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What type of motor oil should I use in my Acura?

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TitleWhat type of motor oil should I use in my Acura?
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Acura Genuine Motor Oil is specifically formulated for your vehicle as it meets Acura’s exacting engineering standards. These standards meet or exceed the typical industry performance specifications found in many conventional fluids. Tested and approved by Acura’s Research and Development team, Acura Genuine Motor Oil helps maintain the factory specifications of your Acura.

Should I use premium-grade synthetic or ultimate full synthetic oil in my Acura?

Acura recommends using Acura Genuine Motor Oil, sold and available at Acura dealers. If Acura Genuine Motor Oil is not used, conventional motor oil of a premium-grade or an ultimate full synthetic blend may be used and must contain the specified viscosity grade indicated in your Owner’s Manual. It must also be labeled with an API Certification Seal, indicating the oil is energy conserving and that it meets the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) latest requirement . Oil additives are not required and not recommended; using them could adversely affect your vehicle engine’s performance and durability.

Please see your Owner’s ManualRecommended Engine Oil, for a list of manufacturer-approved fluids.

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What is the benefit of using Acura Premium-grade Synthetic Motor Oil?

  • Exceeds API SN and ILSAC GF-5 standards
  • Helps improve fuel efficiency
  • Helps minimize the formation of sludge and varnish
  • Helps protect against rust and bearing corrosion
  • Resists viscosity and thermal breakdown even in the most severe service
  • Helps protect engine-powered emission system catalysts, mitigating harmful effects of pollutants in the exhaust gas

What is the benefit of using Acura Ultimate Full Synthetic Motor Oil?

  • Exceeds API standards, including those for turbocharged engines
  • Helps minimize harmful engine deposits while helping maximize fuel efficiency
  • Helps improve protection against viscosity breakdown at high temperatures
  • Lower volatility for reduced oil consumption
  • Helps protect turbocharged engines
  • Circulates faster at lower temperatures to provide better protection in cold starts

I have been using Genuine Honda Motor Oil or another commercial engine oil of suitable viscosity, but I am thinking of switching to synthetic motor oil. Can I do this?

Yes, as long as the synthetic motor oil is labeled with the API Certification Seal and is the specified viscosity grade. Keep in mind that your vehicle’s oil change intervals will remain the same even if you use synthetic oil.

To see the grade of oil recommended for your vehicle, please see your Owner’s Manual or reference the chart below:

UFS: ultimate full synthetic blend
S/UFS: synthetic blend or ultimate full synthetic blend

CL

2003: 5W-20 (S/UFS), topped off with 0W-20 (UFS)

ILX

2013-2020: 0W-20 (UFS)

MDX

2003-2006: 5W-20 (S/UFS), topped off with 0W-20 (UFS)

2007-2013: 5W-20 (S/UFS)

2014-2020: 0W-20 (UFS)

MDX Sport Hybrid

2017-2020: 0W-20 (UFS)

RDX

2007-2012: 5W-30 HTO-06 Specification (UFS)

2013-2020: 0W-20 (UFS)

RL

2003-2004: 5W-30 (S/UFS)

2005-2008: 5W-20 (S/UFS), topped off with 0W-20 (UFS)

2009-2012: 5W-20 (S/UFS)

RLX/RLX Sport Hybrid

2014-2020: 0W-20 (UFS)

RSX

2003-2006 Type S: 5W-30 (S/UFS)

2003-2006 All others: 5W-20 (S/UFS), topped off with 0W-20 (UFS)

TL

 

2003 3.2Liter: 5W-20 (S/UFS)

2004-2008: 5W-20 (S/UFS), topped off with 0W-20 (UFS)

2007-2011 3.5Liter: 5W-20 (S/UFS), topped off with 0W-20 (UFS)

2012-2014: 0W-20 (UFS)

2009-2014 3.7Liter: 5W-20 (S/UFS)

TLX

2015-2020: 0W-20 (UFS)

TSX

2004-2008: 5W-30 (S/UFS)

2009-2010: 5W-20 (S/UFS), topped off with 0W-20 (UFS)

2011-2014: 0W-20 (UFS)

ZDX

2010-2013: 5W-20 (S/UFS)

 

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