Gas prices rose in all but a handful of states this past week, defying the typical seasonal trend that sees pump prices for gasoline declining this time of year. The national averages don’t tell the whole story, though, because pump prices vary considerably from state to state and even within the same state. Just look at the variance in filling up a 2019 Volvo S90, for example.
Topping off a 2019 Volvo S90 sedan, which requires premium, can vary by nearly $14 depending on where you fuel it up. The front-drive version of the S90 uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission (Volvo also sells all-wheel-drive and plug-in hybrid versions with different powertrains).
Here is what it would cost to fill the FWD S90’s 14.5-gallon tank based on prices posted Thursday by the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report:
- At the national average of $3.45 for premium, filling from empty would cost $50.03.
- In Charleston, S.C., where premium averaged $3.20, the cost would drop to about $46.40.
- In Chicago, where the average price of premium was $4.10, and the cost would jump to $59.45 and change.
Even if you’re not putting premium in your S90, though, you’ll still be paying. AAA said the national average of $2.91 for regular gas was 4 cents higher than a week ago. Premium gas was up 3 cents to $3.45, and diesel fuel was also up 4 cents higher at $3.24. AAA said gas was the highest it has been at the start of October since 2014.
Regular was 38 cents higher than a year ago, and premium was 39 cents higher, according to AAA. Diesel was 51 cents higher. Pump prices rose the past week as oil inventories fell and U.S. oil prices touched a four-year high of nearly $77 before falling back below $76 Thursday.
Hawaii had the highest average price for regular on Thursday, $3.82, followed by California at $3.78 and Washington at $3.42. Mississippi and South Carolina were tied for the lowest average price for regular at $2.60, and Alabama was a penny higher.
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