Does the Mazda Miata Require Premium Fuel?
It’s a question just about every driver asks at some point: should I fill my car up with regular or premium fuel? Drivers concerned about the performance of their vehicle tend to wonder what type of fuel is best. So, what about the Miata? Does the Mazda Miata require premium fuel?
When it comes to these types of questions, it is always best to consult the owner’s manual. If you’re looking to find the best fuel to use in the 2016 Miata, we will cover that here. For older models, be sure to consult the owner’s manual that came with your vehicle or get in touch with us to talk more about Miata fuel requirements.
First and foremost, Mazda recommends the use of premium unleaded fuel with an octane rating of 91 or above (96 RON or above). That being said, premium fuel is not required. Regular unleaded fuel can be used with an octane rating of 87 to 90 (91 to 95 RON).
Though premium fuel is not required, it is recommended. For some drivers, the higher cost of premium fuel may be insignificant compared to some of the advantages they expect to find by using premium fuel in the Miata. Drivers filling up the Miata with regular unleaded fuel may see some side effects from a small reduction in performance, including a reduced engine output and engine knocking, according to the 2016 Miata owner’s manual.
It’s up to you to decide whether or not this makes its worth it for you to fill up with the premium fuel over the regular unleased fuel, but as always, we prefer to go with Mazda’s recommendation even if the Mazda Miata does not require premium fuel. When it comes to the Miata, we don’t want anything getting in the way of its thrilling driving experience.