Twenty-two percent of model year 2022 vehicles require premium gasoline.
Not “Premium Recommended.”
That, according to the U.S. Dept. of Energy.
That number is actually part of a decline in number of vehicles requiring 91 (or higher) octane that started in 2019.
- 2019: 29%
- 2020: 28%
- 2021: 26%
The last time it was 22% was 2016.
According to AAA, the national average for a gallon of premium fuel is $5.65.
The average price for regular is $4.95.
That’s a 70-cent difference.
So for a 20-gallon fill, that’s a difference of $14.
Of course, those who buy vehicles that require premium can probably afford premium.
Until they can’t.