It’s true: synthetic oil changes cost more than conventional oil changes.
But, it’s important to consider what you and your vehicle get in return for that extra upfront cost.
Synthetic oils have a service life of up to 20,000 miles. That’s up to five times longer than conventional oils. In other words, you'd only need one synthetic oil change for every four or five conventional oil changes.
Synthetic oils are specially formulated to provide better protection against friction and oil-related problems, such as oxidation. They also contain detergents and other additives that help your engine run better.
Full synthetic oils are also more effective at preventing engine deposits, including sludge that can form when driving in colder temperatures.
So, yes, the initial price of a synthetic oil change is higher, but you'll typically recoup that extra cost and maybe even more value through your vehicle’s improved performance, a cleaner engine, and longer intervals between oil changes.