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The average age for cars and light trucks continues to rise as consumers hold onto their vehicles longer. Between 1995 and 2011, the average age for cars increased by 32% from 8.4 years to 11.1 years. For light trucks, the average age increased by 25% during that same period from 8.3 years to 10.4 years. The popularity of SUVs and minivans through the 1990s resulted in more new truck sales, bringing down the average age for all light trucks as shown in the figure below.

Average Age of Cars and Light Trucks, 1995-2011
Graphic showing the average age of cars and light trucks from 1995 to 2011. The average age for cars and light trucks continues to rise. For more detailed information, see supporting information below.

Supporting Information

Average Age of Passenger Cars and Light Trucks (Years)
Year Passenger Cars Light Trucks Total 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 9.4 8.4 9.0
2003 9.6 8.5 9.1
2004 9.8 8.6 9.4
2005 10.1 8.7 9.5
2006 10.3 8.9 9.7
2007 10.4 9.0 9.8
2008 10.6 9.3 10.0
2009 10.8 9.8 10.3
2010 11.0 10.1 10.6
2011 11.1 10.4 10.8

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