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1502 Auto Park Way No., Escondido, CA, 92029

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  • Mon - Sat9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Sun11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Mon - Fri7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - SunClosed
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  • Mon - Fri7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - SunClosed

Does Acura Require Premium Gas?

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Do all Acuras require premium gas? In short, no. It’s common thinking that a luxury model like Acura would require premium gas to run properly, but this isn’t the case. However, it’s recommended that you use a higher-octane fuel in your Acura. Learn more about the difference between premium gas and regular gas, why we recommend using a higher-octane fuel, and more today!



What’s the Difference Between Premium Gas vs. Regular Gas?

As mentioned above, all fuel has an octane level. The main difference between regular and premium gas is the octane level present. The octane ratings for fuel are:

  • Regular: 87 octane rating
  • Midrange: 88 to 90 octane rating
  • Premium: 91 to 94 octane rating

The higher the octane level, the lower the risk that combustion will occur outside of when it’s supposed to. This is called pre-ignition or an engine knock, as it sounds like knocking. Higher-octane gas is designed to resist knocking as you drive.


Why Use Premium Gas?

Acura models, as well as other modern-day vehicles, are frequently designed with knock sensors to prevent pre-ignition from occurring. While your luxury model can run on lower-octane fuel, or regular gas, you won’t be able to experience its full performance potential without using premium gas. Acura models are created with high performance in mind. Many of these SUVs and sedans feature turbocharged or supercharged engines, which use a higher compression ratio. This is why we recommend high-octane—or premium—gas instead of regular fuel for most Acura models. 

2021 Acura TLX driving on city streets


Take Advantage of Acura Performance in Escondido

Ready to get behind the wheel of an Acura for yourself? Schedule a test drive today with us at Acura of Escondido in Escondido. If you’re unsure about which model is right for you, get in touch with our team. We’re more than happy to help you drive off in the right Acura. Also, browse our new vehicle specials to save more. In the meantime, be sure to check out our online guides to learn more or contact our team with any questions.


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