Gas Prices Level Out, but Continued Drop Expected

GasPrices

The national average price for regular unleaded gas inched downward a fraction of a penny the past week as refinery issues in the Midwest offset widespread price declines in most areas. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report said the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas was $3.471 a gallon Thursday, down slightly from last week's $3.475 average.

Consumer, Environmental Groups Call for MPG Regulation in Car Ads

Most states saw pump prices dip by at least a few cents, but lower production at refineries in the Midwest caused price increases in the Great lakes area, Missouri, Oklahoma and other states. "These increases can be traced back to refinery problems and maintenance at several facilities supplying the region: two in Kansas; BP's refinery in Whiting, Ind.; and ExxonMobil's refinery in Joliet, Ill., which is running at reduced rates while conducting work," AAA said in its weekly analysis of pump prices.

By Rick Popely | August 15, 2014 | Comments (2)

Gas Prices Drop Another Nickel This Week

GasPrices

Another week, another drop in gas prices.

Pump prices fell 5 cents the past week to a national average of $3.47 for a gallon of regular unleaded gas, the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report said Thursday. That's the lowest level for early-August since 2010. The national average for regular unleaded has fallen 18 cents in the past month, and was 13 cents lower than a year ago. Diesel fuel has fallen 6 cents in the past month to $3.83 a gallon, 5 cents less than on Aug. 7, 2013.

Small Spike Breaks 33-Day Downward Trend in Gas Prices

Prices have been sliding for about six weeks as conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East have not interrupted the flow of crude oil. In addition, U.S. refineries have operated at close to capacity, and crude oil prices have declined from a 52-week high of nearly $107 a barrel on June 25. Oil was trading at about $97 a barrel on Thursday.

By Rick Popely | August 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

Small Spike Breaks 33-Day Downward Trend in Gas Prices

GasPrices

By Rick Popely

Gas prices ticked up a fraction of a penny Thursday, ending a 33-day streak of declines at the pump, but the news on the fuel front for motorists was otherwise positive during the month of July. AAA said the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded fell 16 cents during the month to $3.52 on Thursday, the largest July decline in six years. Motorists are now paying the lowest prices for gas since mid-March. Moreover, domestic refineries processed a record amount of crude oil during July, averaging 16.5 million barrels a day, and the boost to the gas supply helped push down pump prices at a time of year when they usually go up.

Related: Gas Prices Approach Month of Daily Decreases

"Falling gas prices are nearly the opposite to what we usually see this time of year," AAA spokesman Avery Ash said in a statement. "Refineries are running at full tilt, and there is more than enough gasoline in the market, which has helped bring down prices despite multiple overseas conflicts."

By Matt Schmitz | August 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Jeep Cherokee Mileage Update: 9,437 Miles

Cherokee

Cars.com's 2014 Jeep Cherokee long-term test car continues to improve its overall average mileage after a slow start with somewhat disappointing fuel economy. The four-cylinder, all-wheel-drive Cherokee is steadily climbing toward its 24 mpg combined EPA rating. We've observed an average of 23.67 mpg after 9,437 miles using pump fill-up calculations to monitor long-term mileage, an improvement of 1.07 mpg from our previous update, which was more than 4,200 miles ago.

More on Our Long-Term Test Fleet

By Joe Bruzek | July 28, 2014 | Comments (6)

Gas Prices Approach Month of Daily Decreases

GasPrices

The cost of gasoline continues to slide even as the price of crude oil shows increased volatility, and Thursday marked the 26th consecutive day of lower prices at the pump, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. Some daily declines during that stretch have been only fractions of a penny, but the steady slide over nearly a month has lowered the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded to $3.55, 4 cents less than a week ago and 13 cents less than a month ago. Diesel fuel declined by a cent the past week to $3.86, a 4-cent drop compared to a month ago.

Gas Prices See Sustained Slide

Oil, meanwhile, was trading at around $103 a barrel Thursday after it shot up to nearly $107 on June 25 because of worries over conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East, and then briefly fell below $100 in mid-July. AAA noted that those conflicts have had little impact on U.S. gas prices. "Despite these issues, oil markets remain relatively unaffected because there has not been an impact to supply or distribution. Meanwhile, domestic refinery utilization reached its highest level of the year last week, which has helped to push gas prices lower," AAA said in its weekly analysis of fuel costs.

