$500 to $3,850: Wide Range for Model Year 2017 Estimated Annual Fuel Costs
(Source: Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy)
The 2017 Fuel Economy Guide by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy shows the estimated annual fuel cost ranges for each vehicle size class. For most size classes, there is a wide range of vehicle fuel costs for consumers to consider. Vehicles classified as standard SUVs had the widest range in annual fuel cost from a minimum of $700 to a maximum of $3,850 per year. Size classes with all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles tend to have the widest range in annual fuel costs due to the large difference in efficiency between electric drivetrains and conventional drivetrains. The small pickup trucks class, which has only conventional drivetrains, had the narrowest fuel cost range with a difference of just $500 between the models with the lowest and highest annual fuel cost. Among all size classifications, the vehicle with the lowest annual fuel cost for the 2017 model year falls into the midsize cars class at only $500 per year (the Hyundai Ioniq Electric).