Gas prices rose again this past week, so anyone considering a 2018 Lincoln Navigator should be glad to know that this redesigned full-size luxury SUV has higher EPA ratings than previous versions. Combined EPA city/highway ratings are 1-2 mpg higher on all versions of the redesigned Navigator (and on the similar Ford Expedition) thanks to a new turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 and a 10-speed automatic (replacing a six-speed), plus a generous helping of weight-saving aluminum.
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The national average for regular gas rose 2 cents the past week to $2.51 on Thursday, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. Premium gas rose a penny to $3.03, and diesel fuel climbed 3 cents to $2.92. Regular is now 15 cents higher than a year ago, premium is 18 cents higher and diesel is up 39 cents.
- The standard-size navigator has a 23-gallon fuel tank, so filling it with regular from empty would cost $57.73 based on the current national average. The longer Navigator L has a 28-gallon tank, so a complete fill would cost $70.28.
- On the other hand, the gas tanks are smaller this year, so the range between fuel stops is shorter. A standard 2018 Navigator with two-wheel drive can travel 437 miles and an L can stretch it to 504 miles, according to the EPA, which uses the combined city/highway rating to calculate range.
- The EPA says that a standard-size 2017 Navigator with a 28-gallon tank and rear drive could go 476 miles, and an L model with a 33.5-gallon tank could go 570 miles. (Four-wheel-drive models would have slightly less range.)
Gas prices have moved higher for three weeks in a row, and part of that push is from rising oil prices. U.S. oil was trading at nearly $64 per barrel early Thursday, up 14 percent from three weeks ago. Pump prices rose in all but a few states, with the average for regular jumping 6 cents in California and Minnesota and 7 cents in Iowa and Oklahoma. Indiana was the week's big loser, with regular dropping 9 cents in the Hoosier state.
Missouri has the lowest statewide average for regular at $2.25, and Alabama and Texas were a penny higher. Hawaii had the highest average, $3.30, followed by California at $3.17 and Alaska at $3.09.
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