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If Your Vehicle Doesn't Require It, Premium May Not Be Worth It

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Scott Davis | 13 December, 2017, 06:36

There's a little bit of good news for holiday travelers in Colorado.

AAA pointed out that premium fuel can cost $0.50 more than regular nationwide.

The findings fly (drive) in the face of the common-held belief, especially held by owners of luxury vehicles, that if you put premium into your tank, it will perform at an optimal level. However, according to new research by AAA, using more expensive premium gas on vehicles that don't require it is just throwing money away.

In some cars, usually luxury models, Premium fuel is actually required, not just recommended. It was only these states that saw prices rise, ruining an otherwise countrywide drop in gas prices.

Kansas gas prices tied the second largest weekly decline in the country, falling another four cents per gallon to a statewide average of $2.28. When documenting those findings, AAA then warned drivers what insistence on buying premium was doing to their wallets.

"Premium fuel has the potential to boost a vehicle's fuel economy and performance, but engines have to be calibrated to require that fuel to see the full benefit", said John Nielsen, AAA's managing director of Automotive Engineering and fix.

"There's no question that higher-octane premium fuel has the potential to boost a vehicle's fuel economy and performance, however, engines have to be calibrated to require that fuel to see the full benefit", John Nielsen, AAA's Managing Director of Automotive Engineering and fix, said in a statement.




The term "Premium" gas is a little misleading.

Fuel economy improved by an average of only 2.7 percent when they used premium gas, while horsepower increased a meager 1.4 percent on average.

Test vehicles included a Ford Mustang GT, Jeep Renegade, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Cadillac Escalade ESV, Audi A-3, and Ford F150 XLT.

"Horsepower for test vehicles averaged an increase of 1.4%", AAA said.

For those vehicles that do not recommend or require premium gasoline, AAA suggests drivers opt for the lower priced, regular fuel.

Vehicles that require premium gasoline should always use it, AAA said. "Drivers looking to upgrade to a higher quality fuel for their vehicle should save their money and select a TOP TIER gasoline, not a higher-octane one".

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