Taking cues from the Monograph concept vehicle that appeared at the 2017 New York auto show, the 2018 Infiniti QX80 full-size SUV has been given yet another update on the exterior. Its formerly melted looks have been sharpened considerably to fall more in line with the current Infiniti design language. But is that enough to distract shoppers from the fuel economy of the 400-horsepower, 5.6-liter V-8 underneath the hood?
As gas prices continue to rise, that question may find increasingly mixed answers. According to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report early Thursday, prices for fuel rose 3 cents this past week, pushing the national average for regular to $2.82, and it predicts pump prices could climb another 10 cents by Memorial Day. For those behind the wheel of a QX80, here’s what that looks like on your wallet:
- Filling the QX80’s 26-gallon tank from empty would cost $86.84, based on the national average for the Infiniti’s recommended premium fuel of $3.34.
- In California, where premium is $3.88 a gallon (highest in the country) and regular is $3.62 (tied for highest alongside Hawaii), the cost climbs to more than $100.
- In Oklahoma, the only state where premium was less than $3 at $2.92, filling up a QX80 would still cost $75.92.
Cheap gas the past few years has encouraged more car shoppers to think big and pay less attention to fuel economy, but AAA says this is the highest gasoline has been since November 2014. Regular and premium gas are 45 cents higher than a year ago. Diesel fuel, at $3.07, is 55 cents higher. Prices have risen for seven weeks in a row as demand for gasoline has hit record levels for this time of year and oil prices climbed.
With that in mind, shoppers can expect to pay in fuel costs for the restyled 2018 QX80, particularly if all of its maximum eight seats and 8,500 pounds of towing capacity are in use.
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