No Premium Gas Needed - 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart: No Premium Gas Needed

February 18, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart

This is the gas cap for our 2013 Dodge Dart. You might notice that it makes no recommendation as to which kind of gas the engine prefers "for best performance" or any such nonsense.

It's a bit strange given that our Dart has the optional 1.4-liter turbocharged engine. Or at least it's strange to anyone who grew up driving a turbocharged car that required premium swill just to keep it from detonating itself to death.

Makes sense, though, given the Dart's price range. After all, what's the point of getting good gas mileage if you have to pay more for the gas itself?

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 2,363 miles


  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Nonsense? So what do you think they should do, Ed? Let it adjust to either 87 or 91 and offer better performance and fuel economy with 91, and notify owners of that ability, or disable the ECU's ability to advance timing to take advantage of 91? The last 2 LT cars like this...both with 1.4 liter turbocharged engines also as a matter of fact, YOU people proved had more power and got like 2-2.5 mpg better fuel economy when run on 91. So the point, Ed, is that with the more expensive fuel you get better fuel economy...and the extra power is a free bonus.

  • jpnpower jpnpower Posts:

    Or, buy a Koenigsegg (did I spell it right?) no premium, extra-premium required. Biofuel FTW!

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    Only on the interwebs would you cross shop a Dart and an Agera.

  • sjw91_ sjw91_ Posts:

    Interesting that it's the same 1.4 turbo from the Fiat 500 that does recommend premium.

  • robert4380 robert4380 Posts:

    Hey there Mr. Derp Derp editor... 91 octane fuel is recommended for the Dart's 1.4 turbo. Just because it doesn't say it explicitly on the gas cap doesn't mean you shouldn't crack open the owner's manual once in a while. Look in the 2013 Dodge Dart user guide, the book that's smaller than the regular owner's manual. Head to the section on maintenance... then fluids... then fuels... and under the heading for the 1.4 turbo it says plain as day that "87 octane acceptable, 91 octane recommended." Man, I wish I could get paid to drive cars for free and then spout off blatantly wrong information about them.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    I see the "no premium in cars priced under$30k" club is alive, well and as uninformed as ever. BTDT with the Cruze. Come the SoCal summer those who put regular in will be whining about no performance and poor gas mileage. Those that use the PROPER gas will be much happier.

  • gslippy gslippy Posts:

    The Hyundai Sonata / Kia Optima 2.0 Turbo doesn't need premium, either. It's a nice selling point. Also, every engine today (turbo or not) is fitted with a knock sensor that retards the ignition timing to prevent detonation regardless of fuel grade. I would imagine the Fiat/Dodge 1.4T and Hyundai/Kia 2.0T may be capable of more horsepower if premium is used. Others choose to state their optimal horsepower which is only achieved with premium.

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