Join Date: May 2010
Location: Republic of Texas
2015 Sonata Sport, 2014 Elantra GT, 2006 Elantra GLS Hatch.
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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!