By: Jillian Wilson
Quad Citians looking to buy cars at the Auto Show say they expect rising gas prices.
But it's not stopping them from looking at gas guzzling SUV's.
"It's tough on my wallet right now. It's real tough," says Robert Taylor, a Rock Island resident.
Even though folks at the River Center tell CBS 4, they're paying a fortune on gas.
The big wheels are fueling their interest.
"We're looking more so for an SUV," says Patty Brink, shopping for an SUV.
A safer ride in tough weather, more space to pack up the car and kids, and for comfort during those long car rides.
But some are searching for size simply because it's their only option.
"We need to find one because my husband is tall and has long legs, he needs one he'll actually fit in and can see out the windshield," says Brink.
Lucky for SUV lovers, newer trucks like the Ford F 150 are designed to get better gas mileage; giving them a break before they hit the pump.
And even if Quad Citians aren't in the market to buy, they say it's just fun to look.
"I'd rather have a less, smaller car, less luxury, and save a little money than ride in style," says Taylor.
The national average for gasoline is just over $3.50 a gallon. AAA predicts that average will hit $4 this summer because of the state of the economy.