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Does the 2019 Nissan Murano require premium fuel?

By Product Expert | Posted in Murano, Nissan Murano on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 at 7:42 pm
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Recommended Fuel Type for the 2019 Murano

It’s important to fill your vehicle with the type of fuel that it’s built for. What kind of fuel should drivers be putting into the Nissan Murano? Does the 2019 Nissan Murano require premium fuel?

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Buttons on a gas pump indicate "regular," "plus," and "supreme," with AKI numbers on each.Hardtop Nissan Murano models do not require premium fuel. Nissan recommends filling them with gasoline that holds an octane rating of at least 87 AKI, which is classified as regular.

For CrossCabriolet Murano models, Nissan does recommend premium fuel: unleaded premium gasoline with an octane rating of at least 91 AKI, to be exact. If unleaded premium gasoline is not available, unleaded regular gasoline with an octane rating of at least 87 AKI number (Research octane number 91) can be used, but a decrease in performance may be noticed.

This information is according to the 2009-2019 Nissan Murano Owner’s Manual, which can be accessed online.

What is AKI?

In the United States and Canada, fuel is primarily measured in AKI, which stands for “Anti-Knock Index.” Elsewhere, they go by the Research octane number, which is a higher number. Regular gasoline is rated at 87 AKI, but its Research octane number is 91. Unleaded premium gasoline has an octane rating of at least 91 AKI, while its Research octane number is 96.

What fuel should I not use in a Nissan Murano?

Do not use a leaded gasoline in your Nissan Murano. Also, do not use E-15 or E-85 fuels. These are fuels that contain ethanol (15% and 85%, respectively). The Nissan Murano is not designed to run on these.

Nissan also does not recommend the use of any aftermarket fuel additives, such as fuel injector cleaner, octane booster, or intake valve deposit removers.

Can I use reformulated gasoline in my Nissan Murano?

Nissan suggests using reformulated gasolines when available- these gasolines are specially designed to reduce vehicle emissions.

What happens if I use the wrong fuel in my Nissan Murano?

If you use the wrong fuel type in your Murano, parts of your vehicle, including your emission system, may be damaged. You could also void your warranty coverage.

How do I know if I used the wrong fuel?

If you’ve used gasoline with an octane rating that’s too low, you may hear a persistent metallic rapping noise. This is known as “spark knock.” If you hear this when you’ve used the correct fuel and it’s persistent on level roads at steady speeds, take the vehicle to your Nissan dealer for service.

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