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Kelley Blue Book: We calculated how much more gas is costing for every type of vehicle — see how yours stacks up

With gas prices steadily climbing in the U.S. and abroad, despite the weekly price decline registered Monday in the U.S., many drivers are learning how much extra it costs of late to fill their vehicles’ tanks.

Gas prices across the nation started rising before Russia invaded Ukraine. But the escalation into war pushed them even higher, and then came the global wave of sanctions against the Kremlin. As of March 17, the average price of a gallon of gas hit $4.29 nationwide, according to AAA. The average a year ago was $2.89, pointing to an average retail-price increase of $1.41 a gallon.

Let’s take a deeper look at how spiking gas prices affect the average American’s wallet.

What will higher gas prices cost drivers?

A $1 increase in the price of a gallon of gas costs the average American driver an additional $56 a month, according to Kelley Blue Book research from 5-year Cost to Own data. At the federal minimum wage ($7.25), unchanged since 2009, it would take an additional 8 hours of work per month to cover that added expense.

The research considers estimates of the total vehicle-related costs an owner pays during the first five years of vehicle ownership. This includes out-of-pocket expenses like fuel, car insurance and lost value to vehicle depreciation.

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Looking at operating costs by vehicle segment and a car owner who drives 15,000 miles a year, the research shows the average fuel costs per month, based on average fuel costs over the past five years (roughly $3 a gallon). Then, the Kelley Blue Book data analysts calculated the additional cost for every $1 increase in a gallon of gas.

The chart below also shows the additional monthly cost now that the price of gasoline, on average, has increased by nearly $1.50 from March 2021.

The bottom line: Owners of less efficient vehicles are feeling it the most.

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Which vehicles cost you more to operate  

The driver of a full-size SUV pays about $110 more each month to operate that vehicle. A full-size pickup now costs $100 more a month to drive than a year ago.

The price rises are impacting nearly all households. Drivers of subcompact and compact cars are paying $54 and $60 more a month than a year ago, respectively. Drivers of hybrid cars are affected, with monthly gas costs for that group increasing by nearly $40 a month, the research shows. Even urban dwellers without cars may see higher prices for goods as retailers and others pass along fuel costs and as ride-sharing companies enact temporary surcharges.

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Calculating your additional costs

The chart below assumes the average driver puts 15,000 miles a year on a vehicle, 55% of it at city speeds and 45% at highway speeds.

See the estimates below to find out how your vehicle type stacks up.

Additional cost per month when gas price is:


Monthly Gas Cost at 5-Year Average Price

Up $1/gallon

Up $1.50/gallon

Hybrid/Alternative Energy Car




Subcompact Car




Compact Car




Midsize Car




Luxury Subcompact SUV/Crossover








Subcompact SUV/Crossover




Subcompact SUV/Crossover




Entry-Level Luxury Car








Sporty Compact Car




Luxury Car




Sports Car




Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover




Full-Size Car




Luxury Sports Car




Midsize SUV/Crossover




High-End Luxury Car




Luxury Midsize SUV/Crossover




Midsize Pickup Truck




Luxury High-Performance Car




Full-Size Pickup Truck




High-Performance Car




Full-Size SUV/Crossover




Luxury Full-Size SUV/Crossover




National Average




Source: Kelley Blue Book

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