America’s Most Expensive Gas Prices

by Don Elliott on May 1, 2012

Earth Day, April 22, 2012, provided a milestone for the analysts at AOL Autos. Scott Burgess scoured his records to see what towns had the most expensive gas prices and what it would cost to fill up the biggest gas-guzzlers on the road today.

With gas prices soaring, the unfortunate news is that it takes some drivers more than $100 just to fill the tank. If you have been driving any of these big vehicles, you know that some gas stations have limited the amount of gas you could pump on one fill up to $75. With gas prices leaping past $4.00/gallon in many markets, the new limit for a fill up has been raised to $100. For many of us, that is still not enough.

Many car manufacturers still build the cars that consumers want to buy, regardless of the price of gasoline. For drivers who tow recreational equipment, have large families, or those who just have a lot of stuff, high gas prices are a factor you have to deal with.

GasBuddy provided the following data on the worst towns to fill up in. If you live in or near one of these gas-guzzling towns, these gas prices may convince you ditch the pick-up truck or sell a car for one that runs more efficiently.

2012 Ford Raptor SVT
6.2 liter V-8
11 MPG city/16 MPG highway
Tank size: Optional 36 gallons
Bakersfield, California
Average price for regular unleaded: $4.20
Cost to fill: $151.20

2012 Toyota Tundra 4X4
5.7 liter V-8
13 MPG city/17 MPG highway
Tank size: 26.4 gallons
Honolulu, Hawaii
Average price of regular unleaded: $4.48
Cost to fill: $118.27

2012 Audi Q7 Diesel
3.0 liter 6 cylinder
17 MPG city/25 MPG highway
Tank size: 26.4 gallons
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Average price of regular unleaded: $4.18
Cost to fill: $110.35

2012 Cadillac Escalade AWD
6.2 liter V-8
13 MPG city/18 MPG highway
Tank size: 26 gallons
Anchorage, Alaska
Cost to fill: $110.50

2012 Ford E250 Van
5.4 liter V-8
12 MPG city/16 MPG highway
Tank size: 33 gallons
San Francisco, California
Average price of regular unleaded: $4.29
Cost to fill: 141.57

2012 Range Rover
5 liter V-8
12 MPG city/18 MPG highway
Tank size: 27.6 gallons
Buffalo, New York
Average price of regular unleaded: $4.11
Cost to fill: $113.44

2012 Smart For Two
1 liter three cylinder
34 MPG city/38 MPG highway
Tank size: 8.7 gallons
Los Angeles, California
Average price of regular unleaded: $4.23
Cost to fill: $37.10

The tank size of the 2012 Smart For Two is smaller than most vehicles, but is perfect if you just need to get around town and want to drastically lower your fill-up costs. Even at $4.23/gallon, this vehicle has a relatively inexpensive fill-up cost. Regardless of the town you are living in, gas prices are expensive. As gas prices soar, used car values have increased. It might be wise this summer to look into selling your car and upgrading to a more gas-efficient vehicle like the Smart For Two.

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