5W30 Oil Reviews





5W30 Oil is a multi-grade oil. Multigrade motor oil flows well in cold temperatures and still protects the engine at hotter temps. Oils have high viscosity when cold and a lower viscosity once the engine has reached its operating temperature. This difference is too large for most single-grade oil. In order to bring the difference in viscosities closer together polymer additives are added to the oil. The result is a multi-grade oil.

The first number in your oil (5) is the viscosity grade cold. The second number (30) is what you will have when hot (212 degrees F). A 5W30 Oil must pass the SAE-J300 viscosity grade requirement for both 5W and 30. The W stands for Winter, meaning your oil is good for year round driving.

If you are in the market for a great 5W30 Oil then the list below will help you find the best. We have taken the complete list of all oils tested and pulled just the 5W30 Oil results for your easy comparison.

Best 5W30 Oil

Incredible Protection

#1
5W30 Mobil 1, Advanced Full Synthetic, API SN, GM Dexos 1 Approved – 117,799 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A
Tested end of 2015

#2
5W30 Pennzoil Ultra, API SM – 115,612 PSI
Zinc: 806 ppm Phos: 812 ppm Moly: 66 ppm Calcium: 3011 ppm TBN: 10.3
No Longer Available – See #23 below for newer version.

#3
5W30 Quaker State Ultimate Durability, API SN, GM Dexos 1 Approved, Synthetic – 113,377 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A
Tested end of 2015

#4
5W30 Motul 300V Ester Core 4T Racing Oil, Synthetic – 112,464 PSI
Zinc: 1724 ppm Phos: 1547 ppm Moly: 481 ppm Calcium: 3141 ppm TBN: 7.4
Tested Spring 2014

#5
5W30 Mag 1, FMX, European Formula, API SM, ACEA C3-08, Synthetic – 111,622 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A
Tested Spring 2016.

#6
5W30 Oil Extreme Motor Oil, API SM, Synthetic – 110,286 PSI
Zinc: 765 ppm Phos: 624 ppm Moly: 52 ppm Calcium: 7,652 ppm TBN: 23.2

#7
5W30 Valvoline MaxLife High Mileage, API SN, Synthetic Blend – 108,045 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A
No Longer Available – See #22 below for new version.

#8
5W30 Mobil 1, Advanced Full Synthetic, API SN – 105,875 PSI
Zinc: 801 ppm Phos: 842 ppm Moly: 112 ppm Calcium: 799 ppm TBN: 7.5
No Longer Available. See #1 above for the new version.

Outstanding Protection

#9
5W30 Joe Gibbs Driven LS30 Performance Motor Oil, Synthetic – 104,487 PSI
Zinc: 1610 ppm Phos: 1496 ppm Moly: 0 ppm Calcium: 3515 ppm TBN: 8.8
This 5W30 Oil has too much Zinc & Phos for use in catalytic converter equipped vehicles. It would work well for Race Cars, Street Hotrods and Classic cars. The bottle says it is formulated specifically for high output GM LS engines, and that no ZDDP or additives are required.

#10
5W30 Amsoil Series 3000 Heavy Duty Diesel Oil, API CI-4 PLUS, CF, SL, ACEA A3/B3, E2, E3, E5, E7, Synthetic – 102,642 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A
Highest ranked Diesel oil tested. This oil is engineered for Diesel engines not equipped with Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF).

#11
5W30 Pennzoil High Mileage Vehicle, API SN, Conventional – 102,402 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A

#12
5W30 Chevron Supreme Conventional, API SN – 100,011 PSI
Zinc: 1018 ppm Phos: 728 ppm Moly: 161 ppm

#13
5W30 Pennzoil Platinum, API SN, Synthetic – 99,949 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A

#14
5W30 Pennzoil “Ultra” Platinum, Pure Plus Technology, API SN, GM Dexos 1 Approved – 99,039 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A
Introduced in 2014.

#15
5W30 Quaker State Ultimate Durability, API SN – 95,920 PSI
Zinc: 877 ppm Phos: 921 ppm Moly: 72 ppm
No longer available. Replaced by new formula that now has GM Dexos 1 approval. See #3 above for the new version.

#16
5W30 Castrol Edge with Titanium, API SN – 95,717 PSI
Zinc: 818 ppm Phos: 883 ppm Moly: 90 ppm Titanium: 44 ppm
No longer available. Replaced by 5W30 Castrol Edge Extended Performance. See #45 below.

#17
5W30 Castrol GTX, API SN, Conventional – 95,392 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A

#18
5W30 Havoline, API SN, Conventional – 95,098 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A

#19
5W30 Valvoline SynPower, API SN – 94,942 PSI
Zinc: 969 ppm Phos: 761 ppm Moly: 0 ppm

#20
5W30 Valvoline Premium Conventional, API SN – 94,744 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A

#21
5W30 Eneos, API SN, Synthetic – 93,135 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A

#22
5W30 Valvoline MaxLife High Mileage, API SN, GM Dexos 1 Approved, Synthetic Blend – 92,639 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A
Tested at the end of 2015.
The older version (#7 Above) of this 5W30 Oil produced a wear protection capability value of 108,045 PSI

#23
5W30 Pennzoil Ultra, API SN, Synthetic – 92,569 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A
The older API SM version (#2 Above) of this 5W30 Oil produced a wear protection capability value of 115,612 PSI.

#24
5W30 Lucas Conventional, API SN – 92,073 PSI
Zinc: 992 ppm Phos: 760 ppm Moly: 0 ppm

#25
5W30 O’Reilly (House Brand) Conventional, API SN – 91,433 PSI
Zinc: 863 ppm Phos: 816 ppm Moly: 0 ppm

#26
5W30 Castrol GTX High Mileage, API SN, Synthetic Blend – 91,404 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A

#27
5W30 Maxima RS530 Synthetic Racing Oil – 91,162 PSI
Zinc: 2162 ppm Phos: 2294 ppm Moly: 181 ppm

#28
5W30 Red Line, API SN – 91,028 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A

Good Protection

#29
5W30 Havoline, API SN, Synthetic – 89,406 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A

#30
5W30 Penrite 10 Tenths Racing 5, Synthetic – 88,992 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A

#31
5W30 Mobil 1 High Mileage, API SL, Synthetic – 88,081 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A

#32
5W30 Valvoline Nextgen 50% Recycled Oil, API SN, Conventional – 87,563 PSI
Zinc: 947 ppm Phos: 778 ppm Moly: 0 ppm

#33
5W30 Pennzoil Platinum, Pure Plus Technology, API SN – 87,241 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A

#34
5W30 Castrol Edge w/Syntec, API SN, Synthetic (Formerly Castrol Syntec) – 85,179 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A

#35
5W30 Schaeffer’s Supreme 9000, API SN, Synthetic – 84,118 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A

#36
5W30 Royal Purple, API SN – 84,009 PSI
Zinc: 942 ppm Phos: 817 ppm Moly: 0 ppm

#37
5W30 Mobil 1 Extended Performance 15,000 mile, API SN – 83,263 PSI
Zinc: 890 ppm Phos: 819 ppm Moly: 104 ppm

#38
5W30 LAT Synthetic Racing Oil, API SM – 81,800 PSI
Zinc: 1784 ppm Phos: 1539 ppm Moly: 598 ppm

#39
5W30 Peak, API SN, Synthetic – 80,716 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A

#40
5W30 Edelbrock “Cat-Safe”, API SM, Synthetic – 78,609 PSI
Zinc: 924 ppm Phos: 659 ppm Moly: 28 ppm
This 5W30 oil is made for Edelbrock by Torco

#41
5W30 Pennzoil, API SN, Conventional – 76,989 PSI
Zinc: 839 ppm Phos: 840 ppm Moly: 267 ppm

#42
5W30 Lucas, API SM, Synthetic – 76,584 PSI
Zinc: 1134 ppm Phos: 666 ppm Moly: 0 ppm

#43
5W30 GM’s AC Delco Dexos 1, API SN, Semi-Synthetic – 76,501 PSI
Zinc: 878 ppm Phos: 758 ppm Moly: 72 ppm

#44
5W30 Motul 8100 X-clean, API SM, Synthetic – 76,166 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A
This 5W30 oil is made in France, and comes in a 1 liter bottle, which – 1.05 qts
For reference, 5W30 Motul 300V Ester Core 4T Racing Oil, Synthetic, produced a wear protection of 112,464 PSI

Modest Protection

#45
5W30 Castrol Edge Extended Performance, API SN, GM Dexos 1 Approved, Synthetic – 74,899 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A
Tested Fall 2015.

#46
5W30 Royal Purple XPR (Extreme Performance Racing) – 74,860 PSI
Zinc: 1421 ppm Phos: 1338 ppm Moly: 204 ppm

#47
5W30 Peak, API SN, Conventional – 73,690 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A

#48
5W30 Mobil Super Synthetic, API SN, GM Dexos 1 Approved – 73,601 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A

#49
5W30 Castrol GTX Magnatec, API SN, GM Dexos 1 Approved, Synthetic Blend – 73,566 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A
Claims to have molecules that cling to parts, forming an extra layer of protection during warm-up, reducing engine wear.

#50
5W30 Amalie Elixir Oil, API SN, Synthetic – 72,825 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A

#51
5W30 High Performance Lubricants Break-In Oil, Synthetic – 69,097 PSI
Zinc: N/A (Bottle Claims High) Phos: N/A (Bottle Claims High) Moly: N/A
This oil was tested Summer 2016.

#52
5W30 Motorcraft, API SN – 68,782 PSI
Zinc: 796 ppm Phos: 830 ppm Moly: 75 ppm

#53
5W30 Quaker State Advanced Durability, API SN, Conventional – 68,581 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A
Tested Fall 2015

#54
5W30 Toyota Motor Oil, API SN, Conventional – 68,069 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A

#55
5W30 Schaeffer Supreme 7000 Synthetic Plus, API SN – 66,099 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A
Tested Fall 2015

#56
5W30 Klotz Estorlin Racing Oil, API SL, synthetic – 64,175 PSI
Zinc: 1765 ppm Phos: 2468 ppm Moly: 339 ppm

#57
5W30 PurOl Elite Series, Synthetic – 63,282 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A

#58
5W30 Motul 8100 ECO-nergy, API SL, Synthetic – 61,880 PSI
Zinc: N/A Phos: N/A Moly: N/A
Made in France, and comes in a 1 liter bottle, which – 1.05 qts
For reference, 5W30 Motul 300V Ester Core 4T Racing Oil, synthetic, produced a wear protection of 112,464 PSI

Undesirable Protection

#59
5W30 Joe Gibbs Driven BR30 Break-In Oil, Conventional – 47,483 PSI
Zinc: N/A (Bottle Claims High) Phos: N/A Moly: N/A
Total Seal also sells this Break-In Oil with their label on it.




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