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Car preferences of Millennials vs. Generation X


Car preferences of Millennials vs. Generation X

Car preferences of Millennials vs. Generation X

A recent survey found that Millennials are more likely to consider buying a car based off its environmental footprint rather than other factors like the durability of the vehicle. This is quite the opposite of the preferences of their predecessor, Generation X.

The survey compared the two generations and their car preferences.

The 25-to-39-year old age group is more interested in purchasing a car that is better for the environment, according to a survey found on Millennials favored cheaper and smaller cars. The study also found that Generation X was more interested in price, reliability and the brand when purchasing a car.

This difference in preference might be because, according to the same study, Millennials only plan to keep their car for around five years while Generation X individuals plan to keep their car for 10 years or longer.

For cars preference, Millennials prefer the Honda Civic, while Generation X individuals prefer the Honda Accord. For truck preference, Millennials like the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Generation X prefers the Ford F-150. For SUV’s, Millennials most commonly bought the Honda CR-V, while Generation X mostly commonly bought the Toyota RAV4.

The overall most common car brand for both generations is the Honda.

Alex Klein, AutoList’s vice president of data science said the car buying habits of Millennials are good news for automakers. The survey suggests that Millennials not only want new cars, but they are in the market for a new car more often as well because they do not plan to keep their cars for long.

Klein said the Millennial taste for more efficient cars with better technology just means that car companies need to be able to keep up.

“That is a new way of thinking,” he said. “That puts a lot of pressure on the automakers to innovative.”

Millennials are quickly becoming the largest generation in the United States. According to, Millennials bought about 4 million cars and trucks across the country in 2015. This generation does seem to take longer to decide which car to buy though, according to The site also noted that dealers said Millennials asked more questions regarding bad credit and usually decided to stick with purchasing a car that was within their budget.

According to statistics provided by J.D. Power, 35 percent of new Millennial car buyers in 2016 new the exact model they wanted and that is what they bought.

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