22 SUVs and trucks that cost more than $100 to fill up

Consumer Reports Staff

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As gasoline prices continue to climb, the cliché "pain at the pump" is being thrown around with great frequency. But, how much pain is it really? Inspired by anecdotal complaints of drivers boasting of wallet-denting fill-ups, we crunched the data to see what the most expensive tanks are to fill, and we found more than 20 vehicles go beyond the $100 mark.

No surprise: The most expensive vehicles to fill up have massive tanks, and the tally is typically made worse by a need for diesel fuel or premium gasoline. Almost all the vehicles in this exclusive club are large SUVs and pickup trucks.

Generally, these vehicles tend to offer rather modest to poor fuel economy, making matters worse. Not one returned 20 mpg or more overall in our tests. However, most offer tremendous theoretical range, based on their performance in our highway fuel economy tests. Often the city fuel economy is about half that highway figure, so as always, your mileage may vary.

To run these numbers, we started with almost 300 vehicles in our current test ratings, then multiplied the fuel capacity against the current nationwide average fuel costs, according to the Energy Information Administration. The results put 22 models over the $100 threshold.

Just behind this group is about 10 midsized SUVs and a luxury car poised to cross the $100 mark should prices go up a dime per gallon.

There is no question that Americans are feeling pain. With the average age of most cars hovering around nine-years old, most motorists bought their current ride based on different assumptions. Namely, that gas would be about half the price it is today, and they likely shaped their life around these assumptions, such as distance to work and other frequent destinations. But now, armed with this trivia, you will know which drivers are being hit with the greatest fill-up bills.

Make & Model

Fuel Type

Fuel Capacity

Range

Cost

Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ

Diesel

36.0

792

$149.40

Ford F-250 Lariat

Diesel

35.0

805

$145.25

Ford F-150 XLT V-8

Regular

36.0

792

$141.12

Ram 2500 Laramie

Diesel

34.0

578

$141.10

Ford Expedition EL Eddie Bauer

Regular

33.5

603

$131.32

Chevrolet Avalanche LT

Regular

31.5

630

$123.48

Audi Q7 Premium Plus

Premium

26.4

607

$110.09

Mercedes-Benz GL450

Premium

26.4

581

$110.09

Porsche Cayenne V-6

Premium

26.4

686

$110.09

Lincoln Navigator Ultimate

Regular

28.0

504

$109.76

Nissan Titan SV V-8

Regular

28.0

532

$109.76

Mercedes-Benz GL320 BlueTec

Diesel

26.4

713

$109.56

Infiniti QX56

Premium

26.0

546

$108.42

Toyota Sequoia Limited

Regular

26.4

554

$103.49

Toyota Tundra SR5 V-8

Regular

26.4

528

$103.49

Mercedes-Benz ML350

Premium

24.6

615

$102.58

Cadillac Escalade (base)

Regular

26.0

546

$101.92

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT V-8

Regular

26.0

494

$101.92

Chevrolet Suburban LT3   

Regular

26.0

520

$101.92

Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

Regular

26.0

650

$101.92

Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ

Regular

26.0

520

$101.92

Ram 1500 SLT V-8

Regular

26.0

494

$101.92