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Author Topic: Change from Regular/Mid-Grade/Premium to Octane Rating Back to Topics

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Joined:Jun 2013
Message Posted: Jun 26, 2013 2:52:18 PM

Stations in Oklahoma typically offer 87/89/91 while stations in Texas typically offer 87/91/93. Octane ratings as low as 85 can be found in other states (Utah), and some states leave it up to the station (so it could vary from station to station).

Some stations, though rare, offer 5 different grades (ie: 87/88/89/91/92).

This change would help users who live near a state border or in an unregulated locality to compare like-for-like.
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Champion Author Pittsburgh

Joined:Mar 2003
Message Posted: Jun 26, 2013 4:41:22 PM

The average driver will not know and probably not care what the octane rating is. Reg/Mid/Prem are standard designations that have more meaning to the average driver. While some stations sell four (4) grades (not including diesel), that is an exception rather than a rule.

All that said, I think using Reg/Mid/Prem is more beneficial to the users of this site than the octane rating.
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Champion Author Maryland

Joined:Aug 2004
Message Posted: Jun 26, 2013 3:39:25 PM

Because most modern cars can compensate for the slight variation of octane differences (as well as somevehicles having a recommended versus required fuel), it doesn't seem that having an overly detailed identification would be useful (in my opinion).

I think, and I may be wrong, that most people relate to their vehicles using "regular", "mid-grade" or "premium", the standard identification. How would changing to numerical levels be more beneficial (realizing that some people have specific octane needs) for the general driver/Gas Buddy member? That is, how will being able to compare (near a state border or in an unregulated locality) make a difference?

Side note: I don't believe that any gas stations still dispense five octane blends from a single dispenser as indicated (not saying that a station doesn't sell a specialty blend); Sunoco used to sell multiple blends
Economy (87)
Regular (89)
Plus (92)
Premium (94)
Super 260 (96; originally 97.5))
not in "one octane" increments, but, I believe, Sunoco now dispenses a maximum of four octane blends from the dispenser.
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