True. But most cars will go 200k no matter what oil you use. And people really don’t want to deal with all the other problems that arise when you pass the 200k mark. So it isn’t all that reasonable to use Mobil 1 as it would be for say a Porsche. Because Porsche is a high performance engine that needs that particular high performance oil to protect all the time unlike the typical average American car. People won’t really care, I don’t think, at the end of the day if the car is burning some oil or burning very little oil.
I have a 1995 Saturn SL with 325k. I had to put in 2 radiators, many brake jobs and so many other things that anyone else who can’t work on their own cars and who doesn’t want all the expensive maintenance bills will gladly say enough is enough at 200 to 250k. But for people like me who want their money to go the distance and who don’t necessarily mind the inconvenience then it does make a difference.
So I think Honda is calculating all of those factors and has made the most reasonable one all around. It makes no sense for the average car driver to use Mobil 1; but I’m not the average car driver. I drive and drive until my cars are no more.