CARS.COM — If you're shopping for a subcompact SUV, the market is getting increasingly crowded as new entrants like the Ford EcoSport and Hyundai Kona enter the fray for 2018. One of the established names in the class is Jeep's Renegade, a defiantly boxy style giving way to obvious off-road capabilities. How does that affect your wallet at the pump?
As we recently detailed with the Desert Hawk trim that features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and nine-speed automatic transmission, we fell short of the expected fuel-economy return of 21/29/24 mpg city/highway/combined. The regular Renegade also offers a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with the nine-speed automatic and is good for 22/30/25 mpg for two-wheel drive and 21/29/24 for four-wheel drive.
- Given the current national average of $2.60 a gallon for regular gas early Thursday per AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report, filling the 2018 Renegade's 12.7-gallon tank from empty would cost you $33.02.
- In Mississippi and Texas, where the average cost of regular was the lowest in the U.S. at $2.35 a gallon, filling up the Renegade would cost you $29.85.
- At the other end of the spectrum, filling up a Renegade in Hawaii — where regular averaged $3.43 a gallon, far and away the most expensive nationwide — would cost you $43.56. In the contiguous U.S., the most you'd be looking to shell out is $42.67; that's in California, where regular averaged $3.36.
AAA said consumer demand climbed to its highest point yet in 2018 this week as drivers filled up at rates to match March 2017. That isn't the first time demand has been so high, however: Gas was guzzled at similar February rates in both 2009 and 2016.
Overall, that didn't affect the national average. Regular remained at $2.60 a gallon for the second straight week after a steady climb over the past month. Premium climbed a penny to $3.13 a gallon, while diesel did the same to rise from $2.99 to an even $3.
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