Which SUVs Require Premium Gas?


Premium gas is expensive, it’s true, but it is often required to help certain cars run the way they should without doing damage to the engine. 

Be aware that using the wrong kind of gas in one of these cars might not treat the car very kindly. 

The question that we’re left with, then, is which SUVs out there require premium gas and which one might be the best for you?

Some popular SUVs that require premium gas include the Buick Envision, Fiat 500, Lexus GX, the Nissan Maxima, the Mitsubishi Outlander, and the distinctive Mini Cooper. Failing to put premium fuel in these SUVs or any other vehicle that requires premium will wear out your engine.

Below you will find a list of SUVs that need premium gas and a few that will take regular gas as well. 

So, without further ado, here are some cars that need premium gas. Hopefully, one of these is the right car for you!

SUVs That Require Premium Gas

Buick Envision

The Buick Envision is one of many Buicks that will take premium gas. 

The Envision is, without a doubt, a luxury car. One of the nicest things about it is the quiet cabin. 

Regardless of where and how fast you are driving, the Buick envision has a very quiet and comfortable cabin. 

This means you will be certain to experience a very enjoyable ride wherever you go.

The only thing you’ll want to take into careful account is the fuel economy estimates. 

The fuel economy with these cars is not always that great. 

The Envision is more reliable and more efficient than its predecessors to be sure, but it is, sadly, a tad easier to find more reliable vehicles from competitive brands.

Fiat 500

The Fiat series is also a luxury one that will require premium gas to function well. 

For such a nice brand, Fiat cars are often very reasonably priced. 

You can get a good-looking car and a well-functioning one that can be relied upon. 

This is one of the biggest reasons that Fiat has gained such popularity. 

Plus, with its small shape, you will have complete ease in getting in and out of parking spots (parallel parking in particular!).

Unfortunately, the Fiat 500 is also extremely slow to accelerate, especially in comparison to its competitors. 

The Fiat’s performance is slightly underwhelming, and that is a pretty large letdown for some, especially when you consider its small and sleek appearance. 

If you have a need for speed, the Fiat should probably not be your first choice.

Lexus GX

In addition to its modern, snappy appearance, the Lexus GX is a very powerful vehicle (which is part of the reason why it runs on premium fuel!). 

You can find GX models with very powerful V8 engines. 

GXs are on the larger end of the spectrum, so you will be able to appreciate the power and efficiency of one of these cars as well as a great vantage point. 

It is a very sophisticated car to be sure!

However, before you get too excited, you should know that the GX is most definitely a gas guzzler. 

This might end up being a problem for you, especially if you are expected to pay for not only expensive premium gas but lots of it. 

If you are trying to keep to a tight budget, you will probably want to go with a different vehicle.

This one might deliver quite a blow to your pocket and your bank account.

Nissan Maxima

If you enjoy good performance as well as style, the Nissan Maxima might be just the thing you’re looking for! It is a smaller car to be sure, but despite its size, it handles remarkably well on the road. 

It has a very sporty feel and look to it so you won’t have any trouble no matter where you’re driving it. 

Plus, who wouldn’t love the sleek appearance of the Maxima? Again, if the style is a priority for you, you won’t go wrong with this kind of car.

It handles well to be sure, but be mindful that the Maxima is never equipped with 4WD, only 2WD. 

While this is not a problem for those who live in cities and suburbs, if you are an avid off-roader you can forget about taking your Maxima with you.

It can drive very well and it doesn’t have problems on the pavement, but taking it off the road is probably one of the worst things you can do.

Mitsubishi Outlander

Like the Nissan Maxima, the Mitsubishi Outlander has a very sharp and sleek exterior that will wow all of your friends. 

This SUV (like the rest) does require premium gas but it could very well be worth it to you. 

The grille on the front and the bright LED headlights will give your Outlander an impressive and competitive edge.

Plus, the Outlander can also boast a fifth seat whereas most other similar cars can only accommodate four.

The only downside to getting an Outlander would be the ride quality.

Cars that are tough and capable of going off-road are given some degree of allowance because they can handle the dirt so well. 

However, even on asphalt, the Outlander does not have very refined ride quality. If you hit a bump in the road, you will know it.

Mini Cooper

If nothing else, a Mini Cooper is sure to give you the time of your life.

They can usually handle pretty well, turning smoothly and accelerating with good speed. 

They also just have a fun exterior that will impress anyone who sees it. 

It will require premium fuel, yes, but that sporty look can be hard to come by and is, therefore, more worth having.

However, Mini Coopers are often some of the most expensive cars you can have and that is partially thanks to their premium fuel requirement. 

You will quite possibly be spending more money on this than on anything else and it will probably be a hefty price to pay. 

If you find that this doesn’t bother you, you should go with it by all means. 

However, if you are looking to save money on gas, the Mini Cooper is not for you. 

Will Turner

Will has an absolute passion for 4x4s and loves discovering all of the small details about each model. Will joined the Four Wheel Trends team in early 2021 and has been a valuable contributor ever since!

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