How much does gasoline cost extra for each type of car? See how yours compares

As gasoline prices rise steadily in the United States and abroad, despite Monday’s weekly price decline in the United States, many drivers are learning how much it costs recently to fill their vehicles’ tanks.

Gas prices across the country began to rise before Russia invaded Ukraine. But the escalation in the 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 gasoline reached $4.29 nationwide, according to AAA. A year ago, the average was $2.89, indicating an average retail price increase of $1.41 per gallon.

Let’s take a closer look at how soaring gasoline prices affect the average American’s wallet.

What will rising gas prices cost drivers?

A $1 increase in the price of a gallon of gasoline costs the average American driver an additional $56 per month, according to a Kelley Blue Book study using 5-year cost of ownership data. At the federal minimum wage ($7.25), unchanged since 2009, it would take 8 extra hours of work per month to cover this extra expense.

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

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

The graph below also shows the additional monthly cost now that the price of gasoline, on average, is up nearly $1.50 from March 2021.

In summary: owners of less efficient vehicles feel it the most.

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Which vehicles cost you the most to run

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

The price increases affect almost all households. Drivers of subcompact and compact cars are paying $54 and $60 more per month, respectively, than they were a year ago. Drivers of hybrid cars are affected, with monthly gas costs for this group rising by nearly $40 per month, the research found. Even city dwellers without cars may see higher prices for goods as retailers and others pass on fuel costs and ride-sharing companies impose temporary surcharges.

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Calculating your additional costs

The table below assumes that the average driver drives 15,000 miles per year on a vehicle, of which 55% is at city speeds and 45% at highway speeds.

Check out the estimates below to see how your vehicle type compares.

Additional cost per month when gas price is:


Monthly gas cost at average price over 5 years

Up to $1/gallon

Up to $1.50/gallon

Hybrid/alternative energy car




Subcompact car




compact car




Intermediate 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




Intermediate pickup




High performance luxury car




Full-size pickup truck




High performance car




Full-size SUV/Crossover




Luxury full-size SUV/crossover




National average




Source: Kelley’s Blue Book

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