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How to use our fuel cost calculator

MapQuest.com now offers an estimated fuel cost calculation for the routes you create!  Find it on our listed directions pages. Estimates are based on the MPG you've set in your MapQuest Account for your default vehicle.

If you are not logged in, or don't have any vehicles set up in your account, we'll use an average MPG to estimate your fuel cost. Click here to learn more about setting up vehicles in your MapQuest Account.

Where do I find the estimated fuel cost for my routes on MapQuest?

The estimated cost for your route will appear next to the ETA, distance, and traffic information for your route on both the Route Options page and at the top of the listed directions page.

Note: Fuel cost estimates are coming soon to Route Planner. In the meantime, please use the main MapQuest.com site to view estimated fuel cost for your routes.

How does MapQuest calculate this estimated fuel cost for my routes?

MapQuest uses a simple formula to calculate the estimated fuel cost for your routes:

(Route Distance) x (Average Cost of Gas Along Route) ÷ (Vehicle MPG) 

We calculate the average cost of gas along your route based on petroleum price data we receive from OPIS, a leading provider of petroleum data. Additionally, we will use your vehicle's fuel range to estimate how often your car will need fuel along your route. The Vehicle MPG used in this calculation can be configured in your MapQuest Account settings under Vehicles. 

Note: Although you can select diesel as your vehicle's fuel type we are currently only calculating the estimated cost of fuel with regular fuel costs.  We will be working on adding accurate diesel estimates in the future. 

Click here to learn more about setting up vehicles in your MapQuest Account.

Note: If you're not logged into a MapQuest Account, or if you don't have any vehicles set, we use an industry average value of Highway 35 MPG/City 25 MPG and vehicle range of 400 miles. We chose this average based on current fuel economy data. We recommend logging in to a MapQuest Account and setting up your vehicle preferences for the most accurate fuel cost estimates.

Feel free to visit the following links for more information about fuel economy:

Does MapQuest offer estimated fuel savings for my electric car?

The Vehicles setting in your MapQuest account can be used to calculate estimated fuel savings for electric cars. Enter the vehicle information for your car and select "electric" for the preferred fuel. This will use the MPGe to calculate the estimated savings for your route. Click here to learn more about setting up vehicles in your MapQuest Account.


How to customize your route by dragging

We know quite a few ways to get you where you're going - we also know that sometimes only you know the best route for you.

Our drag features put you in control when it comes to customizing your route to meet your needs.

Easily choose which roads to use by clicking and dragging the route line itself until it snaps to the road you want. 

Please note: Currently, only Route Option #1 can be editted by dragging.


As soon as you adjust the route, a new pin will show on the map, along with a corresponding route stop so that your customization will be reflected if you choose to share your route with friends or send it to our mobile app. If you need to undo any of your changes, simply click the "Remove Stop" icon (it looks like a minus sign) to the left of the route stop that was added in the left-panel.

Tips & Tricks
In addition to dragging your route, you can also fine-tune the location of any of your route stops by clicking and dragging the pin on the map (as seen above).
How to edit your route settings

Need to get to the airport and avoid the toll-roads on the way? Our easy-to-use route settings can help with this!

As you create your route, you can click Route Settings (underneath the input boxes) to change your distance units from miles to kilometers and/or avoid toll roads, highways, ferries, seasonal roads, and more!

Please note: The "Avoid" features in your Route Settings are activated when in the Right position (the toggle switch darkens when "On").

*Timed restrictions are roads or turns that are restricted at certain times throughout the day. Examples include bridges that open for boats to pass through and turns that aren't allowed during school hours.*

Introducing Single Search

Our users asked, we listened. Introducing Single Search, a new and improved way to search for your favorite points of interest on MapQuest.

Search is a cornerstone of our product, and after feedback and testing we felt the need to increase usability while allowing our users to discover and explore new places. 

Single Search now allows you to complete a search at any point during your experience, while also allowing you to gradually refine information and drill in further for more detailed results. 

We have scaled back our layers offering and are focusing on the most popular categories, however you can still use the main search bar to refine results in the category of your choice by searching with a keyword. 

We set out to build a responsive MapQuest.com with a human-centric design and as a result, the new MapQuest is about more than the interface and technology of the updated maps. It’s about the unexpected connections they make possible.

We hope these changes make your search experience more enjoyable on MapQuest! As always, if you have any specific feedback relating to these changes please feel free to contact our support team, help@mapquest.com.


Accounts and My Maps on MapQuest!

To sign in to your account and use the My Maps features, click Log in, or Sign Up if you don't have an account yet.


Once you're logged in, your My Maps, Favorites, and Account Settings are accessible through the Account button:


Click here for more information about your account 

or here for more information about saving places and routes using My Maps.

Please note: Some outdated/unsupported versions of web browsers (such as Internet Explorer 8 and 9, Safari 5 and 6, etc.) will not be able to load MapQuest.com due to technical limitations in those browsers. If you're using an unsupported browser, please consider upgrading to take advantage of our great new features. Click here to learn more
Printing your maps is easier than ever

Thanks to some great feedback from our awesome users, you now have an easy-to-use print button on all of the pages on the new MapQuest.com. You can find it in the Map Tools section on the right side of the page (the same place your zoom, satellite, and share icons are located)!

Whether you're looking at a map you've manually zoomed into, a search result, or driving directions, just click the Print button as shown above to print out your desired map!

How to reset your MapQuest account password

To reset your MapQuest account password, simply:

  1. Head to MapQuest.com and click Log in


  1. Click "trouble signing in" below the "Next" box
  2. Enter your email address, or your recovery email address or phone number (if you previously set one)
  3. You will be directed to a verification code screen. Do NOT leave this page. 
  4. Check your email for a verification code from us in a separate tab or browser so you can remain on the MapQuest verification code screen
  5. Enter the verification code to access your account. From the "success" page, click on "create a new password" to reset your password for future use
Please Note: To ensure that our emails will not be detected as spam, you may add "no-reply@mapquest.com" to your list of contacts/address book to ensure that your email account will recognize it as a "friendly sender"

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