For a large family, a king-size SUV like the 2019 Chevrolet Suburban might be the right vehicle for the job of taking that trip over the river and through the woods for some seasonal Thanksgiving eats. The Suburban seats up to nine in three rows and provides ample cargo space in the rear. Such king-size accommodations, though, don’t come cheaply, either in the purchase price or the cost of feeding this beast of burden. How much would it cost to fill one up for a trip to Grandma’s house this Thanksgiving?
Good news: It’d be a lot less than last week, per the national average for gas prices. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report said the average price of regular gas was $2.60 on Wednesday, down 8 cents from a week ago and 31 cents less than in early October, when pump prices began to drop.
So what does that look like coming out of your wallet? Here’s what it would cost to fill the Suburban’s 31-gallon tank based on prices posted early Wednesday by AAA:
- At the national average for regular, filling the tank from empty would cost $80.60.
- In California, where regular averaged $3.63, the bill would climb to $112.53. But if you think that’s a hike, try Hawaii: Regular averaged $3.82 a gallon there, making a Suburban fill-up more than $118.
- In Texas, one of the biggest markets for the Suburban, regular was $2.30, and filling the tank would drop to $71.30.
- Missouri, which led the nation as the cheapest average for regular fuel in the U.S. this week at $2.24 per gallon, would fill up your Suburban for just $69.44.
Gas prices have steadily declined for seven weeks in a row, lowering the cost of driving on the busy Thanksgiving weekend. Pump prices fell throughout the country the past week, and the biggest declines were in the Great Lakes and Great Plains areas. Regular fell 8 cents in Kansas, Missouri and Ohio, and 10 cents in Iowa. The average price of regular has dropped 29 cents over the past three weeks in Iowa.
The national average for premium gas was $3.19, down 6 cents from a week ago, and diesel fuel was $3.22, down 3 cents.
Even with the steady slide in pump prices, however, GasBuddy.com noted that they are still the highest since 2014 for Thanksgiving Day, a time when millions of Americans travel by car to visit family and friends. If you’re taking a Suburban along for the trip, you’ll have it comparatively easy for this year – but not as easy as the same time in years past.
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