Hi, The owner's manual says,
The engine is 1.0l, 3 cylinder, normally aspirated, with electric assist/regen. It has a simple start/stop system, so unlike the prius, it is spinning almost all of the time, even at low torque demand. It stops when coming to a stop, waiting at lights, etc. It takes about 2.5l of oil for the change, so not very much. The current oil in the engine is Toyota 0W-20 Full Synthetic. The previous time it was Honda 0W-20 Full Synthetic. It didn't seem to burn any oil either time. The car is used from about April to October, with night-time lows maybe to 0C during the early spring and maybe late fall. During the summers the daytime highs can get to 30+C. It is stored for the rest of the year. It often goes only ~5 km per trip in the morning (two trips, about 1 hour apart); this is almost daily. It also gets driven around town, and gets some highway use, with possibly a couple ~2000km (round-trip distance) trips this year. I'm considering Pennzoil or Mobil 1, leaning towards Pennzoil because it ends up being ~$20-25+tax per 5l after rebate, as opposed to Mobil 1 which is about $30-35 per 5 quarts (or sometimes 4.4l even), and with no rebate up here in Canada as far as I know. However, if Mobil 1 is much better, I might get it anyway. The only one I think I'd consider would be 0W-20 EP, but i'm open to suggestions. I was thinking about PP 0W-20, 5W-20, or 5W-30, or PUP at same grades. I looked at the PDSs, and it seems like the PUP 0W-20 and 5W-30 have flashpoints ~225C, while the others are ~205C. So, would that possibly mean lower Noack?, 'better' in general terms? I was thinking about PUP 5W-30 or maybe the same grade of PP. Would this be a bad choice? Would the PUP be worth the extra $5 over the PP? My thinking for using 5W-30 was that a slightly higher HTHS won't hurt, and might help, and hopefully the KV40 and KV100 differences won't matter much, if at all. The PP 5W-30 is very close to the 0W-20 upper limits for KV. The PUP version is not far from that. I'd like to choose whatever is best for engine life. What do you think? PP 5W-30: Some specs: SN+, GF-5, A1/B1, A5/B5, HTO-06, dexos1g2 KV40: 53.9 KV100: 9.8 VI: 170 CCS: [email protected] Pour Point: -48C Flash Point (D93): 207C PUP 5W-30: Some specs: SN, GF-5, A1/B1-12, A5/B5-12, HTO-06, dexos1 KV40: 56.3 KV100: 10.3 VI: 173 CCS: [email protected] Pour Point: -48C Flash Point (D93): 224C Mobil1 0W-20 EP: Some specs: SN, GF-5, CF, dexos1 KV40: 44.9 KV100: 8.6 HTHS: 2.7 SA: 0.8% VI: 173 Pour Point: -54C Flash Point (D92): 235C Thanks.
A very low-viscosity, fuel-efficient 0W-20 oil is preferred engine lubricant for your Insight. This special oil is formulated to help your engine use less fuel. It is available at your Honda dealer. A 5W-20 or 5W-30 oil may be used if 0W-20 is not available.