You might not think it, but so much goes into developing a quality Subaru motor oil. Step one: race! Most of our customers love to hear about the proud racing tradition that Subaru vehicles have in the World Rally Championship (among others). Racing, though, is more than just guts & glory.

It's all about product development. At the end of the day, it's all about withstanding the punishment that racing entails. It's how we develop better Subaru oil. Racing breeds that kind of confidence. Your Subaru engine oil is literally the life blood of the vehicle. Without proper lubrication, your engine won't perform.

Read on to learn a little bit about Subaru synthetic oil, filters, and service (or maybe jump to a Subaru Impreza and get behind the wheel of a racing legend).

A Subaru Oil Change You Can Count On

Maybe you've recently spent some time with your new Subaru Outback in the wide-open country. Did you know that a more frequent service interval is required to keep your Subaru oil clean and functioning properly? Let's review some common topics that indicate you might be due for a Subaru oil change:

  • Vintage - As technology changes, so does the required oil. If you drive a 2011 or newer Subaru Forester, a 2012 or newer Subaru Impreza, or a 2013 or newer Subaru Outback, Subaru Legacy, Subaru Crosstrek, Subaru BRZ, or Subaru Ascent, synthetic Subaru oil is required.

  • Synthetic Subaru Oil vs. Conventional Oil - What's the difference? Engineering. As modern engines grow more sophisticated and parts become more specialized to increase performance and efficiency, you need an oil that can physically get to where it needs to go. You could say that it is conventional wisdom that conventional oil is just too thick for more modern Subaru vehicles. Failure to get the correct Subaru recommended oil type could spell disaster!

  • Mileage - Do you know when you're supposed to bring in your Subaru vehicle for an oil change? All models and options have different intervals. For instance, your Subaru Forester may have a different interval than another model, so make sure to verify everything in your owner's manual or call our service center.

  • Extreme Weather - Maybe that doesn't apply to us in Saco, ME, because we never see extreme cold or snow here… but in such places, the weather can take a toll on your engine's oil. It can gum up and emulsify, which in turn creates sludge and deposits. It's easy enough to change it, and this ensures the long life of your Subaru Legacy and others.

  • Extreme Driving - How you use your Subaru vehicle will determine a lot, too. Let's say you have a beautiful new Subaru Ascent. It's equipped to tow and you're pulling water equipment or snowmobiles, not to mention the whole family. Your oil will wear faster. If you are unsure of how your usage might affect your Subaru oil quality, call us to discuss a service interval that's right for you.

Patriot Subaru Near New Hampshire Has You Covered

Maybe you want to cross state lines in your Subaru Crosstrek because you've heard about the exceptional service that our customers love here at Patriot Subaru. We can't wait to see you! Our customers come from far and wide to take advantage of our expert knowledge and top-tier factory parts, lubricants, and service techniques.

Check our website for parts specials and service specials that will keep money in your pocket and your Subaru vehicle on the road! Curious about why servicing with us is important? Not only will you keep your Subaru vehicle in top condition, but you also help us on our quest to see some of Maine's most vulnerable residents taken care of throughout the year with our new initiative called 12 Weeks Of Giving. We take care of our own, and it starts by taking care of your car. We want to see you enjoy your Subaru vehicle for as long as you wish to own it. The correct Subaru oil change should be first on your list. Come on by!

Subaru Oil Guide:

ModelSubaru Oil RequiredCapacity
Subaru BRZ 2013 - 20200W-20 Synthetic Oil5.7 Quarts
Subaru Forester 2002 - 20105W-30 Conventional Oil4.4 Quarts
Subaru Forester 2011 - 20210W-20 Synthetic Oil4.4 - 5.5 Quarts
Subaru Forester XT 2004 - 20105W-30 Conventional Oil4.4 Quarts
Subaru Forester XT 2011 - 20185W-30 Synthetic Oil4.4 - 5.4 Quarts
Subaru Impreza 2002 - 20115W-30 Conventional Oil4.4 Quarts
Subaru Impreza 2012 - 20210W-20 Synthetic Oil4.7 - 5.3 Quarts
Subaru Legacy & Outback 2002 - 20125W-30 Conventional Oil4.4 Quarts
Subaru Legacy & Outback 2013 - 20210W-20 Synthetic Oil4.4 - 5.1 Quarts
Subaru Legacy Turbo 2005 - 20105W-30 Conventional Oil4.5 Quarts
Subaru Legacy Turbo 2011 - 20125W-30 Synthetic Oil4.5 Quarts
Subaru Legacy & Outback 6 Cyl. 2002 - 20195W-30 Conventional Oil6 - 6.9 Quarts
Subaru Legacy & Outback XT (Turbo) 2020 - 20210W-20 Synthetic Oil4.8 Quarts
Subaru WRX 2002 - 20105W-30 Conventional Oil4.4 - 5 Quarts
Subaru WRX 2011 - 20205W-30 Synthetic Oil4.4 - 5.4 Quarts
Subaru Crosstrek 2013 - 20210W-20 Synthetic Oil4.4 - 5.1 Quarts
Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid 2014 - 20210W-20 Synthetic Oil4.4 - 5.1 Quarts
Subaru Ascent 2019 - 20210W-20 Synthetic Oil4.8 Quarts
Patriot Subaru Service Manager, Glen Reed, talks about some of the basic differences between
conventional and synthetic motor oils.  Click here for video!


Many of your questions about Subaru Synthetic Motor Oil are answered here, but if you would like to know more, please talk to the Patriot Subaru Service Department.  They'll be glad to explain the differences between Synthetic and Conventional Motor Oils, and what it means to your vehicle.

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