Table 1-25: Median Age of Automobiles and Trucks in Operation in the United StatesMean age of household vehicles for several yearsc

Table 1-25: Median Age of Automobiles and Trucks in Operation in the United States

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Year Automobiles Light trucksa All trucksb
1990 6.5 U 6.5
1991 6.7 U 6.8
1992 7.0 U 7.2
1993 7.3 7.1 7.5
1994 7.5 7.2 7.5
1995 7.7 7.4 7.6
1996 7.9 7.5 7.7
1997 8.1 7.3 7.8
1998 8.3 7.1 7.6
1999 8.3 6.9 7.2
2000 8.3 6.7 6.9
2001 8.3 6.1 6.8
2002 8.4 6.6 6.8
2003 8.6 6.5 6.7
2004 8.9 6.4 6.6
2005 9.0 6.6 6.8
2006 9.2 6.8 6.9
2007 9.2 7.1 7.3
2008 9.4 7.5 7.6

Mean age of household vehicles for several yearsc

  Automobile Van Sport utility Pickup Other truck RV/motor home
1969 5.1 U U U U U
1977 5.5 6.4 U 7.3 11.6 4.5
1983 7.2 8.5 U 8.5 12.4 10.7
1990 7.6 5.9 U 8.4 14.5 10.4
1995 8.2 6.7 6.6 9.7 14.9 13.2
2001 8.5 7.0 6.1 9.4 16.8 12.5

KEY: U = data are unavailable.

a Gross vehicle weight 1-3.
b Gross vehicle weight 1-8.
c The 1969, 1977, 1983, and 1990 surveys do not include a separate category for sports utility vehicles (SUV), while the 1995 and 2001 surveys do. In 1990, most SUVs were classified as automobiles.

NOTE
Data for median age of automobiles are as of July 1 of each year.

SOURCES
Median age of automobiles:
The R.L. Polk Co., News, Latest News, U.S. Vehicle Median Age Increased in 2008, According To Polk, available at http://usa.polk.com/News/LatestNews/ as of July 29, 2009.
Mean 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.