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.

As in:

  • 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.

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  1. Not everyone who needs, or even prefers premium can afford it, unfortunately. It is “recommended” for our 2008 Mazda Miata, paid off now for nearly nine years. I think the high-test, as my dad used to call it, adds about 5 hp, not trivial from a 167 hp (max) 2.0L. Good thing is most fill-ups are 10-12 gallons, so $7-8.40.


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