the honda civic is a mainstay of the brand's lineup, and minimal changes for 2019 shouldn't do anything to radically affect its status as one of the most popular cars in the u.s. though there are minor price hikes for 2019, what you get for the money includes the honda sensing suite of safety features, some styling tweaks and more. what it won't affect is how much you pay at the pump once you've purchased one.
the civic offers shoppers several choices: sedan, hatchback or coupe body styles; turbocharged or naturally aspirated four-cylinder used engine ; manual or continuously variable automatic transmissions; and a lineup that ranges from economy models to performance versions. all models have epa ratings of more than 30 mpg for combined city/highway driving and can burn regular gas, though honda recommends premium for the si and type r models.
here is what it would cost to fill the civic's 12.4-gallon tank based on prices posted early thursday by the aaa fuel gauge report:
- at the national average of $2.30 for regular, filling from empty would cost $28.52.
- californians, though, would have to shell out nearly $42 because the average price there is $3.38. and hawaiians, ever the leaders in terms of cost per gallon for regular, would break that barrier and pay $42.28 at the current rate of $3.41 per gallon.
- in missouri, where regular was just $1.87 per gallon — lowest in the land — the cost would drop to $23.19.
all of those prices signal a decline from a week ago. at that point, missouri was the only state where regular averaged less than $2; this week, though, eight more states have joined the club as prices continued to retreat: alabama, arkansas, kansas, louisiana, mississippi, oklahoma, texas and south carolina.
pump prices continued to fall across the country over the past week, and the year should end with the lowest gas prices since 2016. aaa said the national average for regular gas was 16 cents lower than a year ago and the same as it was two years ago. it also continues a decline where pump prices have fallen for 12 weeks in a row.
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premium gas, meanwhile, fell 6 cents to a national average of $2.90 and now is 9 cents less than a year ago. diesel fuel dropped 4 cents to $3.02 but remains 18 cents higher than a year ago.
the recent decline in pump prices has been fueled mainly by a 40 percent drop in oil prices. after a brief rally earlier this week, oil prices began to lose ground again.
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