for the money, it's hard to find a car that delivers as much fun in such a reliable, well- used engine ered package as the 2019 mazda mx-5 miata — and that's why we've named it our most fun-to-drive car of the year. but what are the fuel costs once you actually buy one?
bucking a long-running trend of declining fuel prices, it would actually cost you the same this week as it did the week before. according to the aaa daily fuel gauge report, the national average early thursday was $2.83, unchanged from the same time a week ago. the miata's 2.0-liter four-cylinder used engine requires premium, but it has a epa combined estimate of 29 mpg with the standard six-speed manual and 30 mpg with the optional six-speed automatic.
here is what it would cost to fill the miata's 11.9-gallon tank based on prices posted thursday by aaa:
- at the national average for premium of $2.83, filling from empty would cost you $33.68.
- in hawaii, where premium at $3.57 a gallon was once again highest in the nation after a week off, the cost would rise to more than $42.48.
- in missouri, premium was only $2.36, a penny less than the previous week and the cheapest average in the u.s., so the bill would drop to a little more than $27.85.
the national average for regular was $2.24 on thursday, according to aaa, one cent higher than a week ago. diesel fuel, meanwhile, was down 2 cents to $2.93. despite higher prices in many areas, aaa said the national average for regular gas thursday was 29 cents lower than a year ago and premium was 23 cents lower. diesel fuel had been running higher than the previous year for months, but on thursday it slipped to one cent below the same date last year.
oil prices began to rise after christmas and on thursday were nearly $6 higher than three weeks earlier. motorists are paying more at the pump in several states as a result. gas prices rose in most southern and southwestern states the past week, pushing the national average for regular gas up by a penny to end a 14-week streak of declining prices. in addition to most southern and southwestern states, regular rose by 5 cents or less in illinois, iowa, missouri, ohio and others. regular averaged less than $2 in 10 states.
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