The pragmatic beauty of Valvoline’s NextGen oil

Valvoline NextGen recycled motor oilValvoline is throwing a giant green wrench in the gears of the tire & lube industry…and that’s a good thing. Their new NextGen motor oil is made of 50% recycled oil and 50% new oil.


On their NextGen micro site Valvoline says,

There’s a lot of life left in used oil. Finished motor oil is generally made from 85% base oil and 15% additives. The “oil part” of motor oil doesn’t really wear out. As oil goes through the drain cycle in the engine, it’s the additives that wear out. At the same time, contaminants like fuel, metals and sludge build-up in the oil. But the vast majority of oil molecules do not breakdown and are fully usable. The recycled oil in NextGen goes through a multi-stage refining process to remove contaminants and additives to create fresh base oil. Then Valvoline adds-in award-winning chemistry to create new oil performance that’s 50% recycled.

Worried about how it will affect your engine?

Don’t be. Valvoline formulated NextGen recycled motor oil to meet reach the exact same levels of performance as their traditional motor oils. Valvoline says their NextGen oil exceeds industry standards in Sludge and Wear Protection by more than double the requirements, and exceeds Viscosity Protection requirements by nearly double.

Let me put it this way…I was sold on it enough to use NextGen for my vehicle’s oil change just this past Tuesday.

Even still, many people will be hesitant to jump right in with Valvoline’s NextGen oil, largely due to the fact that the recycled motor oil of old sucked pretty hard (to put it nicely). That very sentiment even got the attention of NPR when they talked about Valvoline’s NextGen recycled oil with Valvoline VP, Thom Smith, and 3rd party oil analyst, Terry Dyson.

Check out the audio:

What do you think about Valvoline’s recycled NextGen oil and would you use it for your next oil change? If you did want to try it out, you will NOT pay an eco-premium for it…which means we’re going to go ahead and stamp it Eco-Snobbery Sucks approved.

True, it does cost $5 more per oil change for the NextGen (vs the traditional conventional or synthetic motor oils), but given the research and infrastructure that had to be created to effectively recycle the used oil into NextGen oil, $5 extra is hardly a hefty “green tax”. And until September 30th, 2011, you can even get a $10 rebate on your NextGen oil change…so you’ll actually save money over a traditional oil.

Valvoline NextGen recycled oil

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  • Terry @ #DysonAnalysis

    Even though its over 3 years later here I would like to comment to this post.

    Valvoline like others have stepped out to use recycled re-refined lubricant bases in their engine oil formulations. The re-used base oils are essentially better than new if the process is done right.

    Better yet consider oil analysis of your car engine, transmission, gearbox, differential if you want to KNOW whats taking place internally.

    Engines today are being asked to produce near 0 regulated emissions and the consumer surprise is that fuels dilution of that engine oil is at all time highs. This dilution is both a symptom and a problem. Its designed in but can leave terrible carbon deposits, interrupt lubricity and eventually build internal deposits that fail direct injection engines by clogging the crankcase venting system most prominently through the intake valves which are now used as defacto EGR ( exhaust gas recirculation) instead of a easily replaceable EGR valve assembly in days past. The only way to get early warning of this effect and make regimen changes to counter them is via used engine oil analysis.

    We offer cutting edge oil analysis at , our Advanced Service should be explored for professional and consumer alike.!dyson-advanced-analysis/c1mwz

    For the average car owner an annual Dyson Advanced Service can cut through the marketing obfuscation and warranty confusion suffered by everyone from the dealer to you the owner.
    Onboard oil life monitors ( algorithm driven) and even the computer monitoring system that displays via Check Engine light or MIL codes are inhibited until there is serious problem. Oil analysis the DysonAnalysis method will disclose the source before the light illuminates.

    Terry Dyson