Premium provides VERY slightly more horsepower than regular. For the vast majority of people, you would never know the difference. Stick with regular and save some money. The engine will automatically adjust to either fuel so there is no need for concern in that regard.
Non-ethanol fuel is always better but increasingly hard to find... Since ethanol (alcohol) has less energy than gasoline, ethanol fuels give less performance and poorer mileage...
Dogstar wrote:What is your real-world experience &/or input regarding fuel grade use with the 2.0L EcoBoost-equipped Escape? The manual recommends 87 octane normally but "premium" unleaded for the EcoBoost's.
2013 Escape 2.0L FWD Ruby Red Titanium w/ every option except panorama roof; delivered 8/4/12; 13K miles
2011 Nissan Leaf SL-e EV; delivered 2/1/11; 47K miles
2005 BMW E46 M3 Coupe; 50K miles