Fleet Benchmarking Study: Light Duty Trucks

Jessica AdamsMay 4, 2015

The graphs below are derived from the data of 40 of our utility fleet benchmarking clients and their active light duty service trucks. The sample included over 3,600 vehicles under 20,000 GVWR with a service body without an aerial device. The data being used is representing the patterns we have seen from the industry average of the selected sample. Any questions about this data and how it ties to fleet analytics should be directed to a Utilimarc representative, or visit Utilimarc.com to request more information.

Average Purchase Price by Year

Average Age

This graph shows the average purchase price of light duty service trucks over the past eight years, broken down by drive type. The overall trend for both drive types is that the average purchase price is increasing.

From 2006 to 2013, the average purchase price for a 4×2 increased from $36,979 to $46,181, which is an increase of nearly 20 percent.

From 2006 to 2013, the average price for the 4×4 increased from $44,722 to $52,796, which is an increase of over 15 percent.

Operating Costs (Without Fuel) Per Mile

Operating Costs (Without Fuel) Per Mile

This graph shows the operating cost (all parts and labor) net of fuel per mile for 4×2 and 4×4 light duty service trucks by age. The overall trend for both drive types is that the operating cost per mile is increasing as the vehicle ages.

The operating costs for 4×2 in year one was $0.19 per mile, while in year ten it was $0.35 per mile, an increase of $0.16 over the ten years. The average operating cost per mile for a 4×2 pickup over the same ten-year period was $0.27.

The operating costs for 4×4 in year one was $0.20 per mile, while in year ten it was $0.38 per mile, the increase of $0.18 over the ten years. The average operating cost per mile for a 4×4 pickup over the same ten-year period was  $0.30.

Average Miles Driven by Year

Average Miles Driven by Year

This graph shows the average miles driven from 2009 to 2013 for the 4×2 and 4×4 light duty service truck. The annual average miles driven between 2009 and 2012 remained consistent for both the 4×2 and 4×4. 2013 saw a decrease in annual miles driven for both 4×2 and 4×4.

For the data set above, the 4×4 pickup has historically driven more miles annually than the 4×2. From 2009-2013 the 4×4 was driven an average of 2,168 more miles annually than the 4×2.

Average Number of Days Between Unscheduled/Demand Repair by Year

Mean time between service

This graph shows the average number of days between an unscheduled/demand repair event from 2009-2013 for the 4×2 and 4×4 light duty service truck.

From 2009-2013 the 4×2 remained consistent in amount of days between the average number of days between an unscheduled/demand repair. From 2009-2013 the 4×4 saw a decrease in the average number of days between an unscheduled/demand repair. The 4×4 historically has an average of 47 days between unscheduled/demand repair. The 4×2 historically has an average of 39 days between unscheduled/demand repair.

Average Age Since 2009

Average Age

This graph shows the average age of vehicles from 2009-2013 for the 4×2 and 4×4 light duty service truck. The average age of both the 4×2 and 4×4 has steadily increased since 2009.

The average age for the 4×2 increased by 1.36 years from 2009 and 2013, while the 4×4 increased by 1.07 years from 2009 to 2013.

Drive Type Percentage Since 2009

Drive Type Percentage

This graph shows the drive type percentage breakdown of light duty service trucks between 2009-2013. The 4×4 drive type percentage has seen a slight increase over time, from 43 percent in 2009 to 48 percent in 2013.

More Information

 To learn more about the fleet benchmarking data provided here or how Utilimarc’s fleet consulting and solutions can answer your questions about fleet best practices, vehicle lifecycle cost, or mechanic staffing, request a live demo for more information or call 952-955-8804 today.


Jessica Adams

Senior Analyst

Jessica Schunk is a senior analyst at Utilimarc. She began her career with Utilimarc six years ago after graduating from the University of St. Thomas. Jessica specializes in benchmarking and enjoys creating custom reporting for clients. See more from Jessica


Book a Demo