Which Mazda vehicles require premium gasoline?

September 25th, 2020 by

Do you need to use premium fuel in your new Mazda?
You’ve seen it your entire life whenever you’ve stopped at the gas station to fuel up. There are different pumps for regular fuel and premium fuel. We know premium generally means something a little more special, something with greater quality and significance. Does that mean the gasoline is actually better and you should be fueling up with that instead? It depends on your vehicle and what the manufacturer recommends. So, what if you’re driving a recent Mazda automobile? Do you need to use premium fuel in your new Mazda? We break it down below.

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Difference between regular and premium gasoline
First, let’s clarify what makes these two fuel types different. Premium gasoline has a higher octane than regular gasoline. The higher the octane rating, the less likely you’ll get a misfire in the combustion. Such a misfire can produce engine knock or other issues. Premium gasoline generally has an octane of 91 or higher, while regular gasoline typically has an octane of 87.

Which fuel type should you use?
Always check your owner’s manual from the manufacturer to determine which fuel type you should be using for your car, no matter what. That will have the most reliable, specific, and up-to-date information. Some vehicles are made specifically for premium fuel, while others will be just fine with regular fuel. Some vehicles can even use both and it’s just a matter of how it will perform, with premium fuel potentially making higher horsepower possible.

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2020 and 2021 Mazda models and their fuel requirements

So, how about the latest Mazda vehicles? Take a look at their fuel needs below.

2020/2021 Mazda3 Sedan

Regular fuel (all trims) or premium fuel (2021 2.5 Turbo, 2021 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus)
2021 Mazda3 Hatchback on highway

2020 Mazda3 Hatchback

Regular fuel
2020 Mazda6 profile

2020 Mazda6

Regular fuel (all trims) or premium fuel (Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Limited)
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata with city skyline at dusk

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Regular fuel (minimum requirement) or premium fuel (recommended)
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF rear side view

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

Regular fuel (minimum requirement) or premium fuel (recommended)
2020 Mazda CX-3 on highway

2020 Mazda CX-3

Regular fuel
2021 Mazda CX-30 on beach

2020/2021 Mazda CX-30

Regular fuel
2021 Mazda CX-5 parked

2020/2021 Mazda CX-5

Regular fuel (all trims) or premium fuel (2020/2021 Grand Touring Reserve, 2020/2021 Signature, 2021 Carbon Edition)
2021 Mazda CX-9 on forest road

2020/2021 Mazda CX-9

Regular or premium fuel (all trims)