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But new research by AAA shows that paying-up for premium may not be worth the extra money, unless the vehicle absolutely requires it.

Gasoline prices are falling in northern New England. Six states in the region are on the top ten most expensive list for gasoline prices: Hawaii ($3.29), Alaska ($3.21), California ($3.13), Washington ($2.95), OR ($2.80) and Nevada ($2.68).

Gas prices in our state have fallen more than three cents per gallon in the past week.

"When it comes to gasoline, "premium" does not mean "better" if your vehicle doesn't require it", Nielsen, said of the AAA study.

The answer: It makes a little difference in performance and fuel economy but not much. It was $2.26 last week, and $2.27 last month.

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"This becomes increasingly important as the difference between the cost of regular and premium gasoline grows", IHS Markit senior analyst Stephanie Brinley said.

"The modest fuel economy improvements found in AAA tests do not offset the higher cost of premium gasoline".

"Sometimes consumers think they are giving their vehicle a boost by buying a higher-grade gasoline than what is required", AAA spokesperson Susan Hiltz said in a statement.

In 2015, drivers wasted $2.1 billion by paying for premium fuel when their vehicles were created to operate on regular, according to the AAA. However, according to new research by AAA, using more expensive premium gas on vehicles that don't require it is just throwing money away. But under extreme conditions, such as when towing a trailer or driving in extremely hot weather, using Regular could lead to damage.

AAA found that for cars that recommend but don't require premium, the 2.7 percent average improvement in fuel economy and 1.4 percent average increase in horsepower don't balance out the price of premium fuel, which costs 20-25 percent more than regular fuel.

If you're not sure whether your vehicle requires or just recommends premium fuel, you can find that information in your manual.

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