We just ordered a new vehicle (Volvo V60 with a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine) and I'm trying to figure out the minimum grade of fuel to use. The owner's manual says "Volvo recommends premium fuel for best performance, but using 87 octane or above will not affect engine reliability." In most places in the US, that's regular grade fuel, but we're at higher altitude in New Mexico where regular is 86. If we wanted to meet Volvo's minimum, would that be midgrade 88 to hit that minimum or would regular 86 still meet that spec since we're at higher altitude? Googling returns every answer under the sun, which may be the case here? We'll ask the dealership when it arrives. Thanks!
My car weighs 4013lbs (with me in it) and averages 17mpg on my 21.7m (roundtrip) commute. My gas tank holds 20 gallons, but I only ever fill it up half-full. The reason I do this, is because my brain knows how heavy 4 x 2.5 gallon containers of water is, and thinks that not carrying this additional approx 60lbs of weight (1.5% of the 4013lbs) will be better for both mpg and performance (i.e. less liquid sloshing around the tank). Is my brain crazy?
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