Do All Acuras Require Premium Gas?

2023 Acura Integra

If you have a premium vehicle like an Acura, it makes sense that you’d choose the premium pump at the Manhasset gas station. But, do all Acuras require premium gas? The answer is actually no. The majority of the Acura lineup can safely use regular gasoline in a pinch, but there are good reasons to opt for premium anyway. The only model that requires the upgrade is the Acura NSX. But, premium is recommended for the MDX, RDX, TLX, RLX, and ILX. Find out why with Rallye Acura in Roslyn! 

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

Before you dive into the world of premium vs. regular gas, it’s important to know about octane levels. Every type of gasoline has a different octane rating:

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

So, what makes higher octane ratings better for the Garden City roads? The higher the octane level, the more precise the formulation. This means that the combustion will only occur when it’s supposed to occur. If the combustion occurs too early, it’s known as pre-ignition or “engine knock” because it makes an audible knocking noise. 

Why Use Premium Gas?

Acura models do have built-in knock sensors to help prevent pre-ignition from occurring in the first place, but you can streamline the process by opting for premium. Your Acura can handle regular gas, but it won’t run quite as effectively. So if you want the best performance, premium is the way to go.

Additionally, high-performance vehicles have higher needs than your standard economy car. If you have a turbocharged or supercharged engine in Glen Cove, your powertrain has a higher compression ratio. These engines are built to work specifically with premium, so it’s worth the investment to upgrade your gasoline.

Explore Acura Performance in Roslyn

We’ve gone through the answer to “Do all Acuras require premium gas?” But, what if you still have questions? Feel free to contact us at Rallye Acura in Roslyn or stop by our dealership to chat with our Acura experts! We can help you with all of your service and maintenance needs, and we can even help you find a brand-new Acura if you’re ready for an upgrade!


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