Cars like the Porsche 911, Chevrolet Corvette, and Mazda Miata are not daily drivers for most owners. There are always a few outliers, but most owners keep these cars for special drives. Drives in the country, back-roads blasts, and road trips. They may also sneak in a little track time here and there. What's interesting about these three models is that a new study shows that one of them is driven dramatically more than the other two - the Miata.
Our friends at iSeeCars have done a new study looking at which 10-year-old cars are driven the most and least by their owners. Not surprisingly, the vehicles driven most are workhorses like the Chevy Silverado and Suburban. Also not surprisingly, sports coupes and convertibles are driven the least by owners. “Coupes and convertibles are the least driven vehicle segments, with coupes being driven 23 percent less than the average vehicle and convertibles 54 percent less,” noted Phong Ly, CEO of iSeeCars.com.
The overall average number of miles driven by all 10-year-old vehicle owners is about 11,518 miles per year. For new cars, the average is even higher. FuelEconomy.gov uses 15,000 per year as the average when it calculates annual fuel costs for example. However, for specialty fun cars, the average is way lower as our chart above shows.
We found it interesting that the Miata is the sports car on this list that is driven the most. And not by a little. A 10-year-old Miata's driver logs 65% more miles on average than owners of Porsche 911 convertibles. We see the BMW and Mustang on there, but those are larger, more mainstream cars better suited to daily slogs and commutes.
When I owned the Miata in the image above I took every opportunity to drive it. If you own a Miata, about how many miles do you put on it each year? Tell us in the comments below.