2020 Honda Civic Engine Oil Capacity

Want to change or top off your 2020 Civic’s oil? Here’s what you need to know about Honda Civic engine oil maintenance.
Written by Cameron Thiessen
Reviewed by Melanie Reiff
The 2020
Honda Civic
has five different available engine options, depending on the trim. All require 0W-20 oil, but the oil capacity will be different depending on the size of the engine.
Generally speaking, the amount of oil a 2020 Civic needs is between 4.4 and 5.7 quarts. To figure out the specific amount, you’ll need to know which engine you have. Take a look in your owner’s manual or under your hood on your engine block—your engine type should be listed there.
You should have your owner’s manual on hand when doing any sort of maintenance on your car. If you’ve misplaced it, you can likely find a digital copy online or order a new physical copy from your dealership.
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2020 Honda Civic engine oil capacity

Here are the oil capacities of each 2020 Honda Civic engine:
  • 2.0-liter I-4: 4.4 quarts
  • 1.5-liter I-4: 3.7 quarts
These liter volumes refer to the displacement of the engine. This is essentially a fancy word that automakers use to describe the size of the engine, particularly referring to the total amount of gas-air mixture that fills the engine’s cylinders. 
Oil capacity is measured in quarts, so be aware that the two figures above that are associated with each engine are very different from one another and not interchangeable.
A 2.0-liter inline-four engine with 158 horsepower is standard for
LX
, Sport Sedan, and Sport Coupe trims. The LX hatchback,
EX
,
EX-L
, and Touring sedan/coupe have a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four
The
Sport
and
Sport Touring
hatchback models have a similar 1.5L I-4 with a slightly upgraded horsepower of 180. The
Si
engine is a turbocharged version of the 1.5L I-4 with 205 horsepower. 
At the top trim level, the 2020
CivicType R
has an impressive 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 that produces a whopping 306 horsepower.

What kind of oil does a 2020 Honda Civic need?

One thing that does help keep it simple is that no matter which 2020 Honda Civic engine you have, you’ll be using 0W-20 motor oil. Honda recommends that you use Genuine Honda Motor Oil to keep your Civic running well for the long haul.
Smaller engines don’t need to use thick oil because there’s less space between the moving components of the engine that the oil would need to fill. 0W-20 oil has a viscosity (aka thickness) index of 0 at 0 degrees Fahrenheit (the “W'' stands for “winter”), and it has a viscosity index of 20 at 212 degrees Fahrenheit, which is an engine’s normal operating temperature. 

How often to change the oil on a 2020 Honda Civic

Because you’ll be using synthetic oil, your Honda Civic can go longer without an
oil change
than vehicles using conventional oil. In fact, most
car maintenance schedules
will recommend to change your Civic’s synthetic oil about every 7,500 miles
Here are some signs to look out for that might indicate you’re past due for an oil change:
  • Dark/opaque oil means your oil is dirty—it should be semi-transparent with a brownish tinge
  • Old oil may cause your engine to produce unfamiliar smells/sounds
  • Old oil can cause a loss in performance and fuel efficiency

How to change your oil and oil filter

If you’re due for an oil change and ready to try doing it yourself, then you’ll want to make sure you have the following tools and materials on hand:
  • Socket wrench
  • Drain pan
  • Filter wrench
  • Replacement oil filter
  • The correct amount of the correct type of oil
  • Rags (for the mess)
Start by running your engine for just a few minutes to warm up your oil. This will make the draining process go faster.
Next, you’ll want to turn off your car and get under it. To do so comfortably, it may be helpful to use small oil change ramps to slightly lift your car. They’re available at auto parts stores and several online retailers.
Now that you have everything ready, follow these steps to perform your oil change:
Open the hood
of your car, find the oil fill cap, and open it.
  • Get underneath the engine and position the drain pan under the oil drain. Be aware that you may need to adjust the pan’s position when the oil starts flowing.
  • Once you’re ready, remove the oil drain bolt and washer with the socket wrench, and prepare for drainage!
  • As the flow of oil starts to slow, you may need to readjust the drain pain to continue catching the oil.
  • At this point, you’re ready to replace the old oil filter with the new one.
  • Once all of the old oil is finished draining, put the oil drain bolt back on with a new washer, and tighten the bolt to 30 lb-ft.
  • Fill your engine with the correct amount of new 0W-20 oil using the same oil fill opening that you removed the cap from under the hood.
After changing your oil, it’s a good idea to turn on your car and let your engine run for about 30 seconds before you check the oil level. This will give you a more accurate measurement, and you’ll be able to top it off if necessary. Also check that your
oil pressure light
has turned off!
Pro Tip Pour the old oil into sealable containers to be recycled. DO NOT dump it down the drain or put it in the garbage.

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