Could National Average for Gas Prices Fall Below $3?

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Gas prices fell for the 21st straight day Thursday as the AAA travel services organization estimated that at least a third of gas stations across the country were selling regular unleaded for less than $3. The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas was $3.16, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report, 9 cents less than a week ago and 22 cents less than a month ago.

Related: Gas Prices Reach Lowest of the Year

Regular unleaded averaged less than $3 in 13 states, with Missouri posting the lowest average at $2.84. Most of the under-$3 states were in the South, where low state gas taxes help keep prices down, but the list included Delaware, where the average price was $2.99; New Jersey, $2.98; and Minnesota, $2.95. Motorists in St. Louis were paying even less than the Missouri statewide average, at $2.79 a gallon, according to AAA, among the lowest for major U.S. cities.

By Rick Popely | October 17, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Ford C-Max Energi: Car Seat Check

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The Ford C-Max Energi hatchback is a fun-to-drive hybrid that Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman said "delivers comfort, style and efficiency," but warned that it "compromises cargo capacity." That's not all that the 2014 C-Max Energi has had to compromise.

Parents who purchased the C-Max Energi hoping for convenient car-seat installation might be disappointed with it. Although the 2014 version earns a couple of A's for the easy install of our booster and infant seats, the rest of its report card looks like the answer sheet of a high school student guessing on every question of a multiple-choice test: C, C, C ... see what we mean below.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | October 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

Gas Prices Reach Lowest of the Year

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More motorists were paying less at the pump as the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas fell 8 cents the past week to $3.25, according to Thursday's AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report — the lowest national average in 2014. The previous low for the year was $3.27, set on Feb. 7, and AAA predicted prices could fall another 5 to 15 cents by the end of the year if current conditions continue.

Related: New-Car Fuel Economy Sees Uncommonly Big Drop

The average price in Missouri dropped 14 cents the past week to $2.97, the first time any state has averaged less than $3 since Jan. 23. Missouri's average back then was $2.99 a gallon. Some gas stations in more than two-dozen other states were posting pump prices below $3.

By Rick Popely | October 10, 2014 | Comments (3)

Mazda Leads, Fiat Chrysler Trails in Latest EPA Fuel Economy Report

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Mazda's 28.1 mpg led all major automakers in average fuel economy for the 2013 model year, according to a new EPA report on industrywide fuel economy. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' 20.9 mpg, meanwhile, trailed the 11 automakers surveyed. The 148-page report notes that all major automakers except sixth-place Toyota and ninth-place Ford saw their averages increase between 2012 and 2013, and the industry's overall 24.1 mpg is the highest average since the EPA began tracking the data in 1975.

Related: Gas Prices Are Up, But So Is Average MPG

Preliminary 2014 model-year data shows Mazda still in the lead, with 28.8 mpg. That beats Honda (27.6 mpg), Subaru (27.5 mpg), Nissan (26.8 mpg), Volkswagen (26.7 mpg), Toyota (25.8 mpg), BMW (26.0 mpg), Daimler (22.8 mpg), Ford (23.4 mpg), GM (22.0 mpg) and FCA (21.1). The overall 24.1 mpg incorporates corrected mileage from Hyundai-Kia, but the EPA didn't include the Korean automaker in its rankings because Hyundai-Kia is under a continuing investigation for the mileage corrections it issued in late 2012.

By Kelsey Mays | October 9, 2014 | Comments (3)

New-Car Fuel Economy Sees Uncommonly Big Drop

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The average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. experienced its biggest dip in nearly three years in September. That's according to the latest figures from the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute, which show last month's fuel economy to be 25.3 mpg compared with 25.8 in August.

Related: Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: September 2014

While small drops are not uncommon, the last time the average fuel economy fell that sharply was in December 2011, when it dipped to 22.6 mpg from 23.1 mpg in November of that year, also a decrease of 0.5 mpg. The biggest month-to-month decline since the institute began tracking average fuel economy seven years ago came in 2009, when it plummeted from a then-record 22.4 mpg in August to 21.1 mpg in September, a 1.3 mpg drop that followed a year of steady increases. However, fuel economy quickly rebounded in October of that year, jumping a full 1 mpg to 22.1.

