March Madness: Pump Prices Nearly 20 Cents Below Last Year

Phoenix, March 21, 2013. Arizona drivers may still be feeling pain at the pump – but not as much as this time last year. This week, the statewide average dropped 2.7 cents to $3.708 per gallon, making it 18.5 cents below year-ago prices. Nationally, prices fell almost a penny to $3.691 per gallon, which is 17.3 cents below year-ago levels.

“While the recent price movement has varied by state, the year-over-year savings have been nearly universal across the country,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “This continues to support AAA’s projection that prices will peak lower and earlier than 2012, barring unforeseen circumstances.”

Tucson and Scottsdale hold the low and high state fuel averages at $3.485 and $3.852 per gallon, respectively. Wyoming and California hold the lowest and highest average prices for the lower 48 states at $3.329 and $4.092 per gallon, respectively.


Today’s price

Change from last week

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Last year’s price

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As an advocacy organization representing the motoring public, AAA offers a variety of free resources to help motorists keep fuel budgets in check, including: 

  • Fuel Price Finder ( locates the lowest fuel price in your area.
  • AAA Gas Price Alerts ( offers users weekly fuel price text alerts.
  • AAA Mobile ( provides directions and plots fuel prices along your travel route.


  • AAA’s Member Rewards Visa® Credit Card ( accumulates double points on fuel purchases.

AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report includes data from gasoline stations in every Arizona community. Local prices in some communities might be higher or lower than the averages shown here. This service is updated daily by the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) with average national, state and local prices for gasoline, diesel and E-85. Every day, more than 100,000 stations are surveyed in cooperation with Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability.