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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-16-2018, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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Niro vs. Prius

Hi, Having a few different Prius since 2004 I'm really happy that I like my new Niro so much. I was a little worried about switching since I've had so much good luck with the Prius over the years. Has anyone else here owned a Prius and what differences do you find? My last Prius started using a little oil after passing the 160k mi. mark. I'm thinking that using 0w-20 oil is too thin for a small 4cyl. car especially in the heat. I see the Niro has a choice and I'm thinking of using 5w-30 oil does anyone else use that weight oil? Thanks!

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My owners manual does not give a choice, 0W20 is it! I doubt there is any harm in running a heavier oil other than a drop in mpg but little benefit either. Go with the manufacturer's recommendation.

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My owners manual does not give a choice, 0W20 is it! I doubt there is any harm in running a heavier oil other than a drop in mpg but little benefit either. Go with the manufacturer's recommendation.
That's funny my manual gives quite a few choices. I wonder if Kia changed there mind. The dealer got mine 6/18.

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I'm in Florida and always in warmer weather and i am using 5-30. No difference in mpg.
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I'm in Florida and always in warmer weather and i am using 5-30. No difference in mpg.
Yes I'm going to do the same

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Picked mine up end of Jan 2018. Manual is dated 2017. Oil recommendation is in section 9 page 7. Just the one oil choice.

More viscous oil certainly uses more energy, but you might not pick up the difference in mpg over two oil changes. Too many other independent variables. It is just one of those many small things that add up. I bought this car for its efficiency and I'd like to keep it efficient.

I used synthetic oil in my last car and kept religious records over 250,000 miles. Oil varied from 0W30 to 10W50. Couldn't tell any difference other than cold starts. But then my lifetime average in that vehicle was 28 mpg so small difference would be harder to pick up than a hybrid. But I know there was an efficiency difference even if I couldn't measure it.

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I had a second generation Prius, mainly because I had a hellish commute. In my mind, the Niro is a far nicer car than either the Prius. The build quality seems better, probably due to the lack of cheap thin plastic. It's definitely faster (in sport mode) and seems more comfortable.

I'm very happy with my Niro!
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post #8 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-18-2018, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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I wonder if I got a different owners manual? On page 9-7 there's a chart for recommended oil viscosities. There's a few listed along with 0-20, 5w-30 is listed also it even says 10w-30 is ok if it doesn't get below 0. I wound up asking the dealer and they said they use 5w-30 so I'm going to go with that.

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The dealer uses 5W30 because it costs less.

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I'm wondering if fully synthetic oil isn't a must in a hybrid since the engine starts and stops more frequently and at speed with no warm up?
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