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How Much Does it Cost to Drive?

Following are AAA average per-mile costs and the composite average cost for three size categories of sedans:

AAA Average Costs Per Mile

Miles Per Year 10,000 15,000 20,000
Small Sedan 59.5 cents 46.4 cents 39.8 cents
Medium Sedan 78.0 cents 61.0 cents 52.3 cents
Large Sedan 97.5 cents 75.0 cents 63.5 cents
composite
average*
78.3
cents
60.8
cents
51.9
cents

* Detailed driving costs for small, medium and large sedans are provided on the driving cost page. Driving costs for four-wheel-drive sport utility vehicles and minivans are listed here. Though not part of the composite AAA average, SUV and minivan information is included to help buyers estimate operating costs for those type of vehicles.

Driving costs in each category are based on average costs for five top-selling 2012 models selected by AAA. By size category, they are:

  • Small sedan —Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla.
  • Medium sedan —Chevrolet Impala, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry.
  • Large sedan —Buick LaCrosse, Chrysler 300, Ford Taurus, Nissan Maxima and Toyota Avalon.

Selected SUV models include Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota 4Runner. Minivans include Dodge Grand Caravan, Kia Sedona, Honda Odyssey, Nissan Quest and Toyota Sienna.

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