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Please recommend oil and change interval for my 2016 Tucson 2.0

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I am a newbie, just purchased my Tucson. Getting info on oil brand and change interval, I know Hyundai recommends standard our but I would to do semi syntectic if I could. I read Quaker State is suggested by Hyunday but which one.

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Most major oil co will make their recommendations for your car if you go to their sites. I use MOBIL 1 as recommended by Mobil 1. Go by Hyundai recommended intervals.
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You really can't go wrong with any of the major brand synthetic oils. Personally I've been using Pennzoil Platinum in my cars for years and like it very much. We're using Pennzoil Ultra Platinum in our Tucson because it has the 1.6L turbo. Like Greasykid says, go with what's in the manual for change interval.
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I was thinking going with a synthetic blend 5w-20 for the 2.0 engine as recommended by Hyundai but can I go 7500 miles on it? I am not sure, it is a 50% synthetic. I do a lot city driving so should I go 6000 miles instead?

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My Elantra has the same 2.0 Nu motor. I use 5W-20 synthetic at a 5K interval. I don't drive in so called "city" driving much, but more rural areas. Lots of hills and such. Most trips are at least 10 miles one way. But it does go on longer trips as well. I base this on my last vehicle which had an OLM and it was triggered around the 7K-7.5K mark as due. Hyundai is one of the few manufactures today that doesn't use some sort of an OLM, and they also recommend some of the shortest intervals out there. 5K intervals also make it easier to track for me, done at 25K, due at 30K. After my next oil changed, I will be going up to a 5W-30 (already have some 5W-20 to use).


Just some added info, we also have Hyundai's and Kia's in our fleet vehicles and both state a 7500 mile or 12 month interval for oil changed for standard power trains. 10K mile or 12 months for hybrids. Why the difference between regular customer and fleet customers.... The world may never know.......lol


There is no "set" formula for oil changes. Most depend on your usage. Just don't exceed the factory recommendations between changes and use a quality oil. After a couple of oil changes, send a sample off to Blackstone for analysis and see what the results are. You can adjust from there.


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You will get all kinds of opinions on this, but first you have some of your facts wrong ...

- Hyundai doesn't "recommend" standard, but they don't specify that you HAVE to use synthetic either.

- Quaker State or Shell is recommended by Hyundai, but that is b/c Quaker State or Shell paid Hyundai the most money to put their logo in the engine bay and owners manual.

- For the non-turbo, the OCI is 3750 for severe service and 7500 for non-severe. Short trips are more likely to be severe service than city driving. I don't consider myself severe usage and do 5K changes for convenience, but ...

I recommend using synthetic oil (full synthetic) but not particular on brand. I recommend using the highest recommended viscosity - probably 5W30 for non-turbo and 5W40 for turbos.


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I was thinking going with a synthetic blend 5w-20 for the 2.0 engine as recommended by Hyundai but can I go 7500 miles on it? I am not sure, it is a 50% synthetic. I do a lot city driving so should I go 6000 miles instead?

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Synthetic part of the blend can vary. My dealership uses Valvoline Premium Conventional which is now a synthetic blend. I do a lot of short trips so I follow the 3,750 mile/6-month interval in Owner's Manual.

If you change it yourself I would go with Full Synthetic, not blend. Not much difference in price after sales and rebates.

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If you want to stay on the safiest side:
full synthetic (any brand) 5w30 (5w40 for turbo) oil every 5-6000km/6 monthes. Mid- or premium gas.
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I note that you are in Orlando, so we have similar conditions to compare. First off, all of the above is good advice. Each of us has our own preferences, but the key thing here is CHANGE THE OIL REGULARLY! Seems obvious, but you would be amazed how many folks think oil is like gasoline; fill it up when you are running low. :0

My two cents:
'15 Sonata, 2.4L GDI, 17K miles. Gets Hyundai filters only, 5W20, Valvoline Premium conventional, every 5K or 6 months. Mixed driving, no heavy traffic or stop and go.
'14 Elantra GT, 2.0L GDI, 41K miles. Hyundai filters only, 5W20, Valvoline Premium conventional, every 5K or 6 months. Mixed driving, but more "invigorating" driving style.
'06 Elantra GLS Hatchback, 2.0L MPI, 137K miles. Hyundai filters only, 10W30, Castrol GTX conventional, every 5K or 6 months. Daughters car, drives like her dad, and 5K is actually more like 4 months for her!

I have been using the 5K/6mo interval on every vehicle I have owned since 1970 (31 total). 4/6/8cyl, foreign and domestic. Always used Castrol GTX until I went to GDI engines at which time a longtime wrench turner who is the lead tech at a large Hyundai store told me, and I quote, "Castrol GTX is a very good oil. If it were mine, I would use Valvoline or GTX." He does not use synthetic, but does not go beyond 5K OCI.

I have never (knock on wood, my head in this case) had an oil related engine failure in 47 years of driving. Even the little '06 Elantra does not burn any oil or have any "weird" noises at 137,000 miles. Back to my first point, all the recommendations above are very good. Just remember to change your oil at the appropriate time with a quality oil and filter and you should be fine.

Enjoy your Tucson!
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