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

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Year Passenger Cars Light Trucks All Light Vehicles
1995 8.4 8.3 8.4
1996 8.5 8.3 8.5
1997 8.7 8.5 8.6
1998 8.9 8.5 8.8
1999 9.1 8.5 8.8
2000 9.1 8.4 8.9
2001 9.3 8.4 8.9
2002 9.8 9.4 9.6
2003 9.9 9.5 9.7
2004 10.0 9.5 9.8
2005 10.1 9.5 9.8
2006 10.2 9.5 9.9
2007 10.3 9.6 10.0
2008 10.4 9.8 10.1
2009 10.5 10.1 10.3
2010 10.8 10.5 10.6
2011 11.1 10.8 10.9
2012 11.3 11.1 11.2
2013 11.4 11.3 11.4
2014 11.4 11.4 11.4
2015 11.5 11.5 11.5
2016 11.6 11.6 11.6

 

Average age of household vehicles for several years(a)

  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
2009 9.5 8.7 7.1 11.2 17.8 16.0

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., 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, Aug. 9, 2011.