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

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Have you ever wondered what the difference between premium vs. regular gas is? Our service team is here to help give you the answer as well as help you determine which type of gas is right for you. Review our comparison of premium vs. regular gas for a better understanding of what makes them different! And contact us with any questions!

What is Premium Gasoline?

Premium and regular gas are both produced from crude oil. They have several other similarities, but where they differ is in the octane level. Most premium gas has an octane level of ninety or above. Premium gas is also cleaner and produces less pollution.

What is Regular Unleaded Gasoline?

Regular unleaded gas is the most commonly used type of gas. It works with most vehicles in and around Minot. Unleaded gas is better for you and the environment than leaded gas. Its octane level is approximately 87.

The Difference Between Premium and Regular Gas

Although the two types of gas may seem very similar, there are differences between them:

  • Octane Rating: The higher the octane level, the better it is for the environment, and your engine. Higher octane levels also prevent your engine from producing a knocking noise that can damage it.
  • Engine Suitability: Regular unleaded gas burns faster, making it better suited for low compression engines. Engines with high compression ratios are better suited for premium gas.
  • Price: Premium gas is 20 to 40 cents more expensive than regular gas. Unless your vehicle requires premium gas, save some money with regular unleaded gasoline.

Decide whether premium vs. regular gas is right for you based on the following:

  • If your car doesn’t require premium gas, it won’t benefit the vehicle in any way.
  • Typically, vehicles that require premium gas won’t get damaged by regular gas; however, if you hear a knocking noise, it’s best to switch to premium.
  • Premium gas may be necessary to use turbochargers.

Contact the Ryan Family Dealerships Service Center Today

Visit our service center in Minot, near Minot for great deals on routine service. Learn more about the services we offer, then schedule an appointment online today for quick oil changes, brake replacements, tire rotations, and more! We can also give you tips on fuel-efficient driving habits so that you can make fewer trips to the gas station. On the topic of gasoline, you may also be interested in learning the difference between diesel and gas trucks!

Ryan Family Dealerships 48.210198, -101.310055.