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 2016, Americans continued to favor light trucks (SUVs, vans and pickups). Nationwide, 61% of total new vehicle sales were light trucks, compared to 39% 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 480 models on sale today achieve high mileage (30+ MPG highway), including 50 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.

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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 15.3
  • No. 19 Tennessee 12.3
  • No. 51 Massachusetts 9.4
Figures compiled by Auto Alliance with data provided by IHS Markit represent new vehicle registrations between January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016. See State
Rankings

Average Age of Vehicle Ranked by State

Rank State Average Age of Vehicle
1 Montana 15.3
2 Idaho 14.1
3 Wyoming 13.4
4 Oregon 13.4
5 Alabama 13.4
6 Alaska 13.4
7 Washington 13.4
8 Mississippi 13.1
9 South Dakota 13.1
10 Nebraska 13.0
11 Kansas 13.0
12 New Mexico 12.6
13 Kentucky 12.5
14 South Carolina 12.5
15 District Of Columbia 12.4
16 Iowa 12.4
17 Colorado 12.3
18 Arkansas 12.3
19 Tennessee 12.3
20 North Dakota 12.1
21 Indiana 12.0
22 Arizona 11.9
23 Missouri 11.9
24 West Virginia 11.8
25 North Carolina 11.8
26 Utah 11.8
27 Georgia 11.7
28 Minnesota 11.6
29 Virginia 11.6
30 Nevada 11.3
31 Pennsylvania 11.2
32 Hawaii 11.1
33 Wisconsin 11.1
34 Ohio 11.1
35 California 10.8
36 Louisiana 10.8
37 Maine 10.8
38 Connecticut 10.6
39 Rhode Island 10.6
40 Maryland 10.5
41 Illinois 10.5
42 Michigan 10.4
43 Delaware 10.4
44 Florida 10.2
45 New Jersey 9.8
46 Texas 9.7
47 New Hampshire 9.6
48 Oklahoma 9.6
49 New York 9.5
50 Vermont 9.5
51 Massachusetts 9.4

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