As the Fourth of July approaches, it's easy to have America on the mind as you shop for a car - and not just for the deals. The 2018 Jeep Cherokee is fresh off topping our 2018 American-Made Index as the most American car. And much as we the people love our SUVs, so too do SUVs love their gas. Luckily, that costs a little less this week than last.
Pump prices continued to fall over the past week along with oil prices, and the grim prospect of a national average of $3 for regular gasoline has faded away. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report said Thursday that the national average for regular was $2.87, down 4 cents from a week ago and around 6 cents less than three weeks ago, when prices started falling. Premium gas lost 3 cents to a national average of $3.42, and diesel fuel was off 2 cents to $3.18.
Here is what it costs to fill the 2018 Cherokee's 15.8-gallon tank at today's prices.
- Using the national average of $2.87 for regular, filling from empty would cost $45.35.
- In Hawaii, where the average price of regular was the highest in the country at $3.73, the cost would be $58.93. South Carolina had the lowest price, $2.53, and filling the tank there would run $39.97.
- The biggest declines over the past week were 6 cents in Florida and 9 cents in Ohio.
- Pump prices have declined three weeks in a row, yet the average price of regular remained above $3 in 12 states and in the District of Columbia.
- AAA said regular and premium gas on Thursday were 59 cents higher than a year ago, and diesel was 71 cents higher. For someone who uses 10 gallons of gas per week, that amounts to an extra $5.90 out of pocket or around $300 more per year.
The 2018 Cherokee is available with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or a 3.2-liter V-6, and all models come with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy varies by the number of drive wheels and four-wheel-drive system. The EPA combined city/highway ratings range from 25 mpg to 21 mpg. That kind of difference can mean big savings over the course of a year even with dropping gas prices.
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