What Consumers Drive... Drives the Auto Industry

Our customers use their vehicles in many diverse ways — for business, with family, and in the pursuit of fun. With so many different consumer needs, automakers must offer a wide range of vehicle choices to fit every lifestyle.

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How consumers use their vehicles is evident in the latest sales data.

In 2017, Americans continued to favor light trucks (SUVs, vans and pickups). Nationwide, 65% of total new vehicle sales were light trucks, compared to 35% for new cars. In 47 states more than half of new vehicle sales were light trucks.

Auto buyers shopping for new vehicles now have more energy-efficient vehicles to choose from than ever. More than 490 models on sale today achieve high mileage (30+ MPG highway), including 43 hybrids, 19 plug-in hybrids, and 30 electric vehicles. And, traditional gasoline engines are getting increasingly fuel efficient as a result of new technologies.

Across America, consumers make new vehicle choices based on their own needs and preferences.

See What Your State Drives

Every state is different. Choose your location and see the 2016 sales data for different classes and types of vehicles.

Average Age of Vehicle

Nationwide Rankings by State

  • No. 1 Montana 14.3
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  • No. 51 Oklahoma 9.3
Figures compiled by Auto Alliance with data provided by IHS Markit as of December 31, 2017. See State
Rankings

Average Age of Vehicle Ranked by State

Rank State Average Age of Vehicle
1 Montana 14.3
2 Idaho 14.3
3 Alaska 13.6
4 Washington 13.6
5 Oregon 13.5
6 Alabama 13.2
7 Wyoming 13.2
8 South Dakota 13.1
9 Kentucky 13.0
10 Kansas 13.0
11 Tennessee 13.0
12 Nebraska 13.0
13 Mississippi 12.9
14 South Carolina 12.9
15 New Mexico 12.6
16 Indiana 12.6
17 Iowa 12.5
18 North Carolina 12.5
19 Arkansas 12.3
20 North Dakota 12.3
21 Colorado 12.2
22 West Virginia 12.2
23 Missouri 12.2
24 Utah 12.1
25 Minnesota 12.0
26 Virginia 12.0
27 Georgia 11.9
28 Wisconsin 11.8
29 Arizona 11.8
30 District Of Columbia 11.6
31 Nevada 11.5
32 Ohio 11.5
33 Pennsylvania 11.5
34 Maine 11.3
35 California 11.3
36 Louisiana 11.3
37 Rhode Island 11.2
38 Illinois 11.1
39 Connecticut 11.0
40 Hawaii 11.0
41 Delaware 10.9
42 Michigan 10.7
43 Maryland 10.6
44 Texas 10.4
45 Florida 10.1
46 New Hampshire 10.1
47 Vermont 10.0
48 Massachusetts 10.0
49 New Jersey 9.9
50 New York 9.6
51 Oklahoma 9.3

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