By Rick Popely | July 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

Gas Prices See Sustained Slide

GasPrices

If it seems like you're shelling out less for gasoline than in the recent past, it probably isn't just wishful thinking. Steady, widespread declines in pump prices during July have lowered the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas to $3.59, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Thursday. That's 5 cents less than a week ago and 7 cents less than a month ago. Moreover, the national average is 7 cents lower than a year ago, and motorists in many parts of the country are now paying less or about the same as they did on July 17, 2013.

Consumer, Environmental Groups Call for MPG Regulation in Car Ads

In the Los Angeles area, for example, the $4.10 average price is the same as a year ago. The same goes for the $3.57 average in the Atlanta area. Steep declines in the Great Lakes area in recent weeks might have some motorists doing a double take when they check pump prices. In Illinois, the average price has fallen 27 cents during the past month to $3.67, 29 cents lower than at this time last year. The price drop is more dramatic in the Chicago area, falling 33 cents in the past month to $3.79, 38 cents less than a year ago. Statewide averages dropped 12 cents in the past week alone in Indiana and Michigan to $3.45 and $3.60, respectively. Indiana's average is 42 cents lower than a month ago and 37 cents less than a year ago, and Michigan prices have dipped 34 cents in the past month and 32 cents year-over-year. In Ohio, prices have fallen 42 cents in a month, and the current $3.42 average is 21 cents less than a year ago.

By Rick Popely | July 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

Consumer, Environmental Groups Call for MPG Regulation in Car Ads

Mazda_CX5_ad_MFR

Ever get annoyed when car ads hype pie-in-the-sky mpg figures? Well, you aren't alone. Advertisements are notorious for shilling highway-only mpg, sometimes for specific trims that aren't widely available. Witness a Mazda commercial from 2012 that blared 35 mpg highway for the 2013 CX-5 SUV — an EPA figure only achieved by a front-wheel-drive, manual-transmission model. Or one of Ford's 2011 Fiesta ads that rolled "40 mpg" across the backdrop, which only the automatic SE with the Super Fuel Economy package received in EPA highway ratings.

Related: Gas Prices Continue Upward Climb

Both ads clarified the details in the small print, but you'd have to pause the DVR and get out a magnifying glass to read it. If a group of consumer, environmental and safety advocates get their way, such practices could change.

By Kelsey Mays | July 14, 2014 | Comments (7)

AAA: Gas-Price Relief Likely Short-Lived

GasPrices

As oil prices fell, so did the cost of gasoline in many parts of the country the past week, with the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded dropping 3 cents to $3.64, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Thursday. AAA noted that, although conflict in Iraq continues to impact oil prices, it hasn't disrupted the supply of crude oil from OPEC's second-largest oil-producing country, reducing fears of shortages. Oil was trading at around $102 per barrel Thursday, some $5 less than the 52-week high of $107.50 set on June 25.

Cars.com's Top 10 Fun-to-Drive Fuel Sippers

If recent history is a guide, however, prices could start to rise again later this month or in August, when summer driving and demand for gas peak. That was the pattern the previous three years: Pump prices fell in early July and rose in the second half of the month.

By Rick Popely | July 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

Gas Prices Hit Six-Year High Headed into Holiday

GasPrices

As millions of Americans prepare to hit the road for Fourth of July weekend, pump prices are the highest they've been since 2008, AAA said in its monthly gas price report. The travel service organization said it doubts that the national average of $3.67 for regular unleaded — 19 cents higher than a year ago — will deter holiday travel, predicting that nearly 35 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more by car over the long weekend. That would be the highest level of Independence Day car travel since 2007, despite higher gas prices. The July 4 national average for a gallon of regular unleaded was $3.48 last year, $3.34 in 2012, $3.57 in 2011 and — brace yourselves — just $2.74 in 2010 and $2.62 in 2009. In comparison, motorists were digging much deeper on July 4, 2008, paying an average of $4.10 for regular unleaded.

Tips to Stay Safe on Fourth of July Road Trips

Over the previous three years, pump prices declined an average of 21 cents a gallon during June as refineries resumed full production following annual spring maintenance and a switch to summer gas blends. This year, prices are unchanged from a month ago. AAA cited the continued unrest in Iraq that threatens oil production there, but expects gas prices to remain "relatively flat in the near future and could even decline a few cents as the situation stabilizes."

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

2014 Chevrolet Volt Review

2014ChevroletVolt

"Although the Chevrolet Volt has received a big price cut, it still retains its novel extended-range electric car abilities — as well as its poor visibility, questionable touch-sensitive panels and cramped interior," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

2014 Chevrolet Volt Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman

By Matt Schmitz | July 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

Search Results

KickingTires Search Results for

Search Kicking Tires

KickingTires iPhone App
Ask.cars.com