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Synthetic vs. Conventional

Think twice. Choose Mobil 1. Think twice. Choose Mobil 1.


Your engine needs protection that conventional motor oils can’t provide. Synthetic motor oils are the answer. And some synthetics are rewriting the limits of motor oil. With Mobil 1™ advanced full synthetic motor oils, you get outstanding performance, long-lasting protection and extended engine life.


Made differently: 3 reasons why synthetics win

Keeping your engine running strong depends on what you pour into it, so it’s important to know some motor oil basics. Synthetic motor oils, such as Mobil 1, outperform conventional motor oils because of how they’re made:


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1. High-quality base oils

Mobil 1 synthetic oils are developed from a proprietary blend of high-quality base oils. Conventional oils are made from a different blend of less refined base oils.

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2. Hand-selected components

Mobil 1 synthetic oils include a system of more than 15 hand-selected components as a unique proprietary blend that helps the oils retain their protective qualities under extreme conditions. Conventional oils don’t include the same system of hand-selected components, so they break down quicker and provide less protection under extreme conditions.

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3. Advanced technology and expertise

Mobil 1 synthetic oils are specially formulated by a dedicated team of scientists and engineers. Up to 20,000 hours of lab/field testing and 500,000 miles of road/track testing go into each bottle of Mobil 1 motor oil.


Engine protection: A head-to-head comparison

The true measurement for motor oils is how well they can protect your engine from the demands of everyday use. By delivering unsurpassed wear protection, the next-generation technology of Mobil 1 synthetic oils can protect your engine better and keep your vehicle on the road longer than conventional oils (synthetic blends included).

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Mobil 1 keeps your engine in excellent condition

A dedicated team of scientists and engineers maximize the synthetic capabilities of Mobil 1 motor oils by carefully selecting and combining components, achieving a fully balanced formulation that ensures outstanding engine performance and protection. That’s a big reason why Mobil 1 motor oils keep important engine parts in excellent condition for 250,000 miles.

250,000 miles of excellent condition
250,000 miles of excellent condition

Mobil 1 motor oils keep important engine parts in excellent condition for 250,000 miles.

Total engine miles. Tested in vehicles primarily in highway driving conditions with respective product recommended oil change intervals.

Tested and proven

Our robust testing program has pushed new and used cars and trucks to their limits, racking up more miles on a single vehicle than the average car or truck will experience in its lifetime. Our tests vary in overall miles, oil change intervals (OCIs) and driving conditions to help further demonstrate the oil’s capabilities. Looking for proof? See for yourself:

Test miles OCIs Driving conditions Vehicle
520,000 20,000 Highway/Towing New 2015 Chevrolet Silverado
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500,000 10,000 Highway New 2015 Toyota Camry
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120,000 15,000 City/Highway Used 2009 Honda Accord
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Get more miles out of your vehicle. Whether you drive a sedan, SUV, light van or truck, there’s a Mobil 1 motor oil specially formulated for your needs.

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