Average Age of Automobiles and Trucks in Operation in the United States
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Data for average age of automobiles are as of July 1 of each year, except in 2009, the data are as of October 1.
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, 2009 and 2017 surveys do. In 1990, most SUVs were classified as automobiles.
Average age of automobiles:
1995-2001: IHS Markit Co., Average Age of Light Cars and Trucks in U.S, (Annual release), available at https://news.ihsmarkit.com/news-releases.
2002-16: U.S. Department of Energy, Vehicle Technologies Office, Average Age of Cars and Light Trucks, 2002-2016, available at https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2017/09/f37/fotw%23997_web.xlsx as of Sep. 17, 2019.
2017: Wolf Street Co., Average Age of Cars & Trucks by Household Income and Vehicle Type over Time, available at https://wolfstreet.com/2018/08/21/average-age-of-cars-trucks-vehicles-by-household-income-vehicle-type/ as of Sep. 17, 2019.
2018-19: IHS Markit Co., Average Age of Cars and Light Trucks in U.S. Rises Again in 2019 to 11.8 Years, IHS Markit Says, available at https://news.ihsmarkit.com/press-release/automotive/average-age-cars-and-light-trucks-us-rises-again-2019-118-years-ihs-markit- as of Sep. 17, 2019.
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, 2017 National Household Travel Survey available at https://nhts.ornl.gov/ as of May 17, 2018.