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Pain At The Pump: 'Regular' Cars That Run On Premium Fuel

Some unexpected models are recommending higher-grade – and higher-cost – gasoline to realize their full performance and fuel economy.

The Envision crossover SUV's available 2.0-liter turbo-four engine recommends premium fuel, while the base 2.5-liter version is built to run on regular.

Buick’s midsize sedan prefers premium fuel when equipped with the 2.0-liter turbo-four powerplant.

While all versions of the 2017 Equinox crossover SUV are built with regular-grade fuel in mind, the redesigned 2018 model recommends premium when it packs the available 2.0-liter turbo-four engine.

While most of the line can run happily on regular gas, the Malibu's available 2.0-liter turbo-four engine prefers premium.

Though not offered on the redesigned-for-2018 Traverse’s corporate cousins, the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia crossovers, the Chevy’s available 2.0-liter turbo-four engine recommends premium-grade fuel. (The 2017 V6-powered edition runs on regular.)

All iterations of this comely subcompact coupe/convertible recommend premium gasoline.

The larger four-door wagon-like alternative to the above 500 likewise prefers premium-grade fuel.

Fiat’s small crossover SUV recommends premium gas with the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, but allows those who instead choose the 2.4-liter four-cylinder to run on regular without penalty.

As with its equivalent at Chevrolet, the Equinox, the redesigned-for-2018 version of the Terrain compact crossover SUV recommends premium-grade gas when equipped with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The subcompact Renegade’s available 1.4-liter turbo-four engine recommends premium-grade fuel, though the otherwise offered 2.4-liter version takes regular gas.

Yes, the entire MINI lineup recommends premium fuel, whether fitted with the vehicles' standard 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine or the 2.0-liter turbo-four.

While most versions of Mitsubishi’s compact crossover SUV can run just fine on regular-grade gas, the top model with its 3.0-liter V6 engine prefers premium.

The sporty subcompact Juke recommends premium fuel, both in base and higher-performance NISMO versions.

This modestly sporty midsize sedan is one of the few Nissans that recommends premium fuel to achieve its full potential.

Oddly enough, the smallest car sold in the U.S. relies on premium-grade gasoline for its breadbox-sized 0.9-liter engine to reach its available 89 horsepower.  

Aside from the racy WRX and BRZ models, the Forester crossover SUV is the only Subaru built to run on premium fuel, albeit when it’s fitted with the available 2.0-liter turbo-four engine.

The midsize CC’s 2.0-liter turbo-four engine prefers premium fuel, which makes it one of only three VW models (including the sporty Golf R and theTiguan crossover) to recommend 91 octane.

The 2017 Tiguan crossover SUV recommends premium fuel for its 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, but note that the redesigned 2018 model is built to run on regular, though its horsepower rating drops from 200 to 184 in the process.