Pennzoil Ultra Platinum 5W-20 Full Synthetic Motor Oil Review

Jun, 2016

Pennzoil 550038330 Ultra Platinum 5W-20 Full Synthetic Motor Oil- 5 Quart Jug
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 5 stars
  • Spectacular

Review Summary:

Good performance motor oil need not be expensive as maintenance as a whole for your vehicle may already incur a substantive amount, so the best choice is the Pennzoil Ultra Platinum 5W-20 Full Synthetic Motor Oil that does not only increase your engine’s mileage, prolong its life and cleans the engine while it is running. A true cost effective alternative against crude-base engine oil!


Ranked as No. 33 in the latest online reviews of satisfied customers for Automotive Oils and Fluids category, the Pennzoil Ultra Platinum 5W-20 Full Synthetic Motor Oil does the rest for your vehicle.

With an average rating of 4.8 Stars out of 5 Stars (5 being the highest) and a satisfaction score of 97% among 267 customers, the feat is quiet high for this category.

Not to be confused with gear oil which is usually used for gear motors, motor oil is primarily formulated solely for vehicle engines. Gear motor oil has higher viscosity compared to engine oil that is why it is not applicable for engines of vehicles.

The Ultra Platinum is competitive against the leading brand, price and quality-wise, find out more of it as we go along its immense features.

Product Features

Pennzoil 550038330 Ultra Platinum 5W-20 Full Synthetic Motor Oil- 5 Quart Jug

Pennzoil 550038330 Ultra Platinum 5W-20 Full Synthetic Motor Oil- 5 Quart Jug

1. Formulated with PurePlus Technology

The proprietary PurePlus® synthetic base oil technology is being used by Pennzoil to perfectly blend this oil enhancing better performance than ordinary brands. This technique is patented by the company and concerns about the innovative process converting pure and pristine natural gas into high-quality motor oil unequalled by any other oil in the market.

The technology produces very clear base oil with 99.50% purity compared to crude oil. The PurePlus® technique allows for a low volatility (NOACK values of 10% or lower) which conventional oil can’t produce. The technique limits, if not totally eliminates, the evaporation rate when the synthetic oil hit hot surfaces of the engine like the piston rings.

2. For Extreme Temperatures

The Pennzoil 5W-20 is an all-weather, all-temperature oil that stays liquid even in extremely cold temperature (up to -40F). Similarly, it does not evaporate or turn to gas in extremely high temperature (400F) that is why it is not difficult to pump the oil in any temperature. Less effort on the pump may entail less energy that saves you a lot on fuel.

3. High Performance Additives

This synthetic base oil has additives that perform well when added using the PurePlus® technology. The addition of sulfur and phosphorous in limited amount enhance better combustion and lubrication that never solidify under extremely hot or cold temperature. The viscosity, on the other hand is controlled even under degenerative conditions in comparison with other API Groups 2 and 3 oils.

4. Certified to SN/GF-5

This certification has something to do with the oil’s property of low volatility required by ILSAC GF-5 which allows for improved engine cleanliness, higher performance level and increase fuel economy by reducing oil consumption in any situation.

5. Made in USA

Unlike imported synthetic base oils, this product is made in the USA. The quality is assured and unquestionable where formulation and blending is made on its homeland.

6. For Modern Gasoline Vehicles

This oil is designed for modern gasoline engine for cars, SUVs, sedans and light trucks. It is also certified and approved as per API SN standards. The advanced protection makes gasoline engines last longer than when use with ordinary crude-based motor oils.

7. Other Approvals and Specs from Major Manufacturers

This synthetic base oil is also approved for use by Ford (WSS 92C954A), Hyundai and Kia and Chrysler MS 12007, among other manufacturers. If your vehicle is not made by manufacturer not mentioned here, better check your vehicle’s manual and find out if you can use this oil for your engine. Always have the chance to check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for the right oil grade for your engine.

Pros & Cons


  • Comes in only one container (5 quarts jug): This product comes in plastic jug having a content of 5 quart, unlike other product that comes in small bottles in pack. The Pennzoil 5W-20 is easier to carry and comes to you in one piece.
  • Increase mileage: On the average, using the Ultra Platinum motor oil will increase your mileage by an average 550 extra miles per year; this may be theoretically converted to more than 24 hours of continuous driving. A lot of savings for the budget conscious driver.
  • Pistons are 25% cleaner: Using this oil for your engine will allow the piston almost 25% cleaner and maintains the torque power and horsepower of your engine against the leading brand.
  • Crystal-clear oil: Since this oil is formulated using the revolutionary PurePlus® Technology, the oil is truly crystal-clear whereas any impurity will be clearly seen even before pouring into the engine. Also unlike crude-based motor oil, this synthetic oil is the choice of big-gun manufacturers.
  • Protection from wear: This low viscosity synthetic oil enhances more mileage, and that is true, at the same time engine moving parts do not wear easily even with prolong use of the vehicle in any terrain, whether it’s a steep climb, muddy, rocky and any other hard to navigate surfaces.
  • More silent engine: Compared to crude-based oil, this variety is proven to make your engine quieter as the low viscosity will allow the efficient of the oil inside the engine.


  • Not suitable for diesel engine: Unlike other oils that have multi-purpose uses, this brand is solely for gasoline engine.
  • Improper disposal is harmful to the environment: The manufacturer had advice users of this oil that disposing this improperly may damage the surroundings, so better check instruction on its container on how to dispose the oil properly.


The insignificant issue against the Ultra Platinum 5W-20 Motor Oil is not enough to compensate for its immense features. This motor oil is not only crystal-clear, reliable, fully synthetic and certified and approved by various manufacturers but also a strong performer that gives more power to your engine.

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