$7,967 Is how much a person driving a medium sedan 15,000 miles a year can expect to pay
AAA - March 28, 2006
In coming up with the estimates below, AAA figures in average fuel, routine maintenance, tires, insurance, license and registration, loan finance charges and depreciation costs. Fuel prices are based on late-2005 national averages.
AAA has been conducting this annual analysis since 1950. That year, driving a car 10,000 miles annually cost 9 cents a mile, and gasoline sold for 27 cents per gallon.
Composite national average cost per-mile for 2006: 52.2 cents
See below chart for a more detailed breakdown by miles driven and vehicle type.
With Your Driving Costs, AAA brings motorists the tools and advice they need to estimate their operating and ownership costs to get a better understanding of the total impact of their vehicles. The annual guide includes a worksheet for figuring your own costs.
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How Much Does It Cost to Drive?
2006 Vehicle: 10,000 Miles/Year // 15,000 Miles/Year // 20,000 Miles/Year
Small Sedan: 50.5 cents // 41.7 cents // 37.6 cents
Medium Sedan: 62.4 cents // 53.1 cents // 48.8 cents
Large Sedan: 72.9 cents // 61.9 cents // 56.5 cents
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle: 79.0 cents // 65.4 cents // 58.9 cents
Minivan: 71.3 cents // 59.2 cents // 53.5 cents
Fuel costs based on the late-2005 average gas price of $2.405 per gallon.
Small Sedan - Chevrolet Cobalt, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla.
Medium Sedan - Chevrolet Impala, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry.
Large Sedan - Buick Lucerne, Chrysler 300, Ford Five Hundred, Nissan Maxima and Toyota Avalon.
Because it incorporates significant changes to driving cost calculations -- most notably the averaging of costs for multiples top-selling vehicles in each size/type category -- this edition of Your Driving Costs is not comparable to previous editions. The changes in methodology are designed to provide more accurate driving costs and better reflect current consumer vehicle purchasing habits.