Do Kia vehicles require premium gasoline?
Just like how there is a Kia vehicle to fit just about any owner’s needs, there is an appropriate fuel to match. When people are new to the brand and they’re exploring their options in the Kia of St. Cloud showroom, it’s pretty common for them to wonder, ‘Do Kia vehicles require premium gasoline?’ This is actually a pretty important question to ask since choosing the wrong kind of fuel can lead to spending too much money unnecessarily or a drop in performance. The Kia of St. Cloud Blog reached out to the experts in the dealership’s service department to get their professional insight. Without spoiling the story, no, Kia vehicles don’t require premium-grade fuel. Let’s take a look at a few things you need to know.
What is premium gas?
If you’ve ever pulled into a gas station and wondered why the different kinds of gas cost differing amounts, it really comes down to octane. Basically, octane is a rating of how much the fuel can be compressed before it ignites. Higher octane fuels are actually less combustible than lower grades. The reason for this is to prevent engine knocking. For the most part, high-performance engines will require high octane fuels.
According to the information put out by Kia, only the Kia Stinger and Kia K900 call for premium gasoline to be used as a recommendation. The rest of the lineup is fine to use with lower cost, regular grade fuels. It is actually more important to use high-quality fuels than it is to follow recommendations. Experts say filling up at name-brand gas stations will ensure high-quality gas is flowing into the tank.
Mistakes will happen
If a vehicle’s owner’s manual says premium gas is recommended, and regular is used, there are unlikely to be any problems. If regular-grade fuel is used and premium-grade is required, the vehicle might see a drop in overall performance and/or fuel economy. Using premium when it’s unnecessary, the only tangible consequence is a needlessly expensive stop to refill the gas tank.
Make an appointment with a Kia of St. Cloud product expert today to learn more about how to get the most out of your vehicle. If it’s time to move on to something new, we can help you with that too.