Should You Use Premium Gas?

For many drivers, the term “premium gas” is often misunderstood to mean “better gas.” While premium gas does have a higher octane level than regular gas, this does not necessarily mean it is “better” for your vehicle.

Here, we’ll briefly explain the difference between regular and premium gasoline types and when you should use premium gas — so you can stop feeling guilty for not giving your trusty ride the “good stuff.”Should you be using premium gas?

The Difference

Premium gas usually has an octane level of 92 or 93 while the octane level of regular gas is about 87. All you need to know about octane levels (unless you happen to be part of a Formula One pit crew,) is that they are meant to match the compression ratio of your engine in order to prevent “knocking.”

When Do I Use Premium Gas?

This all depends on your owner’s manual, which will “require,” “recommend,” or “not recommend” premium gas. If your car “requires” premium gas, it is probably a luxury or high-performance vehicle, and you absolutely must fill your tank with premium. But, if your owner’s manual just “recommends” premium gas, it’s completely up to you. You might notice a small increase in performance if you fill up with premium, but that’s really the only impact it will have – it won’t damage your vehicle. If premium gas is “not recommended” for your vehicle, simply stick to regular.

Do you have more questions about understanding your Honda vehicle? Give us a call at Floyd Traylor Honda today to speak with one of our experienced service technicians. We’re always here to help!