Kia skirts premium fuel requirements on its lineup

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and tricks on Monday, August 3rd, 2020 at 9:47 am
A stock photo of a gas pump showing different grades of fuel.

Do any Kia vehicles require premium-grade fuel? 

Have you ever been filling your vehicle with gas and wondered who is paying more for premium gas or what premium gas actually does? As the new model year of Kia cars and crossover SUVs start to roll into the Team Gunther Kia showroom, our team has been faced with people asking, ‘Do any Kia vehicles require premium-grade fuel,’ and we thought we could help clear things up before they visit us. By and large, all 2020 and 2021 Kia vehicles are designed to run on regular-grade gasoline that is 87-octane or higher. The only vehicle in the Kia lineup that has a premium gas recommendation is the Stinger. Let’s take a look at some information that you might need. 

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What happens if I fill my Kia with premium gas? 

Like we said earlier, only the high-performance Stinger has a factory recommendation for premium gasoline. Using it will allow the vehicle to produce the performance it advertises and obtain the fuel economy scores it is designed to obtain. If you own another vehicle from the Kia lineup that doesn’t call for premium, you probably won’t notice any tangible benefits and you’ll just end up paying more when you stop for gas. 

Our team of service experts working at the Team Gunther Kia Service Department has another bit of information they’d like to share. While it is certainly important to follow the recommendations in a vehicle’s owner’s manual when filling up the tank, it’s more important to make sure your gas comes from a reputable place. Low quality gasoline can contain contaminants that can cause damage to the engine in the long term. High quality gasoline actually contains detergents that can clean out a vehicle’s fuel system. 

If you have any questions about how you can get the most out of your vehicle, make an appointment to speak with a Team Gunther Kia product expert today.