This was a surprise?

Bryan Carisone, a heating and air-conditioning contractor in Raritan, N.J., “absolutely loves” his new GMC Denali XL, an extra-large sport utility vehicle with televisions built into the leather seats. But in June, one week after he bought it, he pulled into a station on a near-empty tank and watched the total climb higher and higher — to $109.

“It just about killed me,” Mr. Carisone said.

At the beginning of June, oil was selling for $138 a barrel. Yet at some point during that month, Mr. Carisone bought an “extra large” SUV, and was then shocked to discover how much it cost to fill the tank.

Wow. Just, wow.

… my wife points out that the name of the SUV is an anagram for “denial”…