Synthetic Oil vs Conventional Oil

Service Technician changing the oil on a vehicle

Motor oil plays a vital role in maintaining the performance and longevity of an engine. When it comes to choosing the right motor oil, two options are commonly available: synthetic oil vs regular oil. But what does it mean when a bottle says full synthetic oil vs synthetic blend? With seemingly so many different types to choose from, it’s easy for some Corona drivers to become overwhelmed. Don’t worry – it’s not as complicated as you think. By the end of this article, you’ll know the difference between synthetic oil vs. regular oil and which one is best for your vehicle and why. 



Standard Motor Oil

Standard motor oil, also known as conventional motor oil, is derived from crude oil through a refining process. Conventional motor oil has long been the standard in the automotive industry until recent years, and when you select from the most basic oil change package at service stations, you’re likely to receive standard motor oil. Despite the efficiency of synthetic oil, there are still advantages for some in opting for conventional oil: 

  • Standard oil is less expensive than synthetic oil, making it a budget-friendly option during your service intervals. 
  • Standard oil meets industry requirements and provides lubrication to most engines. It still helps prevent wear and tear, regulates temperature, and keeps your engine clean. 
  • It’s also the most widely available option at most independent auto retailers and gas stations. 

Synthetic Motor Oil 

Synthetic motor oil is chemically engineered to provide superior lubrication and protection. It is formulated using a combination of base oils and additives. These are some of the most notable characteristics and advantages of using synthetics: 

  • Synthetic oil offers better lubrication, reducing friction and wear on engine components. It excels in extreme temperatures and protects during cold starts and high operating temperatures. 
  • Synthetic oil typically lasts longer than standard oil, allowing for extended oil change intervals. Generally, you can obtain an additional 3,000 miles plus, basically equating in a free oil change as opposed to opting for conventional. 
  • Synthetic oil’s lubricating properties reduce internal friction, leading to superior fuel economy. 
  • Synthetic oil is less prone to sludge, keeping your engine cleaner over longer periods. 

Full Synthetic Oil vs Synthetic Blend and Specialty Formulations

For Fontana drivers looking at potential service options, there are also synthetic blends and specialty formulations. A synthetic blend is just as it sounds – a mix between standard motor oil and synthetic. 

Specialty formulations are full-synthetics created for specific applications, like high-performing engines, turbocharged engines, and trucks and SUVs with heightened towing capabilities. These brands offer optimized performance and protection for the types of vehicles they’re designed for. 

Which Is Best for Your San Bernardino Vehicle?

Choosing between standard and synthetic motor oil depends on several factors, including budget, driving conditions, and personal preferences. Standard motor oil offers cost-effectiveness and adequate performance for regular driving conditions, while synthetic motor oil excels in providing enhanced engine protection, extended oil change intervals, improved fuel efficiency, and resistance to breakdown.

Ultimately, the decision is up to you. However, we strongly recommend adhering to the preferred variation stated in your owner’s manual. In some cases, a vehicle must use synthetic oil to perform at an efficient level. 

Choose Riverside Kia for Your Next Service Interval

At Riverside Kia, we provide a wide variety of different standard, synthetic, blends, and special formulations. If you’d rather let a professional handle the heavy lifting, schedule service with one of our star technicians today. Don’t forget to check our service specials for enhanced savings on your oil changes today. 


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