Cars
Driving Costs for Cars
According to AAA
Auto Club, the following are national average permile costs and the
composite national average for three different cars. Click
here for driving costs for a 2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer LS and a 2005 Dodge Caravan
SXT. Costs for these two vehicles are not part of the composite national average

2005
Chevrolet Cavalier LS 4cyl.
(2.2 liter) 4door sedan 
2005
Ford Taurus SEL 6cyl. (3.0 liter) 4door sedan 
2005
Mercury Grand Marquis LS 8cyl. (4.6 liter) 4door sedan 
Average 
Operating
costs 
per mile 
per mile 
per mile 
per mile 
gas and oil 
6.9 cents 
8.5 cents 
9.3 cents 
8.2 cents 
maintenance 
4.7 cents 
5.8 cents 
5.4 cents 
5.3 cents 
tires 
0.5 cents 
0.7
cents 
0.5 cents 
0.6 cents 
cost per
mile 
12.1 cents 
15.0 cents 
15.2 cents 
14.1 cents 
Ownership
costs 
per
year 
per
year 
per
year 
per
year 
Insurance policy includes $100,000/$300,000
level coverage with $500 deductible for collision and $100 deductible for
comprehensive coverage 
$1,456 
$1,195 
$1,212 
$1,288 
license,
registration, taxes 
$333 
$390 
$445 
$389 
depreciation
(15,000 miles annually) 
$2,985 
$4,005 
$4,647 
$3,879 
finance
charge (10% down; loan @ 6.0%/5 yrs) 
$553 
$740 
$925 
$739 
cost per
year 
$5,327 
$6,330 
$7,229 
$6,295 
cost per
day 
$14.59 
$17.34 
$19.81 
$17.25 
Total Cost Per Mile

2005
Chevrolet Cavalier LS 4cyl. (2.2 liter) 4door sedan 
2005
Ford Taurus SEL 6cyl. (3.0 liter) 4door sedan 
2005
Mercury Grand Marquis LS 8cyl. (4.6 liter) 4door sedan 
Average 
15,000
total miles per year 
per year 
per year 
per year 
per year 
cost per
mile x 15,000 miles 
$1,815 
$2,250 
$2,280 
$2,115 
cost per day x 365 
$5,327 
$6,330 
$7,229 
$6,295 
total cost
per year 
$7,142 
$8,580 
$9,509 
$8,410 
total cost
per mile* 
47.6
cents 
57.2
cents 
63.4
cents 
56.1
cents 
20,000
total miles per year 
per
year 
per
year 
per
year 
per
year 
cost per
mile x 20,000 miles 
$2,420 
$3,000 
$3,040 
$2,820 
cost per day x 365 
$5,327 
$6,330 
$7,229 
$6,295 
increased depreciation** 
$650 
$950 
$1,175 
$925 
total cost
per year 
$8,397 
$10,280 
$11,444 
$10,040 
total cost per mile* 
42.0
cents 
51.4
cents 
57.2
cents 
50.2
cents 
10,000
total miles per year 
per
year 
per
year 
per
year 
per
year 
cost per
mile x 10,000 miles 
$1,210 
$1,500 
$1,520 
$1,410 
cost per day x 365 
$5,327 
$6,330 
$7,229 
$6,295 
decreased depreciation*** 
$550 
$925 
$1,175 
$883 
total cost
per year 
$5,987 
$6,905 
$7,574 
$6,822 
total cost
per mile* 
59.9
cents 
69.1
cents 
75.7
cents 
68.2
cents 
* total cost per year/total miles per
year
** increased depreciation for mileage over 15,000 miles/yr
*** decreased depreciation for mileage under 15,000 miles/yr
The above information was prepared by
AAA with assistance of Runzheimer International. 