Motor Oil is essential for your car’s performance, so selecting the right lubricant is pivotal. First of all, you should be able to understand the coding of the motor oil, as most of these are labelled in the form of xxW-xx, with x denoting numbers. The digits preceding the W show the oil’s viscosity(a physical property that defines a liquid’s resistance to flow) at 0 degree Fahrenheit whereas the digits after the W tell about its viscosity at 212 F. To select the type of motor oil, you can refer to your car’s owner manual, while most recommend 5W-30, there subtle differences in oil performance for different brands. So, here we take a look at some of the best motor oils available for your car.
10. Schaeffer Manufacturing Co-15W40(25.59$)
This oil is ideal where the ambient temperatures are high. Available in 1 gallon plus bottles. This product would suit nicely for small/regular size SUV’s.
9. Red Line 15305 5W30 Motor Oil(47.11$)
If you live in some of the northern states, then this product will suit you. 5W rating ensures that the oil does not thicken during winters and the product can go along with most of the vehicles on the road.
8. Pennzoil 550038221 5W-30(22.65$)
A better dollar per gallon option. This synthetic oil runs longer than some of the other brands as you may require changing the oil every 4500-5000 miles whereas others require you to change after around 3000 miles.
7. MAG1 61790 5W-30 motor oil(26.74$)
That’s another affordable option available in a 26-ounce bottle. The manufacturer states that it meets API SN and ILSAC GF-5 standards which make it more durable while being environment-friendly.
6. Briggs & Stratton SAE 5W-30 (13.66$)
100% synthetic oil, comes in a 32-ounce bottle. The product is useful for low end or low power vehicles but may not be suitable for high-performance cars or bikes.
5. Valvoline 782256 (26.95$)
Valvoline product is rated 5W-30 for enhanced performance in winters. The formula for the oil contains a lot of anti-oxidants which help prevent oil breakdown.
4. Royal Purple 51530 (36.39$)
Royal Purple oil is available in a variety of sizes from 32-ounce to a whole gallon. The product is rated 5W-30 and has enhanced corrosion resistant chemicals.
3. Castrol 06250 EDGE 5W-50(49.39$)
Castrol is one of the top brands for engine oil, and this high-performance winter product is one of the best. Whether you are driving a Dodge Viper or a powerful SUV, this oil handles all with its strong lubrication properties and retains viscosity at high temperatures.
2. Shell Rotella T6 (550019921)(21.36$)
Though this oil is specifically for Diesel products, we couldn’t contemplate an engine oil list without a shell product. Rotella T6 is formulated with reduced levels of ash, phosphorous and sulphur which allow for peak performance at low emission levels. Rated 5W-40, the oil can be used even in the most powerful of automobiles without compromising their performance.
1. Mobil 1 94001 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil(47.52$)
When you think of motor oils, then the first thing that comes to your mind might be ‘Mobil 1’. The company is the pioneer in making engine oil and is still the best in the business. 5W-30 engine oil runs on average 4000-4500 miles before you would need to change the filter. The oil has an effective temperature working range between -53ºF and -400ºF.