FOTW #1095, August 19, 2019: The Average Age of Light-Duty Vehicles Has Increased to 11.8 Years

August 19, 2019

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According to IHS Markit data, the average age of all light-duty vehicles in the U.S. was 11.8 years as of January 1, 2019, but the average age is not consistent throughout the United States. Light-duty vehicles in the West had an average age of 12.4 years in 2019, 1.5 years higher than the Northeast, which had a 10.9-year average age. Average vehicle ages in the Northeast and Southwest have been lower than the other regions since 2002. The average age for Midwest vehicles grew by 2.6 years from 2002 to 2019, to 12.0 years. IHS Markit indicated that the average vehicle age is rising due to improvements in technology and vehicle quality.

Graphic used with permission from IHS Markit.

U.S. Average Age of Light Vehicles by Region from 2002 to 2019. Regions include West, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, and Northeast.

Definition of Each Region in the IHS Markit Study

NortheastSoutheastMidwestSouthwestWest
MaineWest VirginiaOhioTexasColorado
MassachusettsVirginiaIndianaOklahomaWyoming
Rhode IslandKentuckyMichiganNew MexicoMontana
ConnecticutTennesseeIllinoisArizonaIdaho
New HampshireNorth CarolinaMissouri Washington
VermontSouth CarolinaWisconsin Oregon
New YorkGeorgiaMinnesota Utah
PennsylvaniaAlabamaIowa Nevada
New JerseyMississippiKansas California
DelawareArkansasNebraska Alaska
MarylandLouisianaSouth Dakota Hawaii
 FloridaNorth Dakota  

Source: IHS Markit, “Average Age of Cars and Light Trucks in U.S. Rises Again in 2019 to 11.8 Years, IHS Markit Says,” Press Release, Thursday, June 27, 2019.

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