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Premium vs. Regular Gas

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When you visit the local Delray Beach gas station, you may be wondering about the difference between premium and regular gas. Both options have their benefits, but one choice may be better suited to your vehicle. Compare premium vs. regular gas with Lexus of Palm Beach to ensure your vehicle is being powered by the right type of fuel.



What is Premium Gasoline?

First, we’ll take a look at premium gasoline. Did you know that premium gas and regular gas share a number of qualities? Both are produced from crude oil and both are combustible. Where you’ll see the main difference is the octane level. Most premium gasoline will have an octane level that is 90 or above. Because premium gasoline is designed to keep your engine cleaner, its use leads to less pollution.

What is Regular Unleaded Gasoline?

Regular unleaded gasoline is the most common type of gas. This option will suffice for most vehicles on the roads of Lake Worth. It is still better for the environment and your health than gasoline that contains lead. It typically has an octane rating of 87.

The Difference Between Premium and Regular Gas

It seems as though the difference between premium and regular gas is minimal, but there are a few reasons why premium gas is required or recommended for some vehicles.

  • Octane Rating: The higher the octane level, the less chance there is of engine knocking, which can lead to vehicle damage. Engine knocking is less likely when you opt for premium gasoline.
  • Engine Suitability: Regular unleaded gas burns at a quicker rate than premium gas. This is why it is better for engines that have low compression ratios. Engines with high compression ratios will benefit from premium gasoline.
  • Price: Premium gas can be as much as 20 to 40 cents more per gallon than regular unleaded gas. As you drive around Palm Beach Gardens and beyond, this can add up.

Before deciding whether premium vs. regular gas is right for you, read on:

  • If your car does not require premium gas, using it will not lead to a performance boost or increase in the vehicle’s lifespan.
  • If your vehicle requires premium gas, the use of regular gas typically will not harm it. However, if you hear engine knocking when you use regular gas, we highly recommend switching to premium.
  • If your vehicle utilizes turbochargers, premium gas may be necessary.

Reach Out to the Service Experts at Lexus of Palm Beach

If you have any additional questions about premium vs. regular gas, feel free to contact our team for more information. We would be more than happy to assist you and share tips on how to be more fuel-efficient.


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