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Average Age of Automobiles and Trucks in Operation in the United States
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:
The R.L. Polk Co., Vehicles Getting Older: Average Age of Light Cars and Trucks in U.S. Rises Again in 2016 to 11.6 Years, IHS Markit Says, available at http://press.ihs.com/news_releases/automotive as of May 19, 2017.
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.