TrucksAll Light Vehicles
19958.48.38.4
19968.58.38.5
19978.78.58.6
19988.98.58.8
19999.18.58.8
20009.18.48.9
20019.38.48.9
20029.89.49.6
20039.99.59.7
200410.09.59.8
200510.19.59.8
200610.29.59.9
200710.39.610.0
200810.49.810.1
200910.510.110.3
201010.810.510.6
201111.110.810.9
201211.311.111.2
201311.411.311.4
201411.411.411.4

Average age of household vehicles for several yearsa

 AutomobileVanSport utilityPickupOther truckRV/motor home
19695.1UUUUU
19775.56.4U7.311.64.5
19837.28.5U8.512.410.7
19907.65.9U8.414.510.4
19958.26.76.69.714.913.2
20018.57.06.19.416.812.5
20099.58.77.111.217.816.0

KEY: RV = recreational vehicle; U = data are unavailable.

a The 1969, 1977, 1983, and 1990 surveys do not include a separate category for sports utility vehicles (SUV), while the 1995, 2001 and 2009 surveys do. In 1990, most SUVs were classified as automobiles.

NOTE

Data for average age of automobiles are as of July 1 of each year, except in 2009, the data are as of October 1.

SOURCES

Average age of automobiles:

The R.L. Polk Co., Average Age of Vehicles on the Road Remains Steady at 11.4 years, According to IHS Automotive, available at http://press.ihs.com/news_releases/automotive as of May 26, 2015.

Average age of household vehicles:

U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 1995 Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey: Summary of Travel Trends (Washington, DC: 1999); U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 2001 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) Data, available at http://nhts.ornl.gov as of September 2009; 2009 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) Data, personal communication, Aug. 9, 2011.

Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2017