Premium vs. Regular Gas: Explore Their Differences

If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between premium and regular gas when fueling up at West Bloomfield gas stations, you’re not alone. Many local drivers question whether their vehicle would benefit from premium gasoline as opposed to regular, and Mercedes-Benz of Bloomfield Hills is here to help! Consult our helpful guide to compare premium vs. regular gas and help determine which is best for your specific make and model.

Premium Gasoline Facts

Premium and regular gas share a few qualities, like the fact that they’re both derived from crude oil and are both combustible. Where they vary is their octane level, which indicates how well it combats inappropriate fuel consumption. Premium gas usually has an octane level of 90 or higher. The main benefit of premium gas is that it helps keep your engine cleaner.

Regular Gasoline Facts

Regular unleaded gasoline is the most commonly used type of gas among Southfield drivers, and it works just fine for almost every type of vehicle on the road. Unleaded gas is far healthier for your personal health and the environment than gas that contains lead, and its octane level is 87.

What’s the Difference Between Premium and Regular Gas?

Aside from their differing octane levels, premium and regular gas may seem pretty similar overall. However, that’s not the only factor that sets them apart:

  • Octane Rating: The higher the octane rating, the lesser the chance of engine knocking – an issue that can cause damage to your vehicle. Sometimes called pre-ignition, engine knocking is less common with premium gasoline, which has a higher octane level than regular gasoline.
  • Price: For some Birmingham drivers, the most noticeable difference between premium and regular gas is their cost. On average, premium gas costs 20 to 40 cents more per gallon than regular.

Before you decide if premium vs. regular gas is the better option for you, remember the following tips:

  • Opting for premium gas even if your vehicle doesn’t require it will not boost your car’s performance or extend its lifespan.
  • If your vehicle does require premium gas, using regular gas is usually not harmful. But if you hear knocking when you use regular gas, you should switch back to premium.
  • If your vehicle is equipped with turbochargers, premium gas may be necessary.

Learn More About Premium vs. Regular Gas with Mercedes-Benz of Bloomfield Hills

Have lingering questions about the difference between premium and regular gas? Mercedes-Benz of Bloomfield Hills is here to assist! Contact us online or give our service center a call at (248) 644-8400. For more helpful service tips, consult our online information center.

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