How do I find out how much gas would be to travel from Phoenix to Payson, Arizona?

October 12, 2008

We would be driving a Ford Freestar van. It is 101 miles to Payson from Phoenix Sky Harbor airport.
It's a rental car. I don't have it yet and so no owner's manual.

The owner's manual will give you the miles per gallon and do the math from there.


7 Responses to “How do I find out how much gas would be to travel from Phoenix to Payson, Arizona?”

  1. Peter Gibbons on October 12th, 2008 7:27 am

    Freestar gets about 22mpg highway. Most of this journey is highway, but on the way to Payson you will be driving in the hills and gaining quite a bit of elevation, so milage will probably be slightly less than that. Anyway…

    101/22 = 4.59 gallons. The average price of gas in the Valley was $4.13 today. That means you can expect to pay about $18.96 in fuel to get up there.

    Side note: Once you're in Payson, drive up on the rim, on the Rim road. Amazing views up there.
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  2. Steven C on October 12th, 2008 7:59 am

    The owner's manual will give you the miles per gallon and do the math from there.
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  3. Little Miss Sunshine on October 12th, 2008 8:05 am

    I don't have a clue but when we drive up there in our SUV – Kia Sorrento it takes about a half a tank and much less going down. So not too expensive. Also you will be near Woods Canyon Lake, it's so pretty! I highly recommend it.
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  4. az_starshine1 on October 12th, 2008 8:41 am

    I'm driving up this weekend (and did two weeks ago). Granted I am in a Mazda 6 (4-cylander), but I was also loaded down with camping stuff. We had used about 1/3 of a tank on the way up, and were a little under half when we got back down. Very nice drive, quick. And I also highly recommend the rim road… beautiful, just watch out for my tent!!

    PS It is easy to excessively speed out there… be careful! DPS likes to sit out there, especially around the turn off for Roosevelt Lake. Don't go crazy with the speed, just drive with traffic.
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  5. lost 1 on October 12th, 2008 9:31 am

    Just have a full tank you will be alright. I never start a trip without a tank full What if you break down in this heat say with a flat
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  6. Mike R on October 12th, 2008 9:44 am

    tip-easy to speed on this mostly highway route. Highway Patrol (DPS) sits on the BeeLine (87) Northbound to Payson and makes a lot of $$ on speeders. My bro's ticket was $158 last week. so be really careful.. they like to catch out of state licenses and rentals-they know the rent-a-car license plates.
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  7. Joey Mao on October 12th, 2008 10:10 am

    I usually make the round trip on 2/3rds of a tank. I have a small pickup with an 11 gallon tank.

    Watch your speed on the Beeline Hwy (SR87) especially between Deer Creek (just south of Rye) and Payson as DPS will be working the highway for speeders. They make a lot of money off of that stretch of road. You won't see them 'til it's too late so just drive the speed limit. If you see someone on the opposite side of the highway flashing their headlights off and on at you, they're giving you a heads up that a radar car is up ahead of you. Drive safe and enjoy your visit.
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