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Is premium gas worth it for me and my Honda vehicle?

By Product Expert | Posted in Service on Friday, October 5th, 2018 at 2:38 pm
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Does my Honda car need to use premium gasoline?

Almost universally speaking, most Honda sedans, hatchbacks and crossover SUVs rank among the most fuel-efficient vehicles in each automotive industry segment. But as a vehicle’s technology advances, more Meridian Honda customers have been wondering aloud, ‘Does my Honda car need to use premium gasoline?’ If this question has been weighing on your mind, the Meridian Honda Blog is here to help. When it comes to filling up your tank, most Honda vehicles are going to perform just fine with regular grade gas. Let’s take a look at what premium gas actually is, as well as some other things that you might find useful. If you still have lingering questions about how to get the most out of your Honda vehicle, please stop by the showroom, any of our product experts will be happy to assist you.

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What is premium grade gas?

Think about the last you filled out your tank. Do you remember seeing few large yellow buttons or icons with numbers on them? Those numbers represent the amount of octane in each grade of gasoline that is available at that gas station. Octane is the element of fuel that helps prevent unintended ignition (explosions) in the engine’s cylinders. This accidental ignition of the fuel/air mixture is what is colloquially-known as knocking. The general rule of thumb is, the higher the octane rating, the more stable the fuel is and the less prone it will be to cause engine knocking.

Premium gas is usually recommended, if not required, for vehicles on the higher end of the performance spectrum. These high-performance engines are built to use high-octane fuels and without them, the vehicles won’t be able to produce as much power as built to make.

Is it bad if I use the wrong grade?

Like we said earlier, most Honda vehicles are manufactured from the start to use regular grade gasoline. If someone has an absent-minded moment and puts premium in the tank, the only harm that will be done is spending money unnecessarily. On the other hand, if your vehicle requires premium and you accidentally use regular there likely won’t be any long-term harm. Your vehicle might suffer a bit in terms of horsepower and efficiency but putting the right gas in next time should easily take care of that.

There is a lot happening in the world of Honda vehicles. Stop by the Meridian Honda showroom to learn more about everything that’s available.

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Always great cars, great service and great people!
John Halbrook
A stress free car buying experience!! Thanks so much!
Jennifer Lee
Big thanks to Kelly Watson, Kelly Pollard and Douglas Davis! We had a wonderful experience buying our van! Great service!
Stephanie Allen Reid
I had the best ever car buying experience! Kelly Watson was friendly, funny, never pushy, and so very patient with me.
Clancy Lee Willis
Brought in my husbands truck to the body shop and WOW! What great service! Quick, friendly, and reasonably priced! Even though our vehicle isn't a Honda, they for the parts and work done faster than any other place I have been! Thanks for great service!
Leslie Horn Vollor
The absolute best place to have a car serviced! I love Meridian Honda!
Katie Elizabeth Davis
Awesome people and so easy to deal with. No need to go to Brandon or Jackson to buy a Honda!!
Beth Boatman Nabors
I've really enjoyed dealing with Adam on my last 3 Hondas The thing I like best about my new 2016 CRV is the back-up screen!!!
Wilda Gibson
I think it is an all around good business to buy a car from! The service department is absolutely wonderful, the staff is kind and caring, and they can fix your car faster than u ever thought
Lauren Pollard
Just wanted to say "Thank you!" for verifying an issue with a tire on my daughter's 2007 Honda Civic as I was driving her from the greater Houston area to Charlotte (and her on to Virginia). The Service team was friendly, accommodating, communicative at every step and if we lived anywhere close, I'd bring vehicles in there for service. Thanks again for taking care of ... us today on our travels!
Jon Walk
Caring and professional work. The people were friendly. Would recommend to everyone. I have always had a very good experience.
Came in for an oil change and tire rotation and Josh let me know a couple more things that needed to be done.
Noone was pushy, they listened to what I wanted. They were very fair to deal with. My time in and out was fast.
Fast and Friendly to the most satisfactory degree. Always ready to do what is needed and always referenced me as to the work done or needed.
Friendly staff, great service. Purchased 3 Hondas here and use them for all my service and tire needs. Sales and service are the best.
I just liked when I pulled up everybody was so friendly I love the clean building the service was excellent the service was long they were very prompt I just enjoyed my service
Salesman did a great job helping us. Had the car we wanted. Will do buisness with again when car shopping again Thanks!!!
They worked very hard to get me the car I wanted with in my payment range in a very timely manner. This dealership has a friendly atmosphere. It was an enjoyable experience. Can't say enough about Myrna, she is the best!!! Thanks for all you do!!
Can get in and out very quickly. Enjoy the coffee and friendly staff while I am waiting. Don't mind having my car serviced.
I was treated with respect, kelp up to date on repair. My salesman, Kelly Watson, was most helpful. I am always treated like I am a very special person!

Welcome to Meridian Honda in Meridian, MS

Honda has become the most-trusted brand in America. Meridian Honda seeks to follow this example and become the most-trusted dealership in the Meridian area. From our sales team, to our service department and body shop, we want our customers from the past, present and future to be confident knowing they will receive the highest level of care and respect when they visit Meridian Honda.

Our team at Meridian Honda is excited to get to know each of our customers on a personal level. At Meridian Honda, you will be able to browse an extensive selection of Honda cars, trucks, SUV's, vans and crossovers. This includes all of the headliners from the Honda model lineup, such as the Accord, Civic, CR-V and Pilot. In addition to our inventory of new vehicles, Meridian Honda is home to many top-quality pre-owned models from Honda and other brands. Take a look around our website to learn more about everything we have to offer at Meridian Honda. We look forward to your visit!