Report: Average Car on U.S. Roads Still 11.4 Years Old


A new report by IHS Automotive says the average car on U.S. roads is 11.4 years old, which is the same as last year. The data reflects a plateau — if temporary — of America's aging vehicle fleet. Last year's 11.4-year average was the eighth straight year of increasing vehicle age.

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There are about 252.7 million light vehicles (i.e., not semitrailers or other heavy-duty commercial vehicles) on the road, which works out to around 79.5 cars per 100 Americans. That's up from 2013 (79 cars per 100 Americans) but down from the recession (83.2 cars per 100 Americans in 2007 and 2008) according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Polk. IHS purchased Polk, an analytics firm, in 2013.

IHS projects the average car's age will stay the same next year and then gradually rise to 11.7 years by 2019. photo by Joe Wiesenfelder

By Kelsey Mays | June 9, 2014 | Comments (8)



Given that 20 years ago the average car was 8 years old, this sounds like a 50% improvement in durability.


When I was growing up speedometers didn't go past 100,000 because cars were shot by 70,00.

The Japanese changed everything.


I get what John is saying. Maybe we've got the domestic cars we have today because the Japanese set the bar so high. My beater Tennessee made Camry is nearing 300,000 miles and still gets 33mpg HGWY. They designed them well.


My neighbor's Lexus has 300,000 miles on it with the original engine and transmission. He's the original owner and recently told me he's too attached to the car to ever think of getting rid of it.


Yea I'm average, my 03 is about to turn 260,000 mi

Bill Stevens

I just bought a new 2014 Accord. Still have my other "new" car - a 1989 Accord and I still love it, too, after 25 years together.


27,11,9. all fantastic, all German. where is the domestic crowd?

This just goes to show that buying a used car is a solid investment! If you do your research and buy from a reputable dealer, a used car can last a long time for less money than buying a new one.

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