State Pump Price Surges to 8-Week High

Despite gains, Arizona maintains fourth lowest fuel price in the country


Phoenix, Aug. 23, 2012. The end of summer may be in sight, but unfortunately for motorists, the same cannot be said of higher pump prices. This week, the statewide average increased 8.4 cents to $3.498 per gallon. Nationally, pump prices increased 0.8 cents to $3.718 per gallon.


The price of fuel has steadily risen over the last month. Arizona’s average is up 20 cents, while the national average is 24 cents higher. However, recent pump pain won’t deter Labor Day travel, as AAA projects that 564,000 Arizonans – or 84 percent of all holiday travelers – will embark on a road trip over the final three day weekend of the summer.


“Despite the recent price climb, Labor Day road trips among Arizonans are up 3.6 percent over last year,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “AAA maintains that, given current conditions, pump prices will settle down as the busy summer driving season draws to a close and the switch-over from summer- to winter-blend gasoline begins to take place.”


Tucson and Flagstaff hold the low and high state fuel averages at $3.414 and $3.647 per gallon, respectively. South Carolina and California holds the lowest and highest prices in the lower 48 states at $3.447 and $4.120 per gallon, respectively.



Today’s Price

Change from last week



Last Year’s Price

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*E85 MPG/BTU adjusted price







Motorists can have a chance at fueling their gas budgets for free by entering the AAA Insurance gas sweepstakes. By requesting a no-obligation insurance quote, participants will be entered to win a year’s supply of gas. Each contestant will also be entered to win a $500 gas card. Get your auto insurance quote online, visit your nearest AAA office, or call toll-free 1-866-298-1232 by Sept. 15 for a chance to win.

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

*The BTU-adjusted price of E-85 is the nationwide average price of E-85 adjusted to reflect the lower energy content as expressed in British Thermal Units. The BTU-adjusted price is calculated and displayed as part of AAA's Fuel Gauge Report because according to the Energy Information Administration, E-85 delivers about 25 percent fewer BTUs by volume than conventional gasoline. Because "flexible fuel" vehicles can operate on conventional fuel and E-85, the BTU-adjusted price of E-85 is essential to understanding the cost implications of each fuel choice for consumers.



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.