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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.

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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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