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Types Of Fuel A Hyundai Palisade Uses (Explained)

Types Of Fuel A Hyundai Palisade Uses (Explained)

On this blog, we’ve written extensively about the Korean-made Hyundai Palisade and it’s various features. Today we’re going to talk about what kind of fuel this large SUV needs to run properly. Let’s start with a quick answer to that question:

The 2019 – Present-day Hyundai Palisade uses a 3.8 L turbocharged engine uses regular unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of 87. Using premium fuel with an octane rating of 91 or higher is not recommended since this has no benefits over using regular fuel.

However, that doesn’t fully cover the topic. Below we’ll talk about the various different kinds of fuels that are available on the market and whether or not they are compatible with the Hyundai Palisade. Furthermore we’ll talk about the mileage of the Palisade, it’s tank size and how much it costs to fill up the Palisade. Read on!

Infographic explaining the different fuel types for a Hyundai Palisade.

Gasoline Containing Alcohol Or Methanol

Some fuels contain a mixture of gasoline and alcohol or methanol. Please be aware that there are restrictions to the use of these kinds of fuels in the Hyundai Palisade. The Hyundai Palisade can only use fuels with a maximum of 15% alcohol or ethanol. This means that the use of E-15 gasoline is allowed since it contains 15% ethanol. However, the use of E-85 is strictly prohibited since it has 85% ethanol. Using this fuel in your vehicle will result in damage to the drive system of your car, and this is not covered under warranty.

Furthermore, the use of methanol is strictly forbidden in the Hyundai Palisade.

Using Fuel Additives

Using fuel additives for the Hyundai Palisade (that are not detergents) is strictly advised against. These additives include, but are not limited to:

  • Fuel additives with silicone
  • Iron-based additives such as Ferrocene.
  • Other metallic based additives. These will result in misfiring, stalling, damage to the catalyst and engine and poor accelaration which will severely decrease the lifespan of the fuel system.

All of these additives can result in the Malfunction Indicator Lamp illuminating on your dashboard.

Detergent Fuel Additives

The only exception in the ‘fuel additives’ category is the fact that some detergents are indeed allowed. Hyundai advises you to use TOP TIER gasoline in the Palisade. TOP TIER gasoline has added detergents that help prevent deposits in the fuel system. Information on where to find this fuel can be found on

If TOP TIER fuel is not available, customers are allowed to add one bottle of additive to the fuel tank according to the maintenance schedule of the Palisade. Looking at the maintenance schedule of the Palisade, we found that additives can therefore be added every 8.000 miles (12.000 kilometers) or every 12 months, whatever comes first.

Additives for the Hyundai Palisade can be bought at your Hyundai dealer, and Hyundai does not give any recommendations about this in the owner’s manual.

Gasoline containing MMT

Some gasoline contains additives based on MMT (Methylcyclopentadienyl Manganese Tricarbonyl). Hyundai strongly advises against the use of MMT in the Palisade. This fuel can reduce performance and damage the emission control system. Furthermore, the malfunction indicator lamp will turn on.

Fuel Mileage Of A Palisade

The Hyundai Palisade has an average fuel mileage. The Palisade with a 3.8L engine and FWD has a combined MPG of 22, a city MPG of 19, and a highway MPG of 26. The AWD version has a combined MPG of 21, a city MPG of 19, and a highway MPG of 24.

Tank Size And Cost Of A Full Tank

The 2019 – Present-day Hyundai Palisade with a 3.8L engine has a tank size of 18.75 gallons or 71 liters. A full tank will, on average, cost $63.17. Oklahoma is the cheapest state to fill up the Palisade, and a full tank will cost $56.4. California is the most expensive state, and a full tank will cost $84.96.


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