Some cars just aren't cut out for long road trips
Americans love to drive. In fact, the average American drives more than 13,000 miles per year, according to data provided by the United States Department of Transportation. And we put those miles on a vast assortment of vehicles.
Interestingly, though, some types of vehicles tend to rack up way more miles than others. After examining 1,638,427 automobile sales from January 1, 2018 to May 23, 2018, the team at Carvana came up with a list that shows the vehicles that rack up the fewest number of miles each year.
Check out the the 15 least-driven vehicles in America by clicking on the image above.
15: Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Average miles per year: 8,800
This one comes as a bit of a surprise. The E-Class is Mercedes' midsize premium luxury sedan offering, and we'd have guessed that most buyers use the vehicle as a daily driver. But that seems unlikely if the E-Class really averages only 8,800 miles per year.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Information
14: Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
Average miles per year: 8,700
The second Mercedes in a row, the GLA, is the brand's smallest crossover, and, really, it's not our favorite vehicle in the segment. But we're still very surprised that owners seem to put so few miles on the GLA. It's an entry point into the Mercedes-Benz brand, and we have to think that it's the primary vehicle for the majority of its buyers.
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Information
13: BMW 2 Series
Average miles per year: 8,600
The BMW 2 Series range, which comes in either coupe or convertible form, is the entry point into BMW's lineup of vehicles. It's small, and if optioned right, can be very fun to drive. It's certainly possible, though, that the little 2 Series is bought as a second vehicle, which could help explain why it's not driven all that often.
12: Volkswagen Beetle
Average miles per year: 8,600
The Volkswagen Beetle is a bit of a low-mileage surprise. Then again, it's small, which means it probably sees use more as a second car for fun on the weekends. And we can't imagine a lot of owners racking up the odometer with a bunch of long, multi-day road trips.
Volkswagen Beetle Information
11: Mini Cooper hardtop two-door
Average miles per year: 8,400
Like the VW Beetle that we just saw on this list, the Mini Cooper is a small vehicle that is probably used primarily for short trips in the city. It's not very comfortable for long drives, and it's certainly not what we'd call a family car. So its status as a low-mileage vehicle isn't all that surprising.
Mini Cooper Information
10: BMW M4
Average miles per year: 8,300
The BMW M4 is the first overtly sporty vehicle on this list, but it won't be the last. As a track-focused car, we'd guess the M4 doesn't see a lot of daily driver usage.
BMW M4 Information
9: Buick Encore
Average miles per year: 8,300
It's hard to explain why Buick Encore drivers rack up so little mileage each year. Perhaps the little crossover is a second vehicle. Or perhaps it's used as a serene commuter car alternative to public transportation for urban dwellers. In any case, it appears that the Encore isn't driven very much.
Buick Encore Information
8: Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
Average miles per year: 8,200
This is the biggest surprise on this list of low-mileage vehicles. The Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is basically a Golf station wagon. It's very practical and economical, and we'd have guessed that it's the primary mode of transportation for the majority of its owners. Still, numbers don't lie, and the average SportWagen apparently isn't driven all that much.
Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Information
7. Nissan Leaf
Average miles per year: 8,000
The Nissan Leaf is an electric car, and as such, doesn't have the kind of daily range that a comparable gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicle would have. So it's not surprising at all that Leaf owners tend to keep the mileage low on their little electric hatchbacks.
Nissan Leaf Information
6: Lexus RC
Average miles per year: 7,800
If you think of the Lexus RC as the coupe version of the similarly sized but less expensive Lexus IS sedan (which isn't on this list of low-mileage vehicles), its inclusion on this list makes plenty of sense. Luxury coupes are vehicles designed for a driver and maybe a passenger, not for family car duty.
5. Maserati Ghibli
Average miles per year: 7,700
We're not surprised to see the Maserati Ghibli on this list of vehicles that tend to have low mileage. It's a very nice car, but at well over $70,000 to start, it's probably not purchased often as a daily driver.
Maserati Ghibli Information
4. BMW i3
Average miles per year: 5,900
The BMW i3 is the second electric vehicle on this list. As was the case with the Nissan Leaf, the i3 has a limited range when compared to more traditional vehicles. We'd bet that most i3 models see use by urban dwellers with access to electric car chargers.
BMW i3 Information
3. Smart ForTwo
Average miles per year: 5,700
The Smart ForTwo is designed specifically for urban dwellers for whom parking is a real problem. Nobody in their right mind would choose a Smart as a vehicle with which to rack up miles on road trips, so its inclusion on this list was a foregone conclusion.
Smart ForTwo Information
2. Porsche 911
Average miles per year: 4,700
The Porsche 911 is, to many, the quintessential sportscar. It's fast, it's ridiculously fun to drive, and it's also rather expensive. What it's not, though, is a typical daily driver.
Porsche 911 Information
1. Chevrolet Corvette
Average miles per year: 4,500
And the vehicle that tends to rack up the fewest miles in America is ... the Chevrolet Corvette. The Corvette almost certainly shares garage space with one or two other vehicles that are much more practical daily drivers, which would allow its owners to keep the mileage low.
It's fitting that the Porsche 911 and the 'Vette are back-to-back on this list – for years, the two sportscars have been duking it out on driveways and racetracks all across America.