AAA: Premium Fuel Not Worth The Price

AAA: Premium Fuel Not Worth The Price

If you're buying premium gasoline for a vehicle that doesn't require it, you may be wasting your money, according to AAA.

You may think it's better than "Regular" gasoline because, well, it is called "Premium" and it costs more.

In a study released a year ago, AAA found consumers wasted almost $2.1 billion fueling vehicles that neither recommended or required premium gasoline. "AAA already proved that there is no benefit to using premium gasoline in cars created to run on regular".

Of course, the AAA study wasn't exactly high science-it (or, rather, the Auto Club of California, which actually physically ran the tests) tested only six different vehicles: a 3.5-liter Ecoboost Ford F-150, a 6.2-liter V8 Cadillac Escalade, a 5.0-liter V8 Ford Mustang, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Mazda MX-5 Miata, a 1.8-liter four-cylinder Audi A3, and a 1.4-liter four-cylinder Jeep Renegade. It was only these states that saw prices rise, ruining an otherwise countrywide drop in gas prices.

Against a backdrop of oil prices faltering, the nation's average gas price has moved lower, falling 2.5 cents in the last week to $2.45 per gallon, less than a penny away from the lowest level since Hurricane Harvey caused prices to surge.

Last year, AAA undertook an extensive study of whether motorists can gain anything from using premium gasoline. But that's just an average. It will run just fine on Regular under most circumstances, he said.

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"Each vehicle was tested on a dynamometer, which measures horsepower, and emissions testing equipment to determine fuel economy and tailpipe emissions when using both fuel types in a variety of driving conditions".

"I have a Mustang Cobra that I have to use premium in because I really tell difference in power and stuff".

Automakers sometimes advertise higher horsepower figures they attained using premium to attract enthusiasts, and buyers who don't know how little the difference will mean to them.

It's ultimately up to owners to decide if premium fuel is worth it, but choosing regular won't harm engines.

Also, AAA added that this does not apply to vehicles that require premium.

In any event, to save money on gas and prevent straining your engine, follow the recommendations in the owner's manual.

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