Gas prices have increased for eight weeks in a row, so it makes sense to try to have your cake and eat it too when buying a crossover: Enjoy the benefits of an SUV and still get decent fuel economy. The redesigned 2019 Infiniti QX50 fits that description as a luxury compact SUV that seats five and has EPA combined city/highway mileage estimates of 27 mpg with front-wheel drive and 26 mpg with all-wheel drive.
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There's a catch, though: The QX50's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, variable-compression-ratio engine requires premium gas for best performance. Here is how the QX50 operating costs shake out at today's pump prices:
- Using the national average of $3.36 for premium gas, as posted by the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Thursday, filling the 16-gallon tank from empty would cost nearly $54.
- In California, where the average price of premium is $3.91, the cost climbs to $62.56.
- In Missouri, where premium was going for $3.02, a 16-gallon fill would cost a little more than $48.
Fuel economy is bound to be on the minds of more consumers these days regardless of whether or not they're shopping for a luxury compact SUV like the QX50 or some other vehicle. The price of regular gas climbed 18 cents over the past month to a national average of $2.84, according to AAA. Premium gas rose 17 cents, and diesel fuel — which typically declines this time of year — rose 12 cents to $3.09. All three types of fuel were around a half-dollar more per gallon on average than a year ago.
The average price of regular was $3 or higher in 10 states, with California topping the list for the first time in many weeks at $3.66, a penny more than Hawaii, the usual leader. The lowest statewide average for regular, $2.55, was shared by Arkansas, Mississippi and Missouri.
Pump prices are expected to keep rising in the coming weeks after the U.S. withdrew from a nuclear agreement with Iran, sparking an increase in oil prices.
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