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Does Acura Require Premium Gas?

Acura models are premium vehicles for sure, but does Acura require premium gas on the Las Vegas roads? The answer is no! Different models have different requirements and recommendations, and only the Acura NSX supercar needs to use premium fuel to run properly. However, Acura does recommend premium for models like MDX, RDX, TLX, RLX, and ILX. So while you can usually fill up on regular in North Las Vegas, we’re here to tell you why premium is still the better choice in many cases.

Premium vs. Regular Gas

To understand the difference between premium and regular gas, you have to understand octane ratings. Each type of gas has its own unique octane rating:

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

Higher octane levels reduce the chances of pre-ignition, or engine knocks. This is caused by fuel combusting when it isn’t supposed to, which sounds like knocking on your hood. The higher your octane rating, the lower the chances of engine knocks around Mesquite. 

Perks of Premium Gas

So, does Acura require premium gas? Many new Acura models use built-in knock sensors that help decrease the chances of pre-ignition. So, using regular gas is perfectly safe for most Acura models – but it won’t unleash the full potential of your luxury vehicle. If you want to feel the full power of your turbocharged or supercharged engine, you want the best fuel possible. Since these engines use higher compression ratios, only premium fuel will get you to those sky-high horsepower specs. So think long and hard about your options when you get to the gas pump! Not sure if you’d benefit from premium? Feel free to ask for advice from our service department based on your model.

Find Out More with Findlay Acura

Now that you know “Do all Acuras require premium gas?”, let’s see how we can make your driving experience even better. Whether you want to get an engine inspection or a performance upgrade, the team at Findlay Acura is here to help with all of your Acura automotive needs. You’ll find our dealership in the heart of Henderson, ready to get to work on your car. Not only do we offer a full menu of services, but we also offer Acura accelerated service performed in 60 minutes or less. Contact us to learn more about what we can do for you!

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