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Nissan Kicks 89 octane #5423955 05/08/20 09:32 AM
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I bought a 2020 Nissan Kicks SR. I noticed pretty quickly that the little 1.6 liter motor struggled a bit getting up to speed. And passing on the interstate. So I first tried Shell 89 octane. I Immediately Noticed it was much peppier. And transmission was also smoother. Then for the heck of it. I tried 90 octane ethanol free gas in it. Wow, even better! Is the ecm mapped to be able to advance timing and other adjustments to make it better for the higher octane? One of the reasons I tried 89 octane. Was in the owner’s manual it stated to use an octane of at least 87. I would much appreciate your thoughts on this. Thank you..


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Re: Nissan Kicks 89 octane [Re: lexus114] #5423959 05/08/20 09:39 AM
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All the years (seven) that I owned a Nissan Frontier, I always ran it on 89 octane. I kept careful mileage records on regula, tried 89 and found that my cost per mie was actually lower. Also, slight pinging on grades went away as well. I run both my VWs currently on 89 octane for the same reason.


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Re: Nissan Kicks 89 octane [Re: lexus114] #5423966 05/08/20 09:52 AM
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Sounds like you found your answer: it runs better on 89. As Boomer indicates, if the cost per mile is lower on 89, then that is the right answer all around.

[Some would run the 89 regardless of cost, just because it drives better--that of course makes sense too, but for many people, they find no difference in how something drives or fuel economy, thus higher octane makes no sense.]


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Re: Nissan Kicks 89 octane [Re: lexus114] #5423978 05/08/20 10:12 AM
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Yeah, I've never gotten better fuel economy with any higher grade of octane. Slightly better throttle responce maybe in one or two older carbed engines but that's it.

Not more power but better responce. However, only enough responce to be felt in the seat of the pants but barely noticeable on a stopwatch.


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Re: Nissan Kicks 89 octane [Re: Char Baby] #5423993 05/08/20 10:46 AM
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Well I figured that little motor could use all the help I could give it..😆


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Re: Nissan Kicks 89 octane [Re: lexus114] #5424006 05/08/20 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by lexus114
I bought a 2020 Nissan Kicks SR. Was in the owner’s manual it stated to use an octane of at least 87


Wait till the recommended 87 octane crowd see this! smile

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Wow, I thought it was because it's Turbo that the additional octane helped the power.
Didn't think they'd run a NA setup in a 1.6 mini SUV in 2020!


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Originally Posted by Pelican
Originally Posted by lexus114
I bought a 2020 Nissan Kicks SR. Was in the owner’s manual it stated to use an octane of at least 87


Wait till the recommended 87 octane crowd see this! smile


I was thinking the "Top Tier" gas crowd would chime in.....


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Re: Nissan Kicks 89 octane [Re: lexus114] #5424024 05/08/20 11:34 AM
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Your brain is mapped to believe the extra money you're paying for fuel is giving you performance perks.. You'll never see noticeable gains like that especially in an engine like that and not immediately either it would take some mileage to see change but that would be in a higher output and high displacement engine.

Only thing you'll notice in slightly better mpg

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I see slight improvements, but it is not economical, the cost spread is way too high.

93 is 75 cents higher, even if it did help a little, it still did not recoup. the cost.

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87 Octane in my Tucson turbo does not work well. It is loud and struggles to go up long steep hills. With 89 it is perfectly happy and runs like a champ. No increase in gas mileage but it is able to use the fuller potential of the engine/turbo with 89. I also tried 93 octane and there was no appreciable difference in performance over 89. Twice I accidentally refilled with 87 and man the difference was incredible. Even my wife noticed when driving it.

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Not even liquid Schwartz would turn a 122HP, struggle up hills engine, into a peppy ride.

The advance mapping takes time to learn and is not something you'll feel when you drive away from the gas station. I'm thinking the mental supercharger may have kicked in a bit when you hit the 89 button at the pump.


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Re: Nissan Kicks 89 octane [Re: lexus114] #5424086 05/08/20 12:53 PM
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I've put 87, 89, 91, 92 in my Corolla. It was all the same. Slow, underpowered, and gas mileage of 40-42.

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I think it’s more like char baby stated. Just better throttle response.


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My daughter has a new Corolla. She loves it.

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