New data breaks down what it costs to drive a car in Oklahoma

Soaring gasoline prices over the past few years have led consumers and industry leaders to pay more attention to drivers' cost per mile.
by Adam Wilmoth Modified: August 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm •  Published: August 1, 2013
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Consumers are used to paying attention to miles per gallon, especially when looking for a new car.

But an even more important number might be cost per mile.

GasBuddy.com this week released a massive database that breaks down the cost per mile for vehicles nationwide and by state. The list shows a stark contrast among both vehicle fuel efficiency and local fuel prices.

Assuming an average price of $3.43 per gallon, the report found that Oklahomans pay between 6.9 cents and more than 34 cents per mile.

Topping the list is the Bugatti Veyron with a combined city and highway cost of 34.3 cents per mile, although I doubt there are very many Oklahomans who drive the French sports car.

I certainly haven't seen one cruising down Interstate 35.

Oklahoma is a truck state, with the top 10 vehicle models in Oklahoma City overwhelmingly dominated by trucks, especially the Ford F-series models, according to R.L. Polk and Co.

The four-wheel-drive, V-8 F-150 clocked in at 26.4 cents per mile, while the front-wheel-drive F-150 carries a much less-expensive cost of 18.1 cents per mile.

Oklahoma City's No. 2 selling vehicle last year was the Chevrolet Silverado, which ranges from 16.3 cents per mile for the two-wheel-drive hybrid to 22.9 cents for the four-wheel-drive model.


by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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