Study: Americans Wasted Billions Of Dollars On Premium Gasoline Last Year

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — American motorists have wasted more than $2.1 billion by spending extra money on premium gasoline for vehicles that are equipped to run on regular fuel, according to a AAA study released Tuesday.

In the past year, 16.5 million drivers needlessly used premium-grade gasoline in their vehicle at last once a month, according to the study.

The Automobile Club of Southern California reports there is no benefit to using premium gasoline in a vehicle that requires regular fuel.

“Premium gasoline is specifically formulated to be compatible with specific types of engine designs and most vehicles cannot take advantage of higher octane rating,” said Megan McKernan, manager of the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center.

The Auto Club tested a variety of vehicles with different types of engines and compared their performance when fueled with regular and premium gasoline.

The vehicles were tested on horsepower, fuel economy and tailpipe emissions.

According to the study, 70 percent of U.S. drivers own vehicles that require regular gasoline, 16 percent have vehicles that require premium fuel, and 14 percent require mid-grade gas or use alternative energy.

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  1. Kevin Rooney says:

    Why use words like “needless”? – my car advises 87, but I had knocking noises coming from my engine, I put in two tanks of 91 octane fuel, no more knocking. And noticeably more performance. The study doesn’t need to pass judgment, it should just report the facts that $2.1 billion was spent filling cars that recommended 87 with higher grade octanes.

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