By Matt Schmitz | October 8, 2014 | Comments (1)

AAA: Winter Could Bring Widespread Gas Prices Under $3

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The trend downward trend of gas prices should continue at least into December, and pump prices could fall below $3 a gallon in many areas by the end of the year, travel services organization AAA said in its monthly report. AAA estimated that nearly 4 percent of gas stations across the nation, scattered among 26 states, were selling gas for less than $3 for a gallon of regular unleaded, and that "this number should increase significantly over the next couple of months."

Related: Study: Despite Recent Relief, Americans Spend More on Gas Overall

The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Thursday put the national average for regular unleaded at $3.33 a gallon, the lowest on this date in four years. AAA predicted that the national average could fall to between $3.10 and $3.20 by the end of the year, with several states slipping below $3. "If everything goes smoothly, buying gas for less than $3 per gallon should be refreshingly common in many parts of the country this winter," AAA spokesman Avery Ash said in a statement.

By Rick Popely | October 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Study: Despite Recent Relief, Americans Spend More on Gas Overall

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As we reported earlier, a sustained decline in U.S. gas prices of late has led to this week's seven-month low, 11 cents less than motorists were paying the same day a year ago. While this recent period of plummeting pump prices is certainly a relief, an extended timeline tells a seemingly different story about how much we're spending on fuel.

Related: Gas Prices Are Up, but So Is Average MPG

According to a report released this week by Securing America's Future Energy, an advocacy group for reducing oil dependency, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Expenditure Survey, the average U.S. household spent more than $2,600 on gas in 2013 for a third consecutive year — an all-time high and a 111 percent increase compared with the amount spend a decade earlier.

By Matt Schmitz | September 26, 2014 | Comments (3)

Gas Prices Fall to Lowest in Seven Months

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Gas prices continued to decline in most states the past week, with the national average for regular unleaded falling 2 cents a gallon to $3.34, the lowest in more than seven months, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report.The widespread decline in pump prices put the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded at 11 cents less than motorists were paying a year ago.

Gas Prices Continue to Slide as Expected

Drivers in some states were benefiting from much bigger year-over-year savings. Statewide averages were 20 cents lower than a year ago in Connecticut, Iowa and New Jersey, 22 cents lower in South Dakota, 23 cents lower in Kansas and 25 cents lower in California.

By Rick Popely | September 26, 2014 | Comments (1)

Gas Prices Continue to Slide as Expected

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Gas prices continue to decline across the country, following the usual post-Labor Day pattern, and travel-services organization AAA predicted they could fall by as much as 20 cents a gallon more by Halloween. "The average price at the pump typically falls during this time of year due to decreased demand and the transition to winter-blend gasoline, which is cheaper to produce," AAA said in its weekly analysis of gas prices. "AAA expects the national average to fall another 10-20 cents by the end of October."

Gas Prices Reach Half-Year Low

Retailers this week began selling winter blends of gasoline that are cheaper to produce because they don't have to meet more-stringent pollution requirements mandated during warmer months in many parts of the country. The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas fell 6 cents the past week to $3.36, according to Thursday's AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report, 15 cents lower than a year ago and the lowest on this date since 2010, when lingering effects of the economic recession dampened demand. Diesel fuel declined 2 cents the past week to $3.77, 17 cents lower than on Sept. 18, 2013.

By Rick Popely | September 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

Gas Prices Reach Half-Year Low

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Gas prices continued to ease in most parts of the country after the Labor Day weekend, and motorists in some areas are now paying the lowest pump prices in months. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas fell by only a penny or two in many areas, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. That was enough to push the national average down a penny the past week to $3.42, the lowest in more than six months. Diesel fuel also fell by a penny to $3.79.

Related: Gas Prices Continue to Fall

In Alaska, the statewide average fell 2 cents to $4, the lowest since the end of May. Hawaii had the nation's most expensive gas, with the statewide average unchanged at $4.27, followed by Alaska and Washington, $3.86, and Oregon, $3.85. Prices continued to retreat in California, falling 3 cents the past week to $3.81, the lowest average there since late-February.

By Rick Popely | September 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

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