Transportation Economic Trends

Household Spending on Transportation:

Spending per Vehicle-Mile

The cost to own and operate a motor vehicle influences many personal decisions, including where people live and work. This page presents data on average per-mile costs to own and operate a motor vehicle.
2018 Year-in-Review
On average, it costs $0.62 per mile to operate and maintain a new vehicle in 2019, assuming the owner drives it 15,000 miles per year.

Per-Mile Vehicle Costs
The American Automobile Association (AAA) collects data on automobile operating costs annually and publishes per-mile cost estimates for new vehicles driven 15,000 miles a year for 5 years.
The largest vehicle expense is ownership costs. Ownership costs include depreciation, vehicle insurance, license and registration fees, and finance charges. 


Recommended citation
U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Transportation Economic Trends, available at

Bureau of Transportation Statistics
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, is the preeminent source of statistics on commercial aviation, multimodal freight activity, and transportation economics, and provides context to decision makers and the public for understanding statistics on transportation.