Synthetic Oil vs. Regular Oil: What’s The Difference?

Adding oil to engine


At the Whitten Brothers Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Richmond service center, we’re equipped to handle all sorts of auto services, including oil changes. You probably know that there are a lot of different oil grades, but the three main types are conventional, synthetic, and synthetic blend. What’s the difference between these oil types? Compare synthetic vs. regular oil and full synthetic oil vs. synthetic blends below to learn more. 

What is Conventional (Regular) Oil?

Conventional oil (also known as regular oil) is petroleum-based and has been added to engines for years. Regular oil is distilled from crude oil and helps regulate heat, lubricate the engine’s moving parts, and reduce wear and tear. 

What is Synthetic Oil?

Like regular oil, synthetic oil is petroleum-based. Compared to regular oil, synthetic oil oxidizes more slowly and lasts longer. Because it’s more refined, synthetic oil provides enhanced lubrication properties, which helps pull heat away from the engine more effectively. This is why synthetic oil is recommended for high-performance vehicles, and why most manufacturers now recommend it for their new vehicles. To recap, synthetic oil is: 

  • Less viscous at lower temperatures.
  • More adept at cleaning the engine.
  • Better at protecting turbo engine parts (when applicable).

How Do Full Synthetic vs. Synthetic Blends Differ?

Synthetic blends are the middle ground between synthetic and conventional oils. As the name suggests, synthetic oil blends are made from a mix between synthetic and regular oils. Compared to full synthetic oil, synthetic oil blends are less costly, and offer some enhanced performance properties vs. regular oil. 

Keep in mind that most of the new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM vehicles need full synthetic oil to operate efficiently. If you’re considering a synthetic motor oil blend to save some money, be sure to check your owner’s manual for more information, or speak to one of our service technicians. 

Schedule an Oil Change in Richmond Today! 

If your Jeep Grand Cherokee or RAM 1500 is due for an oil change, schedule a service visit at Whitten Brothers Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Richmond! 

Do you have questions about our service menu and prices? Contact us online or call us at 866-207-0996 today. Before you schedule, explore our Mopar® coupons for offers you don’t want to miss. 


More from Whitten Brothers Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Richmond

  • How Much Can the 2023 RAM 2500 Tow?

    What is the 2023 RAM 2500 towing capacity? How much can the 2023 RAM 2500 tow? The new RAM 1500 offers sturdy performance power for Ashland and Fredericksburg drivers and can handle towing jobs of all kinds. When equipped with the RAM 2500 tow package, the 2023 RAM 2500 can tow up to 19,980 pounds….

  • 2023 RAM 1500 Dimensions

      The RAM 1500 is a top choice among trucks in today’s market. With an attractive price point, it seamlessly combines affordability with a luxurious interior brimming with cutting-edge connectivity, entertainment, and towing features. Classified as a full-size pickup, the 2023 RAM 1500 boasts substantial dimensions, allowing it to tow heavy loads and comfortably accommodate…

  • 2023 Dodge Challenger Trim Levels & Pricing

      The 2023 Dodge Challenger is the ultimate muscle car for speed enthusiasts around Ashland. Each model showcases the iconic silhouette and vibrant colors reminiscent of 70s muscle cars, complete with the latest technology to keep you connected during everyday commutes. You won’t want to pass on the opportunity to experience the 2023 Dodge Challenger…

Saved Vehicles

You don't have any saved vehicles!

Look for this Save icon

Once you've saved some vehicles, you can view them here at any time.

Whitten Brothers Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Richmond 37.5061318, -77.594597.