Top Tier Gasoline

Picture of a Direct Fuel Injector

Direct Fuel Injector

“Top Tier Gasoline” is a label given to gasoline that has passed specific tests for the prevention of intake valve and combustion chamber deposits, and fuel injector and intake valve sticking.

Top Tier Gasoline is THE performance standard for retail gasoline.

Top tier came about after a group of auto manufacturers lobbied the fuel suppliers to establish a higher standard for detergent gasoline. General Motors, Mercedes Benz, Audi, Honda, Toyota, and Volkswagen led the charge.

To quote the Top Tier Gasoline web site, “Since the minimum additive performance standards were first established by EPA in 1995, most gasoline marketers have actually reduced the concentration level of detergent additive in their gasoline by up to 50%.”

Today, with more vehicles resorting to “Direct Fuel Injection” for better performance and more MPG, it’s more important than ever to use a high quality detergent gasoline. The new direct fuel injectors are manufactured to exacting tolerances as they are now subject to combustion chamber pressures, temperatures, and deposits. It’s important to keep them clean for optimum performance.

Even if you are driving a car without direct injection, it pays to keep your regular fuel injectors clean. You’ll be rewarded with better performance and mileage.

Here is the current list of retailers selling Top Tier Gasoline in the US. All grades of the retailer’s gasoline must meet the top tier standards. Not just their premium grade.

76 Stations                                                      

Aloha Petroleum                                             







Entec Stations                                                 

Express Convenience Centers                         


Holiday Stationstores

Kwik Trip / Kwik Star

MFA Oil Co.


Ohana Fuels

Phillips 66

Quik Trip

Road Ranger

Scheirl Oil




Tri-Par Oil Co.  

To read the full Top Tier Gasoline specifications, or to check for retailer additions please visit

Here is a printer friendly list of the current Top Tier Gas Stations in PDF format. Top Tier Gas Stations PDF


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    2 Responses to Top Tier Gasoline

    1. Bill Cox August 7, 2014 at 9:14 am #

      Great information. Will make me think twice about my choice of gasoline brands that I purchase.

      BTW – nice car and thanks for the info…

    2. Audra Latsha November 9, 2014 at 7:25 pm #

      Very impressed with the information you provided. Didn’t realize how different types of gasoline could effect your car.

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