Slotting between the Renegade and Cherokee in the brand's lineup, the 2018 Jeep Compass is a compact SUV that replaced the old Compass as well as the Patriot with a 2017 redesign. How much you want to buy and drive one may be dependent on what your fuel costs look like; the good news is that gas prices across the country dropped this week, so it'll be less than it was seven days ago.
The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report said on Thursday said the national average for regular was $2.87. For premium gas it was $3.43, down 3 cents from a week ago, and for diesel fuel it was $3.30, up a penny.
Prices in different states, though, vary widely because of local taxes as well as supply and demand factors. For example, the cost of filling the 13.5-gallon tank in a 2018 Jeep Compass can vary by more than $16 based on AAA's average prices. The Compass use a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and offers a choice of manual or automatic transmissions and front- or all-wheel drive.
- At the national average of $2.87 for regular, filling the tank from empty would cost about $38.75.
- In California, where regular was the highest in the contiguous U.S. at $3.82, the bill would increase to $51.57. In Hawaii, where regular was once again the highest in the country at $3.90 a gallon, it would be even more: $52.65.
- In Mississippi and South Carolina, where regular averaged $2.60 to lead the nation with the lowest costs, you'd only have to pay $35.10 at the pump.
As oil prices and demand for gasoline continued to fall the past week, pump prices declined in most states, and the national average for regular dropped 4 cents. Pump prices rose slightly during September and early October, contrary to the usual pattern of lower prices after Labor Day. Higher oil prices were a key factor behind those increases.
The result is that motorists are paying less in most states, including in the Southeast, which recently was battered by two weeks of storms, creating some temporary shortages of gas.
Prices rose the past week in the West and states on the Pacific Ocean because a pipeline leak reduced the supply of oil to refineries in the Pacific Northwest. In the Great Lakes area, where major price swings are common, some motorists saw double-digit decreases: Regular fell by 11 cents in Indiana, 13 in Michigan and 14 in Ohio. The typical pattern in those states is that after big declines such as those, prices rebound over the next couple of weeks, so now would be a good time to top off the tank.
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