If you’ve purchased or leased a new luxury car, we know that you’ll want to make sure that it operates at peak performance. Some drivers might be wondering if opting for premium gasoline can be a part of that. Here at Acura of Peabody, we’re well-equipped to answer all of your questions about our new Acura cars. We can help local drivers here in the Danvers area with this conundrum too.

First, it’s important to know the difference between premium and regular gasoline. Are you familiar with those numbers on top of every fuel pump at the gas station? This is the octane level. An octane level of 91 or more usually means that you’re dealing with premium gasoline.

Gas with a higher octane level is better at making sure that engine combustion happens at the correct time. When engine combustion happens at the wrong time, this can cause a phenomenon known as “engine knock.” If this happens too often, it can shorten the lifespan of your engine.

While many modern vehicles have added technology that reduces the odds of engine knock, some models can still benefit from high octane gasoline. If you look in your owner’s manual, it should say if premium gas is required or just recommended. If it’s recommended, your vehicle might perform better with some more expensive gas in the fuel tank. Premium gasoline could help your car meet its maximum horsepower or torque output, and it could even boost fuel efficiency!

If you’re in the market for a new luxury car, visit our nearby Acura dealership and take a closer look at the models on our lot. Whether you’re looking for a stylish sedan or a new family vehicle, we’re ready to answer all of your questions about individual features, premium gas, and more. We look forward to meeting you!