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MA gas prices up by a penny, expected to fall

13 December 2017

Gas prices in Arkansas are 3 cents higher at an average of $2.22 a gallon. A series of tests were conducted to determine whether the use of premium gasoline resulted in improved fuel economy and increased performance (horsepower).

It fell 4 cents in Jacksonville to $2.33 in the past seven days.

Test vehicles included a Ford Mustang GT, Jeep Renegade, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Cadillac Escalade ESV, Audi A-3, and Ford F150 XLT. "AAA already proved that there is no benefit to using premium gasoline in cars created to run on regular".

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The answer: It makes a little difference in performance and fuel economy but not much. On average, vehicles produced 1.4% more horsepower using Premium.

AAA reported that over the past four weeks gas prices have been on steady decline across the country.

If your engine makes a pinging or knocking sound on regular fuel, AAA said higher octane gas might resolve your problem, but it's a good idea to get it checked out by a professional first.

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"The modest fuel economy improvements found in AAA tests do not offset the higher cost of premium gasoline".

"It's still important to remember that if your vehicle requires the use of premium gasoline, that you should still use it", said Jenkins. Individual drivers - particularly if their driving style can be described as "spirited" - may find an improvement in vehicle driving performance for off-the-line acceleration, highway passing, hill-climbing when loaded with luggage, or towing a trailer; and may determine that their personal driving benefits from the use of premium gasoline.

Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, said that average gas prices in the country were lower this week because of a large build in gasoline inventories and gasoline demand numbers have seen a reprieve.

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It's ultimately up to owners to decide if premium fuel is worth it, but choosing regular won't harm engines. Premium gasoline, that exclusive liquid reserved for only the choicest drivers and vehicles, may be a big waste of money for most drivers, the national autoclub says.

MA gas prices up by a penny, expected to fall