When it’s time to fuel your new or used Mazda vehicle from our Connecticut Mazda dealership, you’ll soon be faced with a choice of fuel types. It’s important to use the right fuel type for your engine, but perhaps you have the option of using both regular and premium. Here are few considerations to keep in mind the next time you’re at the pump.

Choosing Between Regular and Premium Gas

What is the most important thing to understand about regular versus premium fuel types? In a nutshell, premium gas contains higher octane levels than regular gas. This means that the chances of fuel burning in your engine unevenly, also known as “engine knock,” — something that is not desired and can lead to bigger engine degradation issues — is less likely.

Higher octane levels in premium gas correspond to higher price tags, but the premium label doesn’t always mean that it’s the best option for your vehicle. So how can you decide the best option for you and your vehicle? First, check to see what the manufacturer recommends. You may find that premium fuel is only recommended rather than required. Your choice may also depend on whether you’re purchasing a brand-new 2018 model like the 2018 Mazda CX-9 versus a used model. While premium gas is not required for a new 2018 Mazda CX-9, you may find a performance difference that you enjoy when opting for a higher octane level. Or you may find that you can achieve savings and performance with regular fuel.

When in doubt, ask one of the service technicians at our Mazda dealership in Hartford, CT. Give us a call or stop by Liberty Mazda, and we’ll help you determine the best fuel choice for your Mazda vehicle.