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I have a MKC 2.0 & have been using Regular gas.
I just read in Motor Trend the MKC uses Regular gas,but says in * Use Premium for best engine performance.
What do you use ????
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Turbocharged motors are always better off running premium fuel. That said the tune our motor has was designed to run safely off regular unleaded. If Lincoln would have wanted to get more horsepower out of our cars it could have been safely done by changing the tune and making premium a requirement but they didn't they chose to tune the car for unleaded.

So with that said, the car was designed for unleaded and is perfectly safe to run unleaded. I wouldn't of bought the car if it required premium as it would have made the fuel cost on the car outside of the requirement I had set for my wifes new car.

We have been and will continue to run unleaded. So far best we have done was avg of 31mpg on a 200ish mile trip. We have noticed where we get our unleaded does have some impact on the fuel economy but not enough to even consider the added price of premium to be an option.
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I just read in Motor Trend the MKC uses Regular gas,but says in * Use Premium for best engine performance.
It has a "knock" sensor which reduces spark advance, allowing it to tolerate regular fuel with reduced performance.
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We have been and will continue to run unleaded.

We don't have any choice - all that is available around here is unleaded.
(Doesn't the unleaded kill your cat?)
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We don't have any choice - all that is available around here is unleaded.
(Doesn't the unleaded kill your cat?)
Sorry it should have said Regular Unleaded like I said elsewhere in my post... To your point that unleaded is all that is available, no unleaded doesn't kill your cat. I imagine if leaded gas was still around it would however
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Owner's manual page 164.

Fuel Quality

Choosing the Right Fuel

use only unleaded gasoline or unleaded gasoline blended with a maximum of 15% ethanol in your gasoline vehicle.

I stay away from blends.

Octane Recommendations

We recommend regular unleaded gasoline with a pump (R+M)/2 octane rating of 87. Some stations offer fuels posted as regular with an octane rating below 87, particularly in high altitude areas. We do not recommend fuels with an octane rating below 87.

To provide improved performance we recommend premium fuel for severe duty usage such as trailer tow.

Do not be concerned if your engine sometimes knocks lightly. However, if it knocks heavily while you are using fuel with the recommended octane rating, see your authorized dealership to prevent any engine damage.


For myself at right around 70 cents a mile to drive. Another .0125 cents per mile for 93 (at 30 cents per gallon), is a non issue, if it did offer an extra 15hp/tq. Have only used the 87 octane (4,100 miles) so far and never noticed any knock. I'd really like to know what real difference using 93 would offer; but short of a drag strip stop clock and test track mileage, back to back, who's to know. There are way too many variables to real world mileage to know for sure. As the first real road trip nears, I'd like to split and run the 93 for the return, although I recall not all states have it. Anyway the return trip is not the same weather or head winds; so forget the mileage test and that seat of the pants is not going to yield much fact without the clock.

I'm sure Curiosity will most likely get the better of me.
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no unleaded doesn't kill your cat. I imagine if leaded gas was still around it would however
Thank You...........that was my bad.
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We're using regular unleaded, 87 octane. Have less than 500 miles on her.
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FYI you would never notice the knock, the knock sensor would detect it and change timing WAY before you would actually hear a knock audible enough to be heard in the cabin
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mayday0017:

Yep, while I was out drive'n the MKC today, I thought about that! Not the engine or cabin of years ago. Well then we'd agree, I haven't heard any knock.